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Thursday, December 04, 2008

2008 National Board of Review Award Winners


A few minutes ago the NBR announced the award winners for this year and here is the full list.

Best Film: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Best Director: DAVID FINCHER, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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 Foreign Language Film: MONGOL
Best Documentary: MAN ON WIRE
Best Animated Feature: WALL-E
Best Ensemble Cast: DOUBT
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: DEV PATEL, Slumdog Millionaire
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: VIOLA DAVIS, Doubt
Best Directorial Debut: COURTNEY HUNT, Frozen River
Best Original Screenplay: : NICK SCHENK, Gran Torino
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

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2008 (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

TOP FIVE FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS OF 2008 (in alphabetical order)
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
ROMAN DE GARE
A SECRET
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

TOP FIVE DOCUMENTARIES OF 2008 (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 OF 2008 (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

William K. Everson Film History Award: MOLLY HASKELL and ANDREW SARRIS
The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression : TRUMBO

This year the NBR screened over 330 films – 209 narratives, 63 documentaries, 53 foreign language films and 10 animated films. The 2008 NBR Awards, in partnership with BVLGARI, will be presented at the annual gala on January 14th, 2009 at Cipriani’s 42nd St. in New York City.

To read the press release go here or check the winners in the official site here.

I was checking the awards given last year and some were right on target with the Oscars, so perhaps we are seeing here some future Oscar winners. To read last year post go here.

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