Monday, December 14, 2009
Up in the Air Tops Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman's alternately funny and surprisingly touching comic drama about the misadventures of a corporate axe man, was named best picture of the year in the 18th Annual Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.
The film also scored awards for George Clooney, for best actor, and Reitman and Sheldon Turner, for their adaptation of the Walter Kirn novel.
Kathryn Bigelow was named best director for her work on the intense and disturbing The Hurt Locker, set in wartime Iraq.
The other major acting awards went to Meryl Streep (best actress), who portrayed celebrated cook Julia Child in Julie & Julia; Christoph Waltz (best supporting actor) as a frighteningly sly SS officer in Inglourious Basterds; and hip-hop star Mo'Nique, as an emotionally abusive mother from hell in Precious.
The funny and romantic (500) Days of Summer won for best original screenplay, for a script co-written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, while Pixar's Up barely edged out Wes Anderson's stop-motion gem Fantastic Mr. Fox for best animated feature.
Food, Inc. won for best documentary. Writer-director Scott Teems’ That Evening Sun, featuring Hal Halbrook's sterling portrayal of an aging, bitter Tennessee farmer facing the loss of his home, won the Wyatt Award for the most outstanding Southern-themed film.
I was one of the 44 critics who participated in this year's voting, and I'm happy to report that so many of my favorites -- including The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, and many of the below mentioned films -- landed in the Top 10 or otherwise gained attention.
1. Up in the Air
2. The Hurt Locker
4. Inglourious Basterds
5. A Serious Man
6. (500) Days of Summer
7. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
8. The Messenger
9. Fantastic Mr. Fox
10. District 9
George Clooney – Up in the Air
* Runner-up: Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
* Runner-up: Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by
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
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
* Runner-up: Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Scott Neustadter & 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 & Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Summer Hours (France)
* Runner-up: The White Ribbon (Germany)
* Runner-up: The Cove
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
* Runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox
That Evening Sun
* Runner-up: Goodbye Solo
The Southeastern Film Critics Association is comprised of journalists
from nine states in the Southeast.