Nat’l Board of Review Awards Announced

Well, I guess it’s that time of year again. Awards time. With Spirit awards, BAFTAS, various critics associations, The Golden Globes and finally the Oscars, we’ll just have list after list of what pictures are the “best.” Last night, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures announced its winners on the year.

I’ll keep my commentary down to a minimum, but it’s fabulous to see what has become the RowThree favorite, Rachel Getting Married getting a lot of love; not least of which is Hathaway taking home best actress honors. And of course Penny getting the nod in her supporting role. I’m sure contributor John Allison, will be happy with the best picture call going to Slumdog Millionaire as well. I can’t say I agree with the choice of Mongol for best picture, but all in all this is a nice set of films and deserved winners. What say you?

Slumdog MillionaireBest Film
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

Top Ten Films (In alphabetical order):
BURN AFTER READING
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
DEFIANCE
FROST/NIXON
GRAN TORINO
MILK
WALL-E
THE WRESTLER

Let the Right One InBest Foreign Language Film
MONGOL

Top Five Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
ROMAN DE GARE
A SECRET
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

Best Documentary
MAN ON WIRE
Man on Wire
Top Five Documentaries (In alphabetical order):
AMERICAN TEEN
THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)
DEAR ZACHARY
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED

Top Independent Films (In alphabetical order)
FROZEN RIVER
Vicky Cristina BarcelonaIN BRUGES
IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS
MR. FOE
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
SNOW ANGELS
SON OF RAMBOW
WENDY AND LUCY
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
THE VISITOR

Best Actor
CLINT EASTWOOD, Gran Torino

Anne Hathaway wins for 'Rachel Getting Married'Best Actress
ANNE HATHAWAY, Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Actor
JOSH BROLIN, Milk

Best Supporting Actress
PENELOPE CRUZ, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Ensemble Cast
DOUBT

Viola DavisBreakthrough Performance by an Actor
DEV PATEL, Slumdog Millionaire

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress
VIOLA DAVIS, Doubt

Best Director
DAVID FINCHER, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Directorial Debut
COURTNEY HUNT, Frozen River

Best Adapted Screenplay
SIMON BEAUFOY, Slumdog Millionaire and ERIC ROTH, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Spotlight Award
MELISSA LEO, Frozen River and RICHARD JENKINS, The Visitor

Wall-eBest Original Screenplay
NICK SCHENK, Gran Torino

Best Animated Feature
WALL-E

William K. Everson Award For Film History
MOLLY HASKELL and ANDREW SARRIS

The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression
TRUMBO

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rot
Guest

I take issue with some of these selections, most notably: Slumdog Millionaire, Burn After Reading (!?), and American Teen (?!$%#*!).

Marina Antunes
Admin

I have some serious problems with that list and the complete ommission of Hunger and Ballast = EPIC FAIL.

That said, GREAT to see so much love for Frozen River.

rot
Guest

Has Hunger came out yet? I am assuming the documentary Trouble the Water is not included because it has only shown at festivals during 2008, because if it was in contention, that is an insane omission.

also no Silent Light?!!%$&*$#!!!

Marina Antunes
Admin

Oh, good call on Hunger and the release, you may be right on that. But still: NO BALLAST = FAIL

Matt Gamble
Guest

Trouble the Water had a theatrical run here in Minneapolis this year.

rot
Guest

American Teen over Trouble the Water… holy shit.

Ashley
Guest

Clint Eastwood for Gran Torino, seriously? The trailer for that movie makes me laugh for all the wrong reasons. Not sold on Josh Brolin in Milk either, he delivered the dullest performance in that film.

But I'm more than happy that Rachel's getting a lot of love and I really wish I hadn't skipped Frozen River when it played here for a week last summer. I had no idea it was going to be this acclaimed come year end.

Still gotta see Slumdog …

kurt
Guest

Hunger was playing last Friday in Toronto, I tried to get out to it (It was at the Bloor), but alas, I was Haliburton bound, poor timing.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

"Breakthrough Performance by an Actress

VIOLA DAVIS, Doubt"

This is pretty ludicrous becuase Davis has been around for some time doing very, very fine and noticeable work not the least of which was her turns in Soderbergh's "Solaris", and Todd Haynes "Far From Heaven" and Denzel Washington's "Antwone Fisher" all in 2002.

Shannon the Movie Mo
Guest

The dates I've seen for Che are Jan & Feb 2009. Haven't seen a regular release date for Hunger here yet.

The NBR website doesn't specific what qualifies in terms of release date or schedule, looks like it just has to be one that they've screened.

rot
Guest

I am catching up with everything in December and I finally watched Let the Right one In… way better than I expected, possibly top ten material.

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