//National Board of Review Winners Announced

National Board of Review Winners Announced


The National Board of Review Winners came pouring in as the first major precursor of the year. Up in the Air takes home the big prize, Precious got snubbed even from the top 10, Warner Bros. films dominated, and none of it means anything regarding this year’s awards race.

National Board of Review Award Winners 2009

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

Best Ensemble Cast
It’s Complicated

Best Original Screenplay
A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay
Up in the Air

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress
Gabourey 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 (three-way tie)

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

William K. Everson Film History Award
Jean Picker Firstenberg

NBR Freedom of Expression
Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country, Invictus, The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellseberg And The Pentagon Papers

Top 11 Films of the Year
(500) Days of Summer
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Star Trek
Up in the Air
Where the Wild Things Are

Top Ten Indpendent Films
District 9
Goodbye Solo
In The Loop
Me And Orson Welles
Two Lovers

Top 6 Foreign Films
The Maid
A Prophet
Song Of Sparrows
Three Monkeys
The White Ribbon

Top 6 Documentary Films
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

Also, the big precursor chart has now been updated, although it is pretty bare at this point.

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