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National Board winners

12.04.2009
As the winter fast approaches, so too does awards season. The most wonderful time of the year... to argue!

So here comes the National Board of Review with their selections for tops of '09. Their pick for Best Picture? UP IN THE AIR, which also won Best Actor for George Clooney (tied with Morgan Freeman for INVICTUS), Best Supporting Actress for Anna Kendrick, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.

Is UP IN THE AIR good? Yes. Is it the best of 2009? In this lowly news reporter's opinion, HELL NAW. But alas...

Film:
UP IN THE AIR

Director:
Clint Eastwood, INVICTUS

Actor:
George Clooney, UP IN THE AIR
Morgan Freeman, INVICTUS

Actress:
Carey Mulligan, AN EDUCATION

Supporting Actor:
Woody Harrelson, THE MESSENGER

Supporting Actress:
Anna Kendrick, UP IN THE AIR

Foreign Language Film:
A PROPHET

Documentary:
THE COVE

Animated Feature:
UP

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
Marc Webb, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

Original Screenplay:
Joel and Ethan Coen, A SERIOUS MAN

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:
BURMAN VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY
INVICTUS
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSEBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS


Ten Best Films (in alphabetical order):
AN EDUCATION
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
INVICTUS
THE MESSENGER
A SERIOUS MAN
STAR TREK
UP
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE


Five Best Foreign-Language Films (in alphabetical order):
THE MAID
REVANCHE
SONG OF SPARROWS
THREE MONKEYS
THE WHITE RIBBON


Five Best Documentaries (in alphabetical order):
BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY
CRUDE
FOOD, INC.
GOOD HAIR
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS


Top Ten Independent Films (in alphabetical order):
AMREEKA
DISTRICT 9
GOODBYE SOLO
HUMPDAY
IN THE LOOP
JULIA
ME AND ORSON WELLES
MOON
SUGAR
TWO LOVERS
Extra Tidbit: What's your pick for Best Film of the 2009? Me, I'd still have to go with INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.
Source: Variety

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