IFJA announces first slate of movie bests

December 14, 2009
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There were no fisticuffs, but the newly formed Indiana Film Journalists Association did witness some lively discussion as it selected its first-ever Awards. Their picks honored films that were released in Indiana in 2009--or, at least, played a festival here.


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"


Your thoughts?


  • MNIJ
    Great to see "My Name is Jerry" recognized by the IFJA.
  • a plan!
    I haven't seen any of these, but that's because I haven't seen many movies at all this year. I am glad to have this list to work my way through - either at the movie theatres or on DVDs.

    Thanks, Lou and committee!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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