05 December 2008

Announcement: The National Board of Review Awards


The National Board of Review, which has a history of awarding those films that should have really won the "more prestigious" awards (e. g., the Oscars), released its list of award-winners this year yesterday, touting Slumdog Millionaire, John Brolin, and Anne Hathaway among others. While for my part their awards have been my chance to huzzah the actors, directors, and films to whom and to which I am partial, as they (i. e., the Board) tend to complement my own devoted merits; this year they and I have some key incongruities - ahem, Wall•E (see here) and Gran Torino, which - though I have to see it - seems to be no more than more Clint-Eastwood blather, the likes of which have been the strident Million Dollar Baby (2007), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), and The Bridges of Madison County (1995). Still miracles remain to be seen.

I should be able to report on the merits and demerits devoted to Milk, Frost/Nixon, and Slumdog Millionaire after this weekend.

The full list of award-winners, via the National Board of Review's individual website, are here:

Awards for 2008:

Best 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

Best 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

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, IN 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

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

Breakthrough 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

Best 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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