Thursday, December 3, 2009

2009 National Board of Review Winners

Talk of today's NBR winners has invariably centered around the almost complete snubbing of Lee Daniel and Precious. Personally, I think it was a great decision, but there were certainly other factors at play, as is often the case with the NBR. Anyway, my point being, that Precious is still very much on it's way towards major Oscar play, despite this initial hiccup, which itself will probably mean nothing once the other awards start rolling down the pike. What I think will be interesting to chart, however, is the film's potential drop in profile over the remaining month of December.

Outside of the requisite M'onique citations, I don't expect much love from any of the high profile critics groups, particularly LA or NY, the latter being much too highbrow to embrace a film like this in my estimation. Actually, I'd venture to guess that this goes for both Nine and The Lovely Bones as well, two other films the NBR apparently had no time for. So, with Up in the Air and (more than likely) The Hurt Locker looking to coral a lionshare of the major critics awards-- and the Globes likely to embrace slightly more prestigious fare-- it could be up to the guilds to buttress the profile of Daniels and his film. I fully expect this to happen, of course-- and in the end this could potentially help the film's chances-- but I just figured that if anyone, the NBR would be all over a film with such a heavy-handed sociological presentation.

Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself, and, as always, nothing is ever quite how it seems in the Oscar race (not to mention the fact that, ya know, the NBR holds very little sway in the grand scheme of things). But nothing else was really out of the ordinary here, though I couldn't help but silently cheer when I noticed that Where the Wild Things Are had inched its way onto their top 10. Bravo NBR.

Winners via AwardsDaily.

Best Film:
Up in the Air

Top Ten Films (In alphabetical order):
An Education
(500) Days Of Summer
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Star Trek
Where The Wild Things Are

Best Director:
Clint Eastwood, Invictus

Best Actor:
Morgan Freeman, Invictus and George Clooney, Up In The Air (tie)

Best Actress:
Carey Mulligan, An Education

Best Supporting Actor:
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Best Supporting Actress:
Anna Kendrick, Up In The Air

Best Foreign Film:
A Prophet

Best Documentary:
The Cove

Best Animated Feature:

Best Ensemble Cast:
It’s Complicated

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor:
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress:
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut:
Duncan Jones, Moon, Oren Moverman,
The Messenger and Marc Webb, 500 Days of Summer (tie)

Best Original Screenplay:
Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award:
Wes Anderson, The Fantastic Mr. Fox

William K. Everson Film History Award:
Jean Picker Firstenberg

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

Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order):
District 9
Goodbye Solo
In The Loop
Me And Orson Welles
Two Lovers

Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
The Maid
A Prophet
Song Of Sparrows
Three Monkeys
The White Ribbon

Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order):
Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country
The Cove
Food, Inc.
Good Hair
The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Paper

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