Wednesday, December 5, 2007

National Board of Review Winners

Best Picture: No Country For Old Men
Everyone predicted this but me. That's what you get for taking a chance.

Top 10 (in alphabetical order): The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Atonement; The Bourne Ultimatum (!!!); The Bucket List (wtf?); Into the Wild; Juno; The Kite Runner; Lars and the Real Girl; Michael Clayton; Sweeney Todd
Well, I got 5, isn't that something? Surprised by the love for Bourne, Assassination of..., Lars, but the most confusing of all is The Bucket List. Never would have guessed that in a million years.

Best Foreign Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Gotten fabulous reviews, should have went for it.

Top 5 Foreign (in alphabetical order): 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days; The Band's Visit; The Counterfeiters; La Vie en Rose; Lust, Caution
For some reason this year, the NBR decided to do a Top 10 for Best Picture and Top 5 for Best Foreign Film in addition to the winners. Strange. Can't believe I forgot about 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2's gotten some of the best reviews of the year so far.

Best Actor: George Clooney, Michael Clayton
A good performance and all but he wasn't that great.

Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away From Her
I love Christie and haven't seen this film yet, but damn it this award belonged to Marion Cotillard. I thought for sure she had this one wrapped up. I guess we'll have to wait and see for the next big critics groups (New York, Los Angeles and the National Society)

Best Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Yay, I got one right! Haven't seen this yet (I think it's coming to my town in January...I'm so freaking excited) but, judging by people's reactions, it sounds like a good choice.

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
I knew I should have went with Amy Ryan. I was going back and forth between her and Leigh. C'est la vie.

Best Director: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd
Can't believe I completely forgot about Sweeney Todd. Now it looks like it's going to pose a bigger threat at the Oscar than we think. Then again, it could just be another random NBR pick that will have absolutely no correlation with the Oscars.

Best Screenplay (Original): Diablo Cody, Juno and Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl (TIE)

Best Screenplay (Adapted): Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Best Ensemble Acting: No Country For Old Men

Breakthrough Performance- Male: Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild
I got 2!

Breakthrough Performance- Female: Ellen Page, Juno
I got 3!

Best Directorial Debut: Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone
Don't know how I forgot about Affleck.

Best Documentary: Body of War
Jesus, Sicko didn't even place in the top 5.

Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille
I got 4!