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‘Parasite’ and ‘Marriage Story’ Strike Big with Utah Film Critics Association


The Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA) have announced their winners in film. The critics group recognized Bong Joon-Ho’s “Parasite” with the Best Picture honor, also awarding it with a win in Best Original Screenplay. Formed in 2002, the Utah Film Critics Association meets every December to vote on the year’s best in cinema.

The lead acting wins were given to “Marriage Story” co-stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, with the Best Supporting wins going to Joe Pesci for “The Irishman” and Florence Pugh for “Little Women.”

The group’s distinct Vice/Martin Award, named after critics Jeff Vice (who died in 2014) and Jimmy Martin (who died in June), and given to the best performance in a science fiction, horror or fantasy film, went to Robert Downey Jr for his role in “Avengers: Endgame.”

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“Little Women”

Find the list of winners and runner-ups from the UFCA below.

Best Picture

  • Parasite
    Runner Up: Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Best Director

  • Sam Mendes – 1917
    Runner Up: Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Best Actor

  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story
    Runner Up: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Best Actress

  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
    Runner Up: Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Best Supporting Actor

  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman
    Runner Up: Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Best Supporting Actress

  • Florence Pugh – Little Women
    Runner Up: Rebecca Ferguson – Doctor Sleep

Best Original Screenplay

  • Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han – Parasite
    Runners Up: Rian Johnson – Knives Out

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Greta Gerwig – Little Women
    ​Runner Up: Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Best Cinematography

  • Roger Deakins – 1917
    Runner Up: Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse

Best Original Score

  • Matt Morton – Apollo 11
    Runner Up: Dan Levy – I Lost My Body

Best Film Editing

  • Todd Douglas Miller – Apollo 11
    Runner Up: Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker & Dirk Westervelt – Ford v. Ferrari

Best Documentary Feature

  • Apollo 11
    Runner Up: Hail Satan?

Non-English Language Feature

  • Parasite
    Runners Up: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Best Animated Feature

  • I Lost My Body
    Runners Up: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Toy Story 4

Vice/Martin Award – Given to the best performance in a science fiction, horror or fantasy film

  • Robert Downey Jr. -Avengers: Endgame
    Lupita Nyong’o – Us

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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