Thursday, December 4, 2008

National Board of Review Predictions

Today is the day that the Oscar season will officially (not to discount the Spirits...) begin. With the National Board of Review winners comes that undeniable sense of continual buzz that cannot be ignored. In the coming weeks, more and more critics' awards will be handed out and with each one more and more anticipation for the official nominations and then the winners. I won't say anything else so here are my predictions for this year's National Board of Review (excluding independent, foreign, and documentary...I regret to say that I would not even know where to begin with those except hopefully In Bruges will be one of them). Here we go.

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: Gus Van Sant, Milk
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Best Actress: Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading
Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Original Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Foreign Language Film: The Class
Best Animated Film: WALL-E
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Ensemble: Milk
Best Breakthrough Actor (Male): James Franco, Milk
Best Breakthrough Actor (Female): Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

Top Ten (in alphabetical order):
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Revolutionary Road
Tropic Thunder
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Visitor

I threw in a couple of oddball picks just to keep it interesting. Last year the winner of the NBR wasn't included in the Top Ten, so I followed that similar trend. What are your predictions for the awards tonight?

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