Let us all praise Austin, Texas!
They gave Best Actress to Ellen Page for Hard Candy (the first critics group in all of America to not give their prize to Helen Mirren), Best Actor to Leonardo DiCaprio, Original Screenplay for Pan's Labyrinth, Alfonso Cuaron winning Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Children of Men, This Film is Not Yet Rated for Best Documentary (that's a first too), Brick for Best First Feature, A Scanner Darkly for Best Picture and their Top 10 includes Brick, The Fountain and The Prestige!
Austin is my favourite critics group now. It's about time somebody stopped with the ubiquitous Forest Whitaker/Helen Mirren stuff. I doubt by the time I get to give out the UMAs that Helen Mirren will even be in my top 5! There's already at least two above her, possibly three - I'm still not sure who I prefer out of Mirren or Laura Linney (for Jindabyne).
Hmm. Oh well.