National Board of Review Names Her the Best Film of 2013

Best Film:  HER Best Director: Spike Jonze, HER Best Actor: Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA Best Actress: Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, NEBRASKA Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Etha...
Posted On 04 Dec 2013

New York Film Critics pay a Price for Being First

The New York Film Critics pushed back their dates (now voting December 3) so that they could announce before the National Board of Review (December 4). They did it to be out front of awards season and to be the first “important” voice of the season. Or perhaps they...
Posted On 16 Nov 2013

Putting the New York and NBR in Contrast Before Los Angeles Critics Announce

Probably the biggest mistakes I saw being made yesterday, whether on a blog or on Twitter, were observers who read too much into the National Board of Review’s choices and omissions. The National Board of Review are a great group to push through either obscure and/or...
Posted On 06 Dec 2012

Zero Dark Thirty tops the National Board of Review Awards

The National Board of Review winners Best Film:  ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED Best...
Posted On 05 Dec 2012

National Board of Review Preview and Predictions

The National Board of Review announces Wednesday.  While most people go on and on about how they don’t matter, the truth is that yes, they DO matter.  Any major awards precursor matters because they give a contender publicity and legitimacy, no matter who they are.   The...
Posted On 03 Dec 2012

The National Board of Review (NBR) will Announce after New York Film Crix (NYFCC)

Indiewire reports that the NBR will take place December 5, 2012, two days after the New York Film Critics and three days after their announcing date last year. What is the significance of this? There isn’t one except that the NYFCC will be the ones with their asses hanging...
Posted On 18 Oct 2012

Hugo Named Best Film by NBR

HUGO NAMED 2011 BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW *** 2011 Gala to be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 hosted by Natalie Morales New York, NY – (December 1, 2011) – The National Board of Review has named HUGO the 2011 Best Film of the Year.  Directed by...
Posted On 01 Dec 2011

National Board of Review Preview (and No Guts, No Glory)

Tomorrow, the National Board of Review announces its top ten.  Although the New York Film Critics stole their thunder, and many of my colleagues write them off as being irrelevant, it’s hard not to notice their track record.  They’ve been awarding films headed for...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

National Board of Review Contest Winners

The high scorers, getting 14 right: Anessa Barbosa USA Jeremy Brown USA Andrew Rosenthal United States of America Olivier D’Amour Canada Billy (wegoldberg) USA More winners after the cut.
Posted On 03 Dec 2010

The Context: National Board of Review

Yesterday’s announcement, that The Social Network won an unprecedented number of National Board of Review awards – Pic, Actor, Director and Screenplay is unusual indeed. You have to go all the way back to Sense and Sensibility, Howards End, The Silence of the Lambs...
Posted On 03 Dec 2010