You-review-it Monday plus Indiana Film Journalists awards

December 12, 2011
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My weekend A&E was focused on watching as many films as possible.

Why?

Well, for pleasure, of course. But also because I'm a voting member in the Indiana Film Journalists Association and this is when we pick our annual awards.

I'll be writing about the winners, the process, and my choices in next week's IBJ. 

For now, here's what resulted from our multi-hour debate at Sahm's Tavern (remember, these are the results of the group debating and voting):

 

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”

 

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  • Carmel Symphony
    I heard just one concert this week. The amazing Angela Brown was soprano soloist with the Carmel Symphony at the Palladium and played to a nearly sold out house. The orchestra played very well under Music Director David Bowden, and gave a really nice variety of holiday music. Principal trumpet Steve Pfoser, playing on flugelhorn, gave a nice rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
    Principal horn Dave Poncar had several nice solo moments, the favorite for the audience being his rendition of the IU fight song about ten minutes before the concert when the score of the IU and Kentucky game was known. Angela Brown is an Indy native and IU grad who has become a major international star in opera. She recently finished a run of Aida in Hamburg and now resides in Paris after a recent marriage. Her voice was splendidly lush and full, and her Mary Did You Know and O Holy Night were really memorable. She showed her pop side in a hip-hop version of Little Drummer Boy. The concert ended with a soaring soprano solo arrangement of Angels We Have Heard On High. It was a glorious send off into the Christmas season.
  • Boogie Woogie Holidays!
    Saw the BOBDIREX production of Boogie Woogie Holidays at the Athenaeum Sat evening. Bob Harbin and his group never disappoint - it is a terrific show. Highly recommend catching one of the remaining performances next weekend!

    And as far as films go, I am living for Christmas Day and "War Horse"!
  • 1 movie, 2 holiday shows
    I haven't seen "The Artist" but I did see "The Descendants" and LOVED it, so I am glad it is the runner-up on the IFJA's list, Lou. Congratulations to the group on reaching consensus for what must have been a challenging list to compile!

    Sally-in-Indy, I saw "Boogie Woogie Holidays" at the Athenaeum a couple weekends ago and enjoyed it very much, too. Beautiful voices, beautiful instrumental music, lovely collection of Christmas nostalgia.

    Speaking of that show, Director Bob Harbin invited his Twitter followers (including me) to live-tweet a "Twitter Preview Night" in exchange for free admission. I accepted the invitation because a)free show with several of my favorite "destination performers" but also b)I thought it would be fun to hang with some other #indystage tweeters in person at a show, especially the ones I had never met before in person, and c) I admire the tweeters I follow that are able to make live-tweeting an art form all its own.

    The in-person social aspect was indeed a lot of fun, but I know now that live-tweeting a show is not something I really enjoy. What I enjoy most is giving the full attention of my mind, body, and spirit to a piece of live performance art...and immediately AFTERWARDS sharing a little something about it in writing.

    Actually, I miss writing a large something about it afterwards but I am not ready to return to blogging yet. Micro-blogging (tweeting) will have to sustain me for a while longer.

    Anyway, I appreciate Bob Harbin giving me the chance to experience live-tweeting a show without offending anyone.

    This past weekend I saw "Our Goose Is Cooked" at the Phoenix Theatre. It is the best yet of their quirky holiday collections! A just-right mix of irreverence and resepect...and a just-right mix of story, music, and dance, all offered via a strong, well-balanced ensemble of performers and a strong design team.

    My favorite piece was called "The Teacher," written by Matt Hooverman and performed by Chuck Goad and Scot Greenwell. I was surprised to find myself weeping during it. I guess it just pushed (in a good way) a lot of my buttons related to storytelling, writing, and teaching.

    But I laughed a lot during the Phoenix show, too, and I was moved to tears at other points as well. I left feeling SO GLAD that I had made time for it.

    My only disappointment was that Claire Wilcher didn't have a whole song all to herself. I admire her ability to be an ego-free asset to any kind of ensemble (musical or comedic) and I was not disappointed AT ALL by any of the other singers in the Phoenix show, but I also just really love to hear Claire sing and I don't get to as often as I would like.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
    @IndyTheatre
    • Tweets
      Hope, I follow BOBDIREX on Facebook and saw the invitation for the pre-opening rehearsal. Came thisclose to accepting, but decided against it for the exact same reason that you cite: I want my full attention directed to the performance! I did post a very positive Facebook comment after Sat's show, urging FB friends to see it. It was very generous of Bob to extend the invitation, and hope lots of his Twitter followers took him up on it.

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Our Goose Is Cooked - we're going to try to catch that one yet this season, too.

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