‘Knives Out’ and ‘Parasite’ Top Chicago Indie Critics Winners

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The Chicago Indie Critics (CIC) handed out their 2019 winners for film Saturday evening. Taking the prize for Best Independent Film, recognized by the group as a film with a budget under $20 million, went to Cannes award winner, “Parasite,” from Bong Joon-Ho. The award for Best Studio Film, a lauded film with a budget over $20 million, went to Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out.”

The award for Best Director concluded in a tie, with Greta Gerwig and Bong Joon-Ho sharing the honor. “Little Women” and “1917” followed close behind on the awards board, with three total awards each.

The CIC also celebrated the night in honoring female filmmakers. As an exemplary filmmaker who pushes the boundaries, Gerwig was also awarded the Trailblazer Award, while Lulu Wang was awarded the Impact Award as a result of her impacting work on “The Farewell.”

“The Farewell”

See the full list of winners below.

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM
(budgets under $20 million)
Parasite
Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae, Moon Yang-kwon, and Jang Young-hwan (producers)

BEST STUDIO FILM
(budgets over $20 million)
Knives Out
Ram Bergman and Rian Johnson (producers)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Parasite
Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae, Moon Yang-kwon, and Jang Young-hwan (producers)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Apollo 11
Evan Krauss, Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Petersen (producers)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
I Lost My Body
Marc du Pontavice (producer)

BEST DIRECTOR
(TIE) Greta Gerwig, Little Women
(TIE) Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Knives Out– Rian Johnson

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Little Women– Greta Gerwig

BEST ACTOR
Adam Driver, Marriage Story

BEST ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o, Us

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kang-ho Song, Parasite

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Knives Out- Mary Vernieu (casting director)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1917– Roger Deakins

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Knives Out– David Crank

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Dolemite is My Name– Ruth E. Carter

BEST MAKEUP
Bombshell– Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, and Anne Morgan

BEST EDITING
1917– Lee Smith

BEST MUSICAL SCORE
Us– Michael Abels

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“I Punched Keanu Reeves” from Always Be My Maybe
(written and performed by Randall Park)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
1917– Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, and Dominic Tuohy

SPECIAL AWARDS

TRAILBLAZER AWARD
Honors the work of an artist who pushes the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content
Greta Gerwig

IMPACT AWARD
Given to a person whose work has had a positive impact on society
Lulu Wang

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