We're looking for contributors

Director Jason Reitman's 'Up in the Air' Tops Southeastern Film Critics Awards

Director Jason Reitman Up in the AirDirector Jason Reitman's 'Up in the Air' is Best Picture, but Kathryn Bigelow is Best Director: Southeastern Film Critics Awards 2009 (photo: Jason Reitman and George Clooney on 'Up in the Air' set)

Director Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, the tale of a corporate-downsizing expert and frequent flyer (George Clooney) who begins to question both his ethics and his life's purpose, was the Best Film of 2009 according to the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Their Best Director, however, was critics' favorite Kathryn Bigelow for the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker.

Among the other Southeastern Film Critics' award winners were George Clooney for Up in the Air, Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia, Christoph Waltz as a nasty Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Mo'Nique as a mean mom in Lee Daniels' Precious. All four performers have won awards elsewhere and, at least for the time being, all four could be considered the top contenders for the 2010 Academy Awards.

Here's a partial list of their previous wins: 2009 National Board of Review (Clooney), Boston Society of Film Critics (Streep, Mo'Nique, Waltz), Los Angeles Film Critics (Mo'Nique, Waltz), New York Film Critics (Clooney, Streep, Mo'Nique, Waltz), New York Film Critics Online (Streep, Mo'Nique, Waltz), San Francisco Film Critics (Streep, Mo'Nique), Washington Film Critics (Clooney, Mo'Nique, Waltz), and even the 2009 Cannes Film Festival (Waltz) and the 2009 Sundance Film Festival (Mo'Nique).

Director Olivier Assayas' 'Summer Hours' is Best Foreign Language Film

Writer-director Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours, starring Jérémie Renier, Juliette Binoche, and Charles Berling, was the Southeastern Film Critics' Best Foreign Language Film. This is Summer Hours' fourth win this awards seasons, which is kind of a surprise as Assayas' family drama hadn't been getting all that much pre-awards season buzz. In fact, the little-seen (in the U.S.) French film didn't seem to be getting any buzz at all. That has all changed after the Los Angeles, Boston, and New York Film Critics went for it.

Recognition outside critics' circles – i.e., the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards – looks iffy. Not helping matters is the fact that the film is ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar because in its place France has submitted Jacques Audiard's acclaimed prison drama A Prophet, starring Tahar Rahim.

And finally, screenwriter-director Scott Teems' That Evening Sun, starring veteran Hal Holbrook, has at last won an award from a critics' group: the Southeastern Film Critics' Wyatt Award for a film "that captures the spirit of the South." See below the full list of the 2009 Southeastern Film Critics Association's winners and runners-up.

2009 Southeastern Film Critics' winners and runners-up

BEST PICTURE
1. Up in the Air; director: Jason Reitman
2. The Hurt Locker; director: Kathryn Bigelow
3. Up directed Director: Pete Docter
4. Inglourious Basterds; director: Quentin Tarantino
5. A Serious Man; director: Joel and Ethan Coen
6. (500) Days of Summer; director: Marc Webb
7. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire; director: Lee Daniels
8. The Messenger; director: Oren Moverman
9. Fantastic Mr. Fox; director: Wes Anderson
10. District 9; director: Neill Blomkamp

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Summer Hours; director: Olivier Assayas (France)

Runner-up: The White Ribbon; director: Michael Haneke (Germany)

BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

Runner-up: Jason Reitman - Up in the Air

BEST ACTOR: George Clooney - Up in the Air

Runner-up: Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTRESS: Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia; director: Nora Ephron

Runner-up: Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Runner-up: Woody Harrelson - The Messenger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo'Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Runner-up: Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber - (500) Days of Summer

Runner-up: Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner - Up in the Air

Runner-up: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach - Fantastic Mr. Fox

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Food, Inc.; director: Robert Kenner

Runner-up: The Cove; director: Louis Psihoyos

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Up; director: Pete Docter

Runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox; director: Wes Anderson

WYATT AWARD: That Evening Sun; director: Scott Teems

Runner-up: Goodbye Solo; director: Ramin Bahrani

Director Jason Reitman and George Clooney Up in the Air photo: Dale Robinette / Paramount Pictures.

If you found Director Jason Reitman's 'Up in the Air' Tops Southeastern Film Critics Awards an informative post, please recommend it to your friends. See share buttons above and on the left.
And consider following Alt Film Guide on Facebook and/or joining the FB group All About Movies.
Director Jason Reitman's 'Up in the Air' Tops Southeastern Film Critics Awards © 2004-2015 Alt Film Guide and/or author(s). Text NOT to be reproduced without prior written consent.

Continue Reading: UP IN THE AIR Tops Golden Globes 2010

Previous Post: THE HURT LOCKER, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep Win in San Francisco


You can leave your comment about Director Jason Reitman's 'Up in the Air' Tops Southeastern Film Critics Awards in the space below. Important: Different views and opinions are perfectly fine, but courtesy and respect are imperative. Abusive, bigoted, baseless (spreading misinformation), and/or inflammatory comments will be deleted, and such commenters may be banned.

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>




FROM THE ARCHIVES

THE HURT LOCKER is Austin Film Critics' Top Choice
AVATAR Box Office: Crosses $450 Million Mark
BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS Top Hong Kong Film Award Nominations
Anna Kendrick, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe: Oscar Nominees Luncheon Photo
Oscar Nominee Jeremy Renner to Present at 2010 Student Academy Awards
Roman Polanski, Joel and Ethan Coen, Aaron Sorkin: USC Scripter Award Nominations
Annie Awards: DreamWorks vs. Pixar / Disney (1998-2010)
Jamie Campbell Bower Best Brit Going Global: National Movie Award Winners
Kathryn Bigelow ZERO DARK THIRTY, ARGO: Best Director / Best Screenplay Front-Runners
Jared Leto Best Supporting Actor Oscar Speech: Ukraine, AIDS Victims Remembered