2020 Awards: Indiana Film Journalist Association (IFJA) Winners


“Nomadland” lauded at 2020

Indiana Film Journalists Association awards

“Nomadland,” the tale of a woman who eschews convention to live out of her van while exploring her own spiritual road map, took top honors at the 2020 Indiana Film Journalists Association awards, winning four prizes including Best Picture, Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Chloé Zhao.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” won the runner-up prize for Best Picture as well Best Ensemble Acting. In addition, eight other movies were announced as Finalists, which along with the winners represent the IFJA’s picks for the top 10 films of the year.

Delroy Lindo won Best Actor for “Da 5 Bloods,” Maria Bakalova was named Best Supporting Actress for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and Leslie Odom Jr. won Best Supporting Actor for “One Night in Miami.” Jamie Foxx won for Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance for “Soul.”

Indiana University graduate Eliza Hittman took Best Original Screenplay for “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” “Another Round” was named Best Foreign Language Film, “Soul” won Best Animated Film and “Dick Johnson is Dead” won Best Documentary Film.

The Hoosier Award was given to the documentary “Athlete A,” which chronicles the sexual abuse of gymnasts, the attempt to cover it and the heroic journalism that brought it to light. The IFJA issued the following statement along with the award:

“We congratulate The Indianapolis Star investigative team, the filmmakers and especially the survivors for having the bravery and persistence to speak an uncomfortable truth and tell a story that needed to be told. ‘Athlete A’ represents the finest achievement in both journalism and documentary filmmaking.”

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

BEST FILM

Winner: “Nomadland”

Runner-Up:  “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Disney to Release 'Nomadland' Ahead of Best-Picture Deadline - Bloomberg

Other Finalists (listed alphabetically):

  • “Another Round”
  • “The Assistant”
  • “Da 5 Bloods”
  • “First Cow”
  • “i’m thinking of ending things”
  • “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
  • “Minari”
  • “The Twentieth Century”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Winner: “Soul”

Runner-Up: “Wolfwalkers”

Will 'Soul' Be The Next Animated Film To Cancel Its Theatrical Release?

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Winner: “Another Round”

Runner-Up: “Song Without a Name” 

Another Round review: An exhilarating, existentialist film about day  drinking - Vox

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winner: “Dick Johnson is Dead”

Runner-Up: “Athlete A”

Dick Johnson is Dead' Review: Kirsten Johnson's Rich Paternal Tribute -  Variety

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner: Eliza Hittman, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”

Runner-Up: Matthew Rankin, “The Twentieth Century”

Never Rarely Sometimes Always Review | Movie - Empire

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Runner-Up: Charlie Kaufman, “i’m thinking of ending things”

Nomadland Review: Chloé Zhao's Poetic Portrait of Modern America | Observer

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Runner-up:  Regina King, “One Night in Miami”

Searchlight Pictures Sets Premiere Events With Major Fall Film Festivals  For Chloé Zhao's “Nomadland” Followed By Fall 2020 Theatrical Release |  SHOOTonline

BEST ACTRESS

Winner: Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

Runner-up: Jessie Buckley, “i’m thinking of ending things”

Nomadland Review: Frances McDormand and Chloé Zhao Are a Magical Combo |  IndieWire

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Runner-Up: Youn Yuh-jung, “Minari”

Baron Cohen gives church $100K after member duped into appearing in new ' Borat' | The Times of Israel

BEST ACTOR

Winner:  Delroy Lindo, “Da 5 Bloods”

Runner-Up: Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Delroy Lindo deserves an Oscar for his performance in 'Da 5 Bloods' -  Insider

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner: Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”

Runner-Up: Chadwick Boseman, “Da 5 Bloods”

Leslie Odom Jr (One Night in Miami): Oscars win on the way to EGOT? -  GoldDerby

BEST VOCAL / MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE

Winner: Jamie Foxx, “Soul”

Runner-Up: Sean Bean, “Wolfwalkers”

Jamie Foxx on how 'Soul' breaks barriers

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING

Winner: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Runner-Up: “One Night in Miami”

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom": Chadwick Boseman's finale performance is  stunning | Salon.com

BEST MUSICAL SCORE

Winner: Ludwig Göransson “Tenet”

Runner-Up: Emile Mosseri, “Minari”

Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' Hopes to Kick Off Moviegoing Again - Variety

BREAKOUT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”

Runner-Up: Andrew Patterson, “The Vast of Night”

Maria Bakalova: 'Borat 2' Star Touted for Oscars by Sacha Baron Cohen |  IndieWire

ORIGINAL VISION AWARD

Winner: “The Twentieth Century”

Runner-Up: “Dick Johnson is Dead”

The Twentieth Century' Review: The Great Weird North - The New York Times

HOOSIER AWARD

Winner: “Athlete A”

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

Athlete A documents gymnastics' darkest hour but should leave all sports  asking questions | Sam Carp - SportsPro Media

About the IFJA: The Indiana Film Journalists Association was established in 2009 to celebrate the cinematic arts and support Hoosier film criticism.

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