Thursday, December 3, 2009

National Board of Review Names "Up in the Air" Best of 09

With a thunderous bang, so it begins. The best time of year. Hollywood's massive awards circuit. As with every year, the National Board of Review sounds the gun.

Best Picture: Up in the Air

Best Director: Clint Eastwood for Invictus

Best Actor: Morgan Freeman for Invictus and George Clooney for Up in the Air (tie)

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan for An Education

Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson for The Messenger

Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air

Best Foreign Film: A Prophet

Best Documentary: The Cove

Best Animated Feature: Up

Best Ensemble Cast: It's Complicated

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

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Gabourney Sidibe for Precious

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

Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen for A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Wes Anderson for Fantastic Mr. Fox

Top Eleven Films (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

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

Top Six Foreign Films (alphabetical order):

The Maid
A Prophet
Song of Sparrows
Three Monkeys
The White Ribbon

Top Six Documentary Films (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

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