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National Board of Review Names Her the Best Film of 2013

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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 Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Best Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION Best Foreign Language Film:  THE PAST Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL William K. Everson…

New York Film Critics pay a Price for Being First

New York Film Critics pay a Price for Being First

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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 did it to dampen the impact of the National Board of Review. Both have been around a very long time but…

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

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

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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 borderline contenders. Because they’ve been around so long they have an air of importance about them but no one really knows who they are…

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Zero Dark Thirty tops the National Board of Review Awards

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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 Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis,  BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE…

National Board of Review Preview and Predictions

National Board of Review Preview and Predictions

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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 National Board of Review really pushed Hugo into the race last year and set The Social Network up for its sweep of the…

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

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

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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 out first. That’s a good thing for them, as Glenn Whipp reported earlier, “An NYFCC press release notes that the group’s…

Hugo Named Best Film by NBR

Hugo Named Best Film by NBR

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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 Martin Scorsese, the film was released on November 23rd by Paramount Pictures. Below is a full…

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

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

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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 Best Picture for many a decade.  It’s extremely rare to win the NBR and not at least be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The…

National Board of Review Contest Winners

National Board of Review Contest Winners

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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.

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The Context: National Board of Review

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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 and Mississippi Burning to find to a similar sweep, but no screenplay awards were given out (although in 95 there was a “screenwriting distinction” award which…