I've been a part of the Indiana Film Journalists Assocation, a tribe of scribes dedicated to smart discussion of movies, since its inception.
And one of my favorite times of year is December, when we hurl our opinions at each other to determine what the group will announce as the best film, best performances, etc. of the year.
Almost as much fun: Watching as the blogosophere trashes or praises our picks.
Only one of my top choices landed a first-place slot this year. But I--unlike many politicians--understand and appreciate compromise. Besides, I can share my own opinions through my column. Look in the upcoiming IBJ for thoughts on the films that most impressed, engaged and entertained me.
For now, though, let us know what you think of the IFJA picks. And keep an eye out for future IBJ Night at the Movies sneek previews.
Winner: "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Runner-Up: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Other Finalists(listed alphabetically):
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Animated Feature
Winner: "Rise of the Guardians"
Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: "The Raid: Redemption"
Winner: "Searching for Sugar Man"
Runner-Up: "Room 237"
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Derek Connolly, "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Runner-Up: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Stephen Chbosky, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Runner-Up: David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Winner: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Runner-Up: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Winner: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Runner-Up: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables”
Runner-Up: Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Runner-Up: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Best Musical Score
Winner: Thomas Newman, "Skyfall"
Runner-Up: Mychael Danna, "Life of Pi"
Original Vision Award
Winner: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Runner-Up: "Django Unchained"
The Hoosier Award
Winner: Jon Vickers, Founding Director of Indiana University Cinema
(As a special award, no runner-up is declared in this category.)
About IFJA: The Indiana Film Journalists Association was established in February 2009. Members must reside in the Hoosier State and produce consistent, quality film criticism or commentary in any medium. More info here.