David Fincher's The Social Network, about the infighting behind the creation of Facebook, won its fourth film critics' award today, courtesy of the Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA). (Indiana film critics' 2010 winners.) Aaron Sorkin's screenplay was also singled out.
The mind-bending Inception also won two awards in Indiana: Best Director for Christopher Nolan and the Original Vision Award, “meant to recognize a film that is especially innovative or original.” Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, and several other big names, Inception was both a critical and a box office hit.
Natalie Portman was named Best Actress for Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller Black Swan, while James Franco won Best Actor for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours. Totally shut out were The King's Speech (perhaps it wasn't screened for the Indiana critics?) and The Kids Are All Right.
The Best Supporting Actress was a surprise: Hailee Steinfeld, in the old Kim Darby role in Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit. More expected was Christian Bale's victory as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter.
A couple of more surprises out of Indiana: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders' How to Train Your Dragon was voted Best Animated Film – whereas Toy Story 3 has come out victorious elsewhere – while Samuel Maoz's Israeli war drama Lebanon, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, was the Best Foreign Language Film.
Additionally, screenwriter Andie Redwine was honored with The Hoosier Award for her work on Storme Wood's Paradise Recovered, described as “a film about a woman from a cloistered religious sect forced to view her community from a new perspective, which was partially shot in southern Indiana.” The Hoosier Award “recognizes a significant cinematic contribution by a person or persons with Indiana roots.”
Of interest: To be eligible for the IFJA's awards, “a film must have played theatrically in Indiana during the 2010 calendar year, screened to state critics in advance of a 2011 general release date, or play in a Hoosier State film festival such as Indianapolis International Film Festival or Heartland Film Festival.”
The Indiana Film Journalists Association was established in February 2009. It's currently composed of 11 members.
Photo: The Social Network (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures)
Best Film of the Year: The Social Network
Other Finalists: 127 Hours, Black Swan, Exit Through the Gift Shop, The Fighter, Never Let Me Go, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, True Grit, Winter's Bone
Best Animated Film: How to Train Your Dragon
Runner-up: Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Language Film: Lebanon
Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Runner-up: The Tillman Story
Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Runner-up: Debra Granik, Winter's Bone
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Runner-up: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Actor: James Franco, 127 Hours
Runner-up: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Runner-up: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Original Vision Award: Inception
Runner-up: 127 Hours
The Hoosier Award: Andie Redwine, writer/producer of Paradise Recovered
Photo:127 Hours (Chuck Zlotnick / Fox Searchlight)