Everything Everywhere All At Once Wins Everything at the Austin Film Critics Association Award
Cosmic comedy sweeps the board with nine wins
By Richard Whittaker,
4:25PM, Wed. Jan. 11, 2023
Nine months ago, phantasmagorical adventure Everything Everywhere All At Once vaulted into the hearts of Austin audiences with its world premiere at SXSW: now the multiversal comedy has taken a victory lap with a near clean sweep in the Austin Film Critics Association's 2022 awards.
So, in total, it won (deep breath); Best Film, Best Director (Daniels), Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actress (Stephanie Hsu), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing - a remarkable nine wins out of eleven nominations.
However, EEAAO left some awards for other movies. The only film to even come close in terms of numbers was Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, which was named Best Animated Film while Jenny Slate won Best Voice Acting/Animated/Digital Performance for her voice work as Marcel himself.
Filling out the list: Colin Farrell took Best Actor for his turn as the world's most tedious man in The Banshees of Inisherin, while Justin Hurwitz won the Best Original Score award for Babylon, and Rian Johnson took Best Adapted Screenplay for his own sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Best Documentary went to All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Laura Poitras' portrait of activist/artist Nan Goldin. South Korea won the Best International Film for Park Chan-wook's tragic noir, Decision to Leave, and if we're talking international, Nick Powell is Best Stunt Coordinator for India's international crowd-pleasing blockbuster, RRR.
The AFCA also selected Charlotte Wells as recipient of the Best First Film for her heartbreaking meditation on parenthood and orphanhood, Aftersun. Meanwhile, the Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award went to Wednesday star Jenna Ortega for an astonishing year in films with The Fallout, Studio 666, and X, while Austinite Glen Powell received a Special Award for an equally stellar year and his work on Top Gun: Maverick, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, and Devotion.
And last but far from least, the AFCA awarded the Austin Film Award (presented to a film whose director or directors live in Austin) to Descendant, Margaret Brown's archaeological exploration of the discovery of the Clotilde, America's last slave ship. To celebrate the win, there will be a special screening at AFS Cinema on Jan. 22.
AFCA Top 10 Films of 20221: Everything Everywhere All At Once
2: The Banshees of Inisherin
4: Decision to Leave
7: Top Gun: Maverick
8: Bones and All
9: The Fabelmans