NBR goes for 'Slumdog'

Slumdog Millionaire
took Best Picture honors from the National Board of Review, with Clint Eastwood and Anne Hathaway winning the Best Actor and Best Actress prizes. Their other top-10 films were Burn After Reading, Changeling, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Defiance, Frost/Nixon, Gran Torino, Milk, Wall-E, and The Wrestler. Missing from their list: Doubt (which did receive an ensemble prize), Revolutionary Road, and The Reader. The big winner, besides Slumdog with three prizes, is obviously Eastwood, who directed two of the NBR top 10 (or should I say top 11?). Here’s a rundown of their award winners:

Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Foreign Language Film: Mongol
Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Best Animated Feature: Wall-E
Best Ensemble Cast: Doubt
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Viola Davis, Doubt
Best Directorial Debut: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Best Original Screenplay: Nick Schenk, Gran Torino
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire and Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Spotlight Award: Melissa Leo, Frozen River and Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: Trumbo

Top Ten Films:
Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Gran Torino
The Wrestler

Top Five Foreign Language Films:
Edge of Heaven
Let the Right One In
Roman de Gare
A Secret
Waltz with Bashir

Top Five Documentary Films:
American Teen
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Dear Zachary
Encounters at the End of the World
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Kudos to “Jasmine” and “Nick” for predicting eight out the NBR’s 11 films. Most of you did better than my measly five right. And here’s my OscarWatch interview with Best Actress winner Anne Hathaway:

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  • Seth

    WOOOOOOOOO! Huzzah for Slumdog Millionaire!

  • Brady

    Burn After Reading in the Top 10? Really? I didn’t think that it was that great, though I am pleased to see TDK and WALL-E in there as well.

  • George

    Great choice in “Slumdog” and kudos to “Edge of Heaven” and “Man on Wire”!
    was not the biggest fan of “Benjamin Button” and thought Brad Pitt was not the right person to play the title character.

  • td

    Very happy to see TDK and Wall-E on the list.

  • RustyT

    “Slumdog” is overwrought and gimmicky, not a best picture. The NBR often goes for sentimental pap like this and “Finding Neverland” a few years back (remember, they put “The Bucket List” in their top 10 last year). I wouldn’t put too much worth in their choices.

  • Sal

    I was surprised to see Burn After Reading on the Top 10 list. I was even more surprised to see that Clint edged out Penn in the Best Actor.

  • Laura

    Man, the NBR has a SERIOUS serious crush on Eastwood. How else to explain his critically panned performance and films getting awarded. And no Heath Ledger for supporting??? No Kate Winslet anywhere? Did the NBR even see Revolutionary Road and The Reader? And seriously, Burn After Reading??? That movie was terrible!
    That being said, I am glad that Slumdog, The Dark Knight, and Wall-E got honors at least. Hopefully, that will help their chances.

  • Trip

    Burn After Reading was awful. How in the world was it included!

  • Trip

    Burn After Reading was awful. How in the world was it included!

  • Hedda Hopper

    Brolin for Milk? Why not Ledger for The Dark Knight? Brolin should have won his awards for No country for Old Men.

  • Ruben

    Uhhh…If the NBR wants their awards to be taken seriously you would think the movie given the “Best Documentary” award would actually be listed as one of the Top 5 Documentary Films…
    Im going to say the NBR is a joke.

  • Eating Sarah Palin’s Sweet Muffin

    Pitt was miscast in Button. It really needed someone better for such a sublime story.


    I think “Slumdog Millionaire” is a fun different kind of movie but I don’t think it should even be nominated for an Academy Award as best movie.

  • E-Rock

    Not enough of these “voters” saw REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. A powerful film that easily makes the year’s 10 best. CHANGELING?! Are you kidding me? Stop blowing Clint Eastwood already, NBR.

  • namar

    Yayy for TDK, Wall-e and Slumdog…
    boo for Heath Not winning Supp. Actor

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