best film of 2019

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:

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Best Picture


Winner: Booksmart


Runner-Up: Rocketman

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Best Actor


Winner: Taron Egerton, Rocketman


Runner-Up: Robert Downey Jr, Avengers: Endgame

Jordan Peele's Us Super Bowl Trailer

Best Actress


Winner: Lupita Nyong’o, Us


Runner-Up: Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart

Jamie Bell Rocketman

Best Supporting Actor


Winner: Jamie Bell, Rocketman


Runner-Up: Ben Mendelsohn, Captain Marvel

Billie Lourd

Best Supporting Actress


Winner: Billie Lourd, Booksmart


Runner-Up: Naomi Scott, Aladdin

Jordan Peele's Us Featurette

Best Male Director


Winner: Jordan Peele, Us


Runner-Up: Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman

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Best Female Director


Winner: Olivia Wilde, Booksmart


Runner-Up: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, The Mustang

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Best Original Screenplay


Winner: Booksmart, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, & Katie Silberman


Runner-Up: Us, Jordan Peele

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Best Adapted Screenplay


WinnerToy Story 4, Andrew Stanton & Stephany Folsom


Runner-Up: Avengers: Endgame, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

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Best Indie Film


Winner: Booksmart


Runner-Up: The Souvenir

When They See Us featurette

Best Streaming Movie or TV Series


Winner: When They See Us, Netflix


Runner-Up: Always Be My Maybe, Netflix

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Most Anticipated Film for the Second Half of 2019


Winner: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood


Runner-Up: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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