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Post National Board of Review Winners
Best Film:
Up In The Air

Top Eleven Films (In alphabetical order):
An Education
(500) Days Of Summer
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Star Trek
Up In The Air
Where The Wild Things Are

Best Director:
Clint Eastwood, Invictus

Best Actor:
Morgan Freeman, Invictus and George Clooney, Up In The Air (tie)

Best Actress:
Carey Mulligan, An Education

Best Supporting Actor:
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Best Supporting Actress:
Anna Kendrick, Up In The Air

Best Foreign Film:
A Prophet

Best Documentary:
The Cove

Best Animated Feature:

Best Ensemble Cast:
It’s Complicated

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor:
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress:
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut:
Duncan Jones, Moon; Oren Moverman, The Messenger; and Marc Webb, 500 Days of Summer (tie)

Best Original Screenplay:
Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award:
Wes Anderson, The Fantastic Mr. Fox

William K. Everson Film History Award:
Jean Picker Firstenberg

NBR Freedom of Expression:
Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country,
The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellseberg And The Pentagon Papers

Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order):
District 9
Goodbye Solo
In The Loop
Me And Orson Welles
Two Lovers

Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
The Maid
A Prophet
Song Of Sparrows
Three Monkeys
The White Ribbon

Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order):
Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country
The Cove
Food, Inc.
Good Hair
The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers

So why do we care? The National Board of Review has been known to select some Oscar winners and nominees in the past. They've picked some clunkers, to be sure (THE BUCKET LIST is most glaring), but they're an organization to take somewhat seriously. Woody Harrelson should probably be considered a serious contender for Supporting Actor now. ALSO, Precious isn't there! That's very surprising. Other comments: Hooray for the indie film mentions, CAREY FUCKIN' MULLIGAN, and Up in the Air is a serious frontrunner for Best Picture barring the juggernauts.

Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:47 pm
Post Re: National Board of Review Winners
I'm so excited to see Up in the Air tomorrow!

The most interesting thing about the winners to me was the top 10 list.
Do you think this at all predicts which mainstream movies could make it into the best picture nominees (which is one of the more interesting questions this year in my opinion)?
-Star Trek, Up?
-500 Days of Summer seemed to be losing momentum--does this strike it back up again?
-Inglourious hasn't received too much serious best picture buzz, but it should.
-Nice to see Where the Wild Things Are here, but I thought Fantastic Mr. Fox was the better kids-movie-from-a-respected-director this year.
-Also glad to see Hurt Locker listed--hopefully the Oscars will develop longer memories as a result of their expanded nominee roster as well.

Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:31 am

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Post Re: National Board of Review Winners
I remember Ebert writing a column a few years back where he said he didn't know anyone who was part of the 'National Board of Review"

Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:45 pm
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