Thursday, December 4, 2008

National Board of Review's Top Ten [Oscar Watch]

And it begins!


NBR's Top 10 Movies of the Year

Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Gran Torino
The Wrestler

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: Penélope 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
The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: Trumbo

Top Five Foreign Language Films:
Edge of Heaven
Let the Right One In
Roman de Guerre
A Secret
Waltz with Bashir

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


Yay Let The Right One In!
Yay Man on Wire!
Gran Torino, really? David, you said this movie was horrible, what's happening?
No Doubt & Revolutionary Road on the Top 10 list, interesting...
Josh Brolin?! for Milk?! forgot about Heath Ledger, NBR. Grumble.

Okay, so, a pretty strange spread. Between this, the Spirit Awards and the Gotham Awards, Frozen River & Vicky Cristina Barcelona are now on my list of gotta-sees. But it's gonna take a lot more for Gran Torino to receive that honor. And yay! No Seven Pounds anywhere yet! Does that mean I don't have to see it? P.S. I'm not a Will Smith fan

Interested to see how the rest of the awards season pans out. Methinks this is gonna be an unusual year.


EruditeChick said...

Burn After Reading? Really? Why? I mean, I liked it. I enjoyed watching it, I love that essentially, the world of the film is... completely unchanged over the course of the action.

But like, really? It didn't say anything. Again, I liked it a lot. It was funny as hell. "Get him on the next plane to Venezuela!"

But like..... really?