“Marriage Story” Leads Indiana Film Journalists Association 2019 Awards

Marriage Story, a humanistic drama that depicts the painful process of a cross-country divorce, took three prizes at the 2019 Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) awards — including Best Film, Best Actor for Adam Driver and Best Original Screenplay for Noah Baumbach.

Parasite was named Runner-Up for Best Film, in addition to taking the prizes for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director for Bong Joon-ho. Eight additional films were named Best Film Finalists, collectively representing the group’s picks for the 10 best films of the year.

Booksmart director Olivia Wilde won Breakout of the Year. Her film also placed as a Best Film finalist.

Lupita Nyong’o was named Best Actress for her dual performance in Us while the film’s composer, Michael Abels, won for Best Musical Score.

Other winners included:

  • Willem Dafoe as Best Supporting Actor for The Lighthouse
  • Jennifer Lopez as Best Supporting Actress for Hustlers
  • Knives Out for Best Ensemble Acting
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World for Best Animated Film
  • For Sama for Best Documentary

Jason Liles, Alan Maxson and Richard Dorton won the IFJA’s Best Vocal / Motion-Capture Performance award for their collective work to embody Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The IFJA’s Original Vision Award, given to a film with innovative and distinct storytelling, went to Robert Eggers for The Lighthouse, a unique horror tale told using period-specific language.

The Hoosier Award, which recognizes a significant cinematic contribution by a person or persons with roots in Indiana or a film that depicts Hoosier State locales and stories, went to Jason Keller for his work co-writing the script for Ford v Ferrari.

IFJA members issued this Hoosier Award statement: “It may have been a decade ago that Indianapolis native Jason Keller began working on the screenplay to Ford v Ferrari, but he fondly invokes the inspiration of his inaugural visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a young boy. Keller’s work on the screenplay brings out the excitement of auto racing and gives vivid life to the actual historical figures who were part of the Ford Racing Team’s initial journey to Le Mans.”

Below is a complete list of winners and runners-up in all IFJA categories:

BEST FILM

WINNER: Marriage Story

RUNNER-UP: Parasite

OTHER FINALISTS (listed alphabetically):

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Booksmart

Ford v Ferrari

Knives Out

The Lighthouse

Little Women

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

WINNER: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

RUNNER-UP: I Lost My Body

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

WINNER: Parasite

RUNNER-UP: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST DOCUMENTARY

WINNER: For Sama

RUNNER-UP: Apollo 11

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

WINNER: Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

RUNNER-UP: Robert Eggers & Max Eggers, The Lighthouse

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

WINNER: Greta Gerwig, Little Women

RUNNER-UP: Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

BEST DIRECTOR

WINNER: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

RUNNER-UP: Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST ACTRESS

WINNER: Lupita Nyong’o, Us

RUNNER-UP: Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

WINNER: Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers

Runner-Up: Taylor Russell, Waves

BEST ACTOR

WINNER: Adam Driver, Marriage Story

RUNNER-UP: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

WINNER: Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

RUNNER-UP: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

BEST VOCAL / MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE

WINNER: Jason Liles, Alan Maxson and Richard Dorton, Godzilla: King of the Monsters

RUNNER-UP: Rosa Salazar, Alita: Battle Angel

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING

WINNER: Knives Out

RUNNER-UP: Little Women

BEST MUSICAL SCORE

WINNER: Michael Abels, Us

Runner-Up: Cavern of Anti-Matter, In Fabric

BREAKOUT OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Olivia Wilde, Booksmart (director)

RUNNER-UP: Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit (actor)

ORIGINAL VISION AWARD

WINNER: Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse

RUNNER-UP: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

HOOSIER AWARD

WINNER: Jason Keller, Ford v Ferrari (screenwriter)

(As a special award, no runner-up is declared in this category.)

About the 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. Midwest Film Journal writers Aly Caviness, Evan Dossey, Mitch Ringenberg, Nick Rogers and Sam Watermeier are all IFJA members, as are contributors Bob Bloom, Eric Harris, Lou Harry, Richard Propes, Joe Shearer and Emily Wheeler.



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Administrator of Midwest Film Journal. Previously a staff writer for TheFilmYap.com, Evan has been writing film criticism in the Indianapolis area for over half a decade. He is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He also reviews Oreos.


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