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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Awards Watch: National Board of Review 2008

One way or another, the 2008 movie award season has begun, and Slumdog Millionaire has won the first prize. The National Board of Review has unveiled their annual awards, and Danny Boyle's inspirational sleeper won three, including Best Film.

Acting honors went to Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Josh Brolin (Milk) and Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), with "breakthrough" awards going to Slumdog's Dev Patel and Viola Davis of Doubt, which also received the ensemble acting prize. Best Director went to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button's David Fincher, while Mongol, Man on Wire and WALL-E were named the best in foreign language, documentary and animated films, respectively.

See the comments section below for a quick look at all the winners, including the NBR's top tens of the year. The awards will be handed out January 14 in a New York gala hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.

1 comment:

  1. Best Film:
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Top Ten Films:
    (In alphabetical order)
    Burn After Reading
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    The Dark Knight
    Gran Torino
    The Wrestler

    Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

    Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married

    Supporting Actor:
    Josh Brolin in Milk

    Supporting Actress:
    Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Breakthrough Performance - Actor:
    Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire

    Breakthrough Performance - Actress:
    Viola Davis in Doubt

    Ensemble Acting:

    David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Debut Director:
    Courtney Hunt for Frozen River

    Adapted Screenplay:
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Slumdog Millionaire

    Original Screenplay:
    Gran Torino

    Best Foreign Language Film:

    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: A Letter to a Son About His Father
    Encounters at the End of the World
    Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

    Animated Feature:

    Spotlight Award:
    Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
    Melissa Leo in Frozen River

    Top Independent Films:
    (In alphabetical order)
    Frozen River
    In Bruges
    In Search of a Midnight Kiss
    Mister Foe
    Rachel Getting Married
    Snow Angels
    Son of Rambow
    Wendy and Lucy
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    The Visitor

    The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression:


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