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
Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: Sin Nombre
Winner: The Cove
Runner-up: Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Winner: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Runner-up: Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers, Where the Wild Things Are
Winner: Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are
Runner-up: Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox
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
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 Yap.com
Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal
Ed Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
Christopher Lloyd, The Film Yap.com, The Current
Richard Propes, The Independent Critic.com
Matthew Socey, WFYI