Thursday, December 3, 2009

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National Board of Review

And now the National Board of Review chimes in with its Top Ten...well, Top Eleven really. The NBR gives a Best Picture prize in addition to their Ten of the Year, which is bizarre, but I guess they can do what they want, right?

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jason Reitman/Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Great novel. I hope their adaptation does it justice. It helps that I have a lot of faith in Reitman, who is two-for-two as far as I'm concerned.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Ethan Coen/Joel Coen, A Serious Man
Yes! Keep those awards rolling in! A Serious Man is surely the best Coen Brothers movie since The Big Lebowski, maybe ever.

SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Duncan Jones, Moon
Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Marc Webb, (500) Days of Summer
Jeez, do I really need to see The Messenger? The world seems to demand it. Congrats, of course, to Jones and Webb. I've met Webb, a well-spoken and down-to-earth kind of guy, so more power to him!

BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Amen to that.

BREAKTHROUGH ACTRESS
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
As expected. She's going to sweep these, I bet. It's like when Directorial Debut awards in 2007 were exclusively Ben Affleck/Sarah Polley; this category is going to be Sidibe/Carey Mulligan.

BEST ENSEMBLE
It's Complicated
Well. Way to get me even more excited, NBR.

BEST DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Cool, cool. I mean, perfectly harmless. The movie's not out yet, so I really can't judge.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Curious: they misspelled Zombieland. Is this movie going to come to Tally? Or will I have to catch it in SoFla over Christmas?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
And yet, all I can do is think of her in New Moon. I know what sins against cinema I'm committing in admitting that.

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
As far as actors go, this is probably the safest tie ever. Still: I need to see the films.

BEST ACTRESS
Carey Mulligan, An Education
I don't know if she's my pick (not yet), but I will whole-heartedly support any award thrown at her.

BEST FILM
Up in the Air

In limited release tomorrow. Limited does not mean my city, though. Poop.

TOP TEN
(500) Days of Summer
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Invictus
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Star Trek
Up
Where the Wild Things Are
OK, so I haven't seen Invictus or The Messenger. But otherwise....pretty cool Top Ten. Star Trek was on mine until Fantastic Mr. Fox came into my life. Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man and (500) Days of Summer are on mine (so far). Where the Wild Things Are and An Education came pretty close in mine. The Hurt Locker is a solid film. The odd man out here is Up, which I like OK. I mean, you know, it's decent, kinda, I guess. This is big for The Messenger though, which looks like it may be the little indie that could for this year. Precious, meanwhile, is M.I.A. How curious.


2 comments:

Danny King said...

Ha, I didn't realize that 11 films thing until you mentioned it. That's weird.

Amanda said...

Stop hating on Up. It's a great film. Yea, I said it. GREAT FILM.