Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Hails 'Booksmart' As Best Film Of 2019 So Far

We're still several months away from the next awards season ramping up, but this past weekend, members of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society voted to determine the winners of several mid-year movie-related categories, including the best film of 2019 thus far. That prize ultimately went to Olivia Wilde's debut feature film Booksmart (a great pick!), and you can read on to find out who won Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Most Anticipated Film for the Second Half of 2019, and more. 

/Film's editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is a member of this critics group, which was founded in late 2016 to promote inclusion in film criticism and celebrate films year-round. They're one of the only organizations to hand out awards at the mid-way point of the year, which is a cool idea because these awards conversations are so often dominated by movies that premiere much later in the year.

In addition to its Best Picture prize, Booksmart took home several additional awards, including Best Indie Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress for Billie Lourd, who delivered a breakout performance as the mercurial Gigi. Other notable midseason award winners include Taron Egerton, who beat out Robert Downey Jr.'s emotional turn in Avengers: Endgame with his stellar performance as Elton John in Rocketman, and Lupita Nyong'o and Jordan Peele winning for Best Actress and Best Male Director, respectively, for their work on the enigmatic Us.

Here's the full list of winners and runners up:

Best Picture

Winner: Booksmart
Runner-Up: Rocketman

Best Actor

Winner: Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Runner-Up: Robert Downey Jr, Avengers: Endgame

Best Actress

Winner: Lupita Nyong'o, Us
Runner-Up: Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Jamie Bell, Rocketman
Runner-Up: Ben Mendelsohn, Captain Marvel

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Billie Lourd, Booksmart
Runner-Up: Naomi Scott, Aladdin

Best Male Director

Winner: Jordan Peele, Us
Runner-Up: Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman

Best Female Director

Winner: Olivia Wilde, Booksmart
Runner-Up: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, The Mustang

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Booksmart, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, & Katie Silberman
Runner-Up: Us, Jordan Peele

Best Adapted Screenplay

WinnerToy Story 4, Andrew Stanton & Stephany Folsom
Runner-Up: Avengers: Endgame, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

Best Indie Film

Winner: Booksmart
Runner-Up: The Souvenir

Best Streaming Movie or TV Series

Winner: When They See Us, Netflix
Runner-Up: Always Be My Maybe, Netflix

Most Anticipated Film for the Second Half of 2019

Winner: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Runner-Up: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker