The jury is in. The Indiana Film Journalists Association, which includes NUVO's own Ed Johnson-Ott, has announced its first-ever annual film awards.

To be eligible, a film must have played theatrically in Indiana during the 2009 calendar year, screened to state critics in advance of a 2010 general release date, or play in a local film festival such as Indianapolis International Film Festival or Heartland Film Festival.

Jason Reitman's (Thank You for Smoking, Juno) Up in the Air, about a corporate drone addicted to the world of travel, swept the big awards: Best Film, Screenplay, and Actor (George Clooney).

The runner-up for the top prize is Wes Anderson's (Rushmore) fun and surprisingly poignant stop-motion animated caper, Fantastic Mr. Fox. It did, however, win Best Animated Film over Pixar's Up. Pixar has finally been trumped! Let's hope it stays that way come Oscar time.

Winners were declared in 12 categories total, with a runner-up in 11.

And the winners are...

Best Film of the Year

Winner: Up in the Air

Runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Other Finalists: (500) Days of Summer, District 9, The Hurt Locker, Julie & Julia, Moon, Nine, Up, Where the Wild Things Are.

Best Animated Film

Winner: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Runner-up: Up

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: Sin Nombre

Runner-up: Welcome

Best Documentary

Winner: The Cove

Runner-up: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Best Screenplay

Winner: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Runner-up: Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers, Where the Wild Things Are

Best Director

Winner: Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are

Runner-up: Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Best Actress

Winner: Carey Mulligan, An Education

Runner-up: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Runner-up: Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Best Actor

Winner: George Clooney, Up in the Air

Runner-up: Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Runner-up: Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones and Julie & Julia

Original Vision Award

Winner: Where the Wild Things Are

Runner-up: District 9

The Hoosier Award

Winner: Actor Doug Jones, director Morgan Mead and screenwriter David Hamilton for My Name Is Jerry, which premiered at the Heartland Film Festival earlier this year.

About IFJA: The Indiana Film Journalists Association was formed in February of this year with six founding members, which has since expanded to nine. Members must reside in the Hoosier State and produce consistent, quality film criticism or commentary in any medium.


Bob Bloom, Lafayette Journal & Courier

Caine Gardner, Greencastle Banner-Graphic, The Film

Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal

Ed Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly

Christopher Lloyd, The Film, The Current

Richard Propes, The Independent

Nick Rogers,, The Film

Joe Shearer, The Film,

Matthew Socey, WFYI