Awards Season in ATX (Or, Why Austin Needs a Citywide Award of Its Own Already)

Between the Golden Globes, the Grammys, and the upcoming Oscars, there’s no denying it’s awards season. Never one to miss out on the fun, we decided to join.


The Long Center just came home with Paciolan Inc.’s most prestigious award- the Star of the Year. The award, which acknowledges organizations that exceed expectations and achieve uncommon results in ticketing, marketing, or fundraising, earns us a few bragging rights, right?

At least for this week?

To celebrate, and spread the love, this month we’re recognizing some of the best (national and international) awards the Arts in Austin have received. Represent, right?

Wes Anderson– Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for The Grand Budapest Hotel


Fun fact: Wes Anderson graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in philosophy, where he met close friend and collaborator Owen Wilson.

Matthew McConaughey– Academy Award for Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club


Fun Fact: In college (at the University of Texas!), his original career goal was to become a criminal defense lawyer.

Willie Nelson– Over 10 Grammy Awards, 8 CMA Awards, and 5 American Music Awards (in addition to many others).

Fun fact: For his first ever public performance, at 5 years old, Nelson recited a poem.

Sandra Bullock– Academy Award for Best Actress for The Blind Side


Fun Fact: Sandra used to date Matthew McConaughey (let’s take a moment to image the AWESOME-ness of that potential Austin powerhouse couple, y’all).

Eric Johnson– Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance


Fun Fact: His song “Cliffs of Dover” is featured on Guitar Hero 3

Blanton Museum of Art– “Best Thematic Show Nationally” for their 2007 exhibition The Geometry of Home: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection


Fun Fact: The award was presented to the museum at an awards ceremony at the Guggenheim in New York!

Sin City– MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance (hey, we didn’t say they were all super prestigious)


Fun Fact: Austin actor Elijah wood, though credited in the film, has zero lines of dialogue in the entire movie.

Kill Bill Vol. 1– MTV Movie Award(s) for Best Villon, Best Fight, and Best Female Performance (see commentary about above award; ditto here).


Fun Fact: Quentin Tarantino came up with the idea for Kill Bill while talking with Uma Thurman on the set of Pulp Fiction.

Richard Linklater and the cast and crew of Boyhood– BAFTA Award for Best Film, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Drama, London Film Critics’ Circle Film of the Year


…and we’re hoping to add Boyhood for the Academy Award for Best Film. Keeping our fingers crossed!

Did we miss your favorite Arts in Austin award? Share with us in the comments, or hashtag #ArtsinAustin on Facebook and Twitter.

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