Looks like the Austin Film Critics Association have become the first critics group to name The Dark Knight as their favorite of the year (the flick tied Slumdog Millionaire in votes in Chicago). Variety tells us those crazy cats from Texas (drunk off the intoxicating vibes at the Alamo Drafthouse, perhaps) handed out a total of five awards to the Batman sequel, including Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger), Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Score. Other notable Austin Critics awards went to Let the Right One In (Best Foreign Language), Sean Penn, Milk (Best Actor) and Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married (Best Actress).

While The Dark Knight has pushed its way onto more than a few top ten lists (AFI included it in their top 10), the film has taken somewhat of a backseat to frontrunners like Slumdog Millionaire, Milk and WALL-E. In the last round of critics awards, Boston showed a tie between Slumdog and WALL-E -- giving the latter yet another push toward a potential Best Picture nod at the Oscars. Will The Dark Knight continue to remain on the sidelines, or will other critic groups refuse to let Baby sit in the corner?