The first real indicator of potential awards success for a film comes with the National Board of Review who’ve just announced this year’s winners.
Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” scored best film and adapted screenplay, “A Prophet” scored best foreign film, “Up” won best animated feature and “The Cove” won best documentary.
Performance nods were handed out to Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) for best actress, and a tie between Morgan Freeman (“Invictus”) and George Clooney (“Up in the Air”) for best actor. Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”) and Woody Harrelson (“The Messenger”) took supporting nods, while Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) won breakthrough performance awards. Best Ensemble Cast went to “It’s Complicated”.
Clint Eastwood (“Invictus”) took home best director, while the Coen brothers won best original screenplay for “A Serious Man”. A special ‘Directorial Debut’ award went to Duncan Jones (“Moon”), Oren Moverman (“The Messenger”) and Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”).
Unlike other awards shows, the NBR announces a runner-up list for the various film categories. This year they were:
Top Feature Films: An Education, 500 Days of Summer, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Invictus, The Messenger, A Serious Man, Star Trek, Up, Where the Wild Things ARe
Top Foreign Films: The Maid, Revanche, Song of Sparrows, Three Monkeys, The White Ribbon
Top Independent Films: Amreeka, District 9, Goodbye Solo, Humpday, In the Loop, Julia, Me and Orson Welles, Moon, Sugar, Two Lovers
Top Documentaries: Burma VJ, Crude, Food Inc., Good Hair, The Most Dangerous Man in America