Indiana Film Journalists Association announces 2011 Awards

Monday, December 12, 2011
"The Artist" was selected as Best Picture of the Year by the Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) Monday.

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 for 2011.

"The Artist" took top honors, winning Best Film as well as Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius) and Best Musical Score (Ludovic Bource).

"Win Win" earned two prizes, Paul Giamatti for Best Actor and Thomas McCarthy for Best Original Screenplay.

"The Descendants," which was named runner-up for Best Film, won Best Adapted Screenplay for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

Elizabeth Olsen took the Best Actress prize for "Martha Marcy May Marlene," while Viola Davis was named Best Supporting Actress for "The Help." Christopher Plummer took Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners."

Winners were declared in 14 categories, with a runner-up in 13 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.

"Rango" was named Best Animated Film, "Project Nim" Best Documentary and "The Skin I Live In" Best Foreign Language Film. "The Tree of Life" was given the Original Vision Award.

Lindsay Goffman was honored with The Hoosier Award as the producer of "Dumbstruck," a documentary about ventriloquists that was released nationally by Magnolia Pictures.

A word of explanation about the last two categories:

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

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.

The following is a complete list of honored films:

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"

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.


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