Austin Critics flabbergast fans, snubs Precious, ranks Star Trek runner up best picture

Texans NEVER do what they're expected to…heh heh heh…

Austin proved why it's not one for towing the line when it's film critics announced their awards. Home to perhaps the most revered indie theater in the country, the Alamo Draft House, and home to the SXSW Film Festival every year. Austin stuck with a few tried and true winners, awarding Best Picture to The Hurt Locker, and that films' Kathryn Bigelow as best director.

But Austin's top ten rankings are going to rile a LOT of indie folks, because ranked second and third respectively and ahead of all the other darlings of the season are Star Trek and Up. Conspicuously absent from the top 10 ranking – Nine, A Single Man, and (gasp!), Precious. In fact, Precious was completely SHUT OUT of Austin's awards, with Anna Kendrick picking up Austin's supporting actress honors for Up In The Air, which if i'm not mistaken is Mo'Nique's first loss of the season.

THE WINNERS:

Top 10 Films
1. The Hurt Locker
2. Star Trek
3. Up
4. A Serious Man
5. Up in the Air
6. Avatar
7. Inglourious Basterds
8. District 9
9. Where the Wild Things Are
10. (tie) Moon, The Messenger

Best Picture
The Hurt Locker

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Actor
Colin Firth, A Single Man

Best Actress
Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Best Original Screenplay
Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino

Best Adapted Screenplay
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best Cinematography
The Hurt Locker, Barry Ackroyd

Best Original Score
Up, Michael Glacchino

Best Foreign Language Film
Sin Nombre, Cary Fukunaga

Best Documentary Film
Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Best Animated Feature
Up

Breakthrough Artist Award
Christian McKay, Me & Orson Welles

Best First Film
District 9, Neill Blomkamp

Best Austin Film
Me & Orson Welles

Top 10 Films of the Decade
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
3. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
5. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
6. Kill Bill (2003/4)
7. No Country for Old Men (2007)
8. The Incredibles (2004)
9. Children of Men (2006)
10. (tie) Memento (2000), The Departed (2006)

Oh, INDIEwire blogs are going to be INSANE tomorrow morning…heh heh heh….