NBR Award winners

Awards season has kicked off, as it always does, with the National Board of Review's handing out of accolades, and top prize went to LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA. Looks like Warner Bros. may have made the right decision in moving LETTERS up from February to a December 20th release after it appeared FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS wasn't about to get as much as love as most originally assumed. Also, it's nice to see that THANK YOU FOR SMOKING got some props (Best Directorial debut for Jason Reitman). Check out the full list of winners below...

Best Film
Letters From Iwo Jima

Top Ten Films
Letters From Iwo Jima, (and, in alphabetical order) Babel, Blood Diamond, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, Flags Of Our Fathers, The History Boys, Little Miss Sunshine, Notes On A Scandal, The Painted Veil

Best Foreign Film

Breakthrough Performance - Male
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson

Breakthrough Performance - Female
(2) Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls and Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best Directorial Debut
Jason Reitman, Thank You For Smoking

Best Adapted Screenplay
Ron Nyswaner, The Painted Veil

Best Original Screenplay
Zach Helm, Stranger Than Fiction

Best Documentary
An Inconvenient Truth

Best Animated Feature

Career Achievement Award
Eli Wallach

Billy Wilder Award For Excellence In Directing
Jonathan Demme

William K. Everson Award For Film History
Donald Krim

Career Achievement in Producing
Irwin Winkler

The Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression
Water and World Trade Center

Extra Tidbit: You can check out the winners for each year dating back to 1929 at The National Board of Review's website



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