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Houston Film Critics crown their Favourite in annual awards show

Houston Film Critics crown their Favourite in annual awards show

Emma Stone in The Favourite
Photo by Yorgos Lanthimos

The Favourite was indeed the favorite last night at the Houston Film Critics Society's 12th Annual Movie Awards on January 3. 

Yorgos Lanthimos's vicious costume dramedy took home several awards at the ceremony, held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Brown Auditorium. It won Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz.

"We are thrilled to honor such a creative and entertaining film," HFCS president Joshua Starnes says in a statement. "The Favourite uses a broad visual approach, and a deep appreciation for its characters, to rethink the costume drama. Who would have thought a movie about royals could be so fun?"

Alfonso Cuaron's Roma was also a three-time winner, getting awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Director.

In the acting categories, Christian Bale took Best Actor for his Method turn as Dick Cheney in the biopic Vice, while Toni Collette got Best Actress for her harrowing performance as a tortured mother in Hereditary. For Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali for playing real-life piano prodigy Don Shirley in Green Book.

As for the other awards: Isle of Dogs won for Best Animated Film, Won't You Be My Neighbor? received Best Documentary, First Man got Best Visual Effects, If Beale Street Could Talk picked up Best Score, and A Star is Born had the Best Song, according to the critics. Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman won Best Poster, while that R-rated puppetfest The Happytime Murders was the unfortunate recipient of the Worst Film award.

Not one, but two Texas Independent Film Awards were given out. The tense drama The Standoff at Sparrow Creek won the feature award, and Austin-based director Andrew Bujalski got the Visionary Award for his film Support the Girls.

While none of the filmmakers were present to pick up their honors (Collette and First Man's Paul Lambert did send lovely notes that were read), local filmmaker and Edwards Marq*E manager Damir Catic did show up to receive his award for Outstanding Local Cinematic Achievement.