“The Artist” wins Audience Award in Austin – AWARDS ALLEY
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: We don’t yet have a clear-cut frontrunner in the Oscar race. There is support in certain circles for such films as “Moneyball,” “The Descendants” and “The Help.” We’re still waiting to see “War Horse,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” A lot can change between now and then.
One thing that hasn’t wavered, however, is the audience support for Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist,” which started charming patrons back at Cannes. The film’s latest conquest was The 2011 Austin Film Festival, which took home the Audience Award for the Out-of-Competition category at this year’s fest.
Totally understandable. It is an absolute crowd pleaser, and I expect it to play extremely well with Academy members this season. Well enough to win the Best Picture prize? Only time will tell.
Here are the rest of Austin’s Audience Award winners:
The winners are as follows:
Out of Competition Feature:
Writer/Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Narrative Feature Competition:
Writer/Director: Jeremiah Jones
Documentary Feature Competition: (Tie)
ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS
Director: Adam Cornelius
STORIES FROM AN UNDECLARED WAR
Director: Dennis Rice
Writers: Brandon Dickerson, Thomas Ward, Wes Cunningham
Director: Brandon Dickerson
FRED & VINNIE
Writer: Fred Stoller
Director: Steve Skrovan
MWANSA THE GREAT
Writers: Rungano Nyoni, Gabriel Gauchet
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Narrative Student Short:
Writers: Evan Ho, Huay Bing-Law
Director: Huay Bing-Law
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE
Writer: William Joyce
Directors: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
ELLIOTT ERWITT: I BARK AT DOGS
Director: Douglas Sloan
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