Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards

This marks my first awards season as a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) and I am very proud to present our awards for 2010. A little commentary on the awards first, though. I want to point out that this is not my personal list or anything (I'll be posting a Top Ten list later on this year), but I feel this is a very strong list and I can't really disagree with how the voting came out. A few points that would have come out differently if I had my druthers, though: Black Swan would be the best film of the year with Aronofsky taking directing honors as well (though I am very happy to see Nolan's name there). I loved James Franco in 127 Hours, but in the end I felt Jesse Eisenberg gave the best performance of the year.

More importantly, I emphatically support our selection of Hailee Steinfeld for Best Supporting Actress (True Grit) and Christian Bale for Best Supporting Actor (The Fighter). And, as you probably know if you read my Black Swan review, I am in complete support of Natalie Portman winning Best Actress.

Enough of my rambling, though; here are the IFJA's 2010 Awards, enjoy!

Indiana Film Journalists Association announces 2010 Awards

The Indiana Film Journalists Association, an organization of journalists dedicated to promoting quality film criticism in the Hoosier State, is pleased to announce its annual film awards.

"The Social Network" took top honors, winning Best Film as well as Aaron Sorkin for Best Screenplay. "Inception" received two awards, Best Director Christopher Nolan and the Original Vision Award.

Winners were declared in 12 categories, with a runner-up in 11 categories. In addition, a total of 10 movies (including the winner and runner-up) were recognized as Finalists for the top prize, Best Film of the Year.

Natalie Portman was named Best Actress for "Black Swan." James Franco won Best Actor for "127 Hours." Hailee Steinfeld took Best Supporting Actress for "True Grit" and Christian Bale was named Best Supporting Actor for "The Fighter."

"How to Train Your Dragon" was named Best Animated Film, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" Best Documentary and "Lebanon" Best Foreign Language Film.

Andie Redwine was honored with The Hoosier Award for her work on "Paradise Recovered," a film about a woman from a cloistered religious sect forced to view her community from a new perspective, which was partially shot in southern Indiana.

To be eligible, a film must have played theatrically in Indiana during the 2010 calendar year, screened to state critics in advance of a 2011 general release date, or play in a Hoosier State film festival such as Indianapolis International Film Festival or Heartland Film Festival.

Below is a complete list of honored films. A word of explanation about the last two categories:

The Original Vision Award is meant to recognize a film that is especially innovative or original.

The Hoosier Award recognizes a significant cinematic contribution by a person or persons with Indiana roots. As a special award, no runner-up is declared.

Best Film of the Year
Winner: "The Social Network"
Runner-up: "Inception"
Other Finalists: "127 Hours," "Black Swan," "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "The Fighter," "Never Let Me Go," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "True Grit," "Winter's Bone"

Best Animated Film
Winner: "How to Train Your Dragon"
Runner-up: "Toy Story 3"

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: "Lebanon"
Runner-up: "Biutiful"

Best Documentary
Winner: "Exit Through the Gift Shop"
Runner-up: "The Tillman Story"

Best Screenplay
Winner: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"
Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, "Inception"

Best Director
Winner: Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
Runner-up: Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone"

Best Actress
Winner: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"
Runner-up: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"

Best Actor
Winner: James Franco, "127 Hours"
Runner-up: Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
Runner-up: John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone"

Original Vision Award
Winner: "Inception"
Runner-up: "127 Hours"

The Hoosier Award
Winner: Andie Redwine, writer/producer of "Paradise Recovered"

About IFJA: The Indiana Film Journalists Association was established in February 2009 with six founding members, and has since expanded its roster to 11. 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
Eric Harris,, The Perry County News
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
Gina Wagner, /

Contact: Christopher Lloyd,, (317) 253-3014.

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