Thursday, December 1, 2011

NBR Awards/

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 Part Two


The National Board of Review announced their 2011 awards late this afternoon and here they are directly from the NBR website:

Awards for 2011:
Best Actor
George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Best Animated Feature

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Documentary
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Ensemble
The Help

Best Film

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation

Best Original Screenplay
Will Reiser, 50/50

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Breakthrough Performance
Felicity Jones, Like Crazy

Breakthrough Performance
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Debut Director
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

NBR Freedom of Expression
Crime After Crime

NBR Freedom of Expression

Special Achievement in Filmmaking
The Harry Potter Franchise - A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film

Spotlight Award
Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)

Top 10 Independent Films
(in alphabetical order) 50/50, Another Earth, Beginners, A Better Life, Cedar Rapids, Margin Call, Shame, Take Shelter, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Win Win

Top 5 Documentaries
(in alphabetical order) Born to be Wild, Buck, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Project Nim, Senna

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(in alphabetical order) 13 Assassins, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Footnote, Le Havre, Point Blank

Top Films
(in alphabetical order) The Artist, The Descendants, Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March, J. Edgar, The Tree of Life, War Horse

Telluride Films in the NBR mix: 

The Descendants for Best Actor (George Clooney), Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley)  and Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash)
We Need to Talk About Kevin for Best Actress(Tilda Swinton)
Spotlight Award for Michael Fassbender for (among others ) Shame and A Dangerous Method
Top 10 Films: The Descendants, The Artist
Top 10 Independent films: Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Foreign Film: A Separation
Top 5 Foreign Films: Le Havre, Footnote
Top 5 Documentaries: George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Oscar Boosts to:

HUGO...a big boost with its double win as Best Film and for Scorsese as Best Director.  If you've been a reader of this space, you know that I've been making some noise about it's growing prospects over the past week or so.

THE DESCENDANTS...After getting a rough treatment from the threesome of the NYFCC, Gothams and Indy Spirit Awards the other day, this three win day is a good boost.

FASSBENDER...Stays in the Best Actor conversation with this acknowledgement today.

TREE OF LIFE probably got a little push toward a Best Pic nom with its inclusion in the Top Ten.  (again, along with Hugo trending, I think Tree has a really good shot here and for director as well.  But you know that if you've been reading this blog recently).


Surpirses included the omissions of "The Help" (thought it was recognized as the Best Ensemble?) and Midnight in Paris.  I was also surprised by the inclusion of Harry Potter, Ides of March and J. Edgar.  Personally I would have included Beginners and Shame on the Ten Best list irrespective of their "independent" status.
Back on Monday with the next regular installment of MTFB/FAC.

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