Indiana Film Journalists pick year's best 

The Artist
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The Indiana Film Journalists Association, an organization of Indiana residents producing "consistent, quality film criticism or commentary in any medium," announced the winners of its 2011 awards yesterday.

The Artist, a French silent film with musical soundtrack that has yet to screen in Indianapolis, won best film, best director (Michel Hazanavicius) and best score (Ludovic Bource). Win Win won two prizes, best actor (Paul Giamatti) and best original screenplay (Thomas McCarthy).

The Tree of Life won the Original Vision Award, which is "meant to recognize a film that is especially innovative or groundbreaking. And the Hoosier Award, which recognizes significant work by an Indiana resident, was awarded to Lindsay Goffman, the producer of Dumbstruck, a documentary about ventriloquists released by Magnolia Pictures.

The organization's 11 members include NUVO film editor Ed Johnson-Ott and contributor Matthew Socey.

Best Film of the Year
Winner: The Artist
Runner-up: The Descendants
Other Finalists: Coriolanus, Drive, Hugo, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Muppets, The Skin I Live In, Super 8, The Tree of Life.

Best Animated Film
Winner: Rango
Runner-up: Winnie the Pooh

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: The Skin I Live In
Runner-up: 13 Assassins

Best Documentary
Winner: Project Nim
Runner-up: Into the Abyss

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Thomas McCarthy, Win Win
Runner-up: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Runner-up: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Director
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Runner-up: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Actress
Winner: Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Runner-up: Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Viola Davis, The Help
Runner-up: Amy Ryan, Win Win

Best Actor
Winner: Paul Giamatti, Win Win
Runner-up: Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Runner-up: Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Musical Score
Winner: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Runner-up: Howard Shore, Hugo

Original Vision Award
Winner: The Tree of Life
Runner-up: The Artist

The Hoosier Award
Winner: Lindsay Goffman, producer of Dumbstruck

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