Thursday, December 4, 2008

National Board of Review Winners

Mere minutes after posting my predictions, here are the winners fresh off the press release:

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 Christina Barcelona
Best Foreign Language Film: Mongol
Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
Best Animated Feature: WALL-E
Best Ensemble Cast: Doubt
Breakthrough Actor: Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
Breakthrough 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
BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: Trumbo

Top 10 films:
Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Gran Torino
The Wrestler

Top 5 Foreign Language Films:
Edge of Heaven
Let The Right One In
Roman De Guerre
A Secret
Waltz With Bashir

Top 5 Documentary Films:
American Teen
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Dear Zachary
Encounters at the End of the World
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Big Winners: Clint Eastwood and Gran Torino will definitely get major buzz after winning for Best Actor and Original Screenplay. This will cause some interesting races in those categories, and Clint might yet again slip in for Best Director. David Fincher beats Gus Van Sant, the early favorite, so the Best Director race will be very interesting this year. Could Josh Brolin make the list instead of James Franco in the supporting category or will we see both? Penelope Cruz regains some much needed buzz to keep going in the race. The Dark Knight makes the top 10 so it will still gun for Best Picture.

Big Loser: Revolutionary Road goes unnoticed here, not even making the top 10, so it will be interesting to see how this affects its chances down the road.

Awards season is officially underway! What do you think?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's so hard to know what to think when so many films have not been released for the public to see. I thought Anne Hathaway's performance was the only genuine thing in that otherwise contrived film, but it's hard to believe the cast of 'Doubt' wins best ensemble but the movie doesn't make the top ten. I saw it on Broadway and I can't imagine a story that powerful could not be matched on film, especially with Streep and P S Hoffman. I still think 'Milk' is the one to beat, and I DO think both Brolin and Franco will be nominated. I think Sean Penn gives one of the legendary performances of all time. I was convinced the whole time I was watching Harvey Milk. The National Board is nearly as laughable every year as the Golden Globes. I'll wait to see what the NY Film Critics award.