No Country Is NBR’s Best Film

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men” was named the year’s best picture at the National Board of Review Awards on Wednesday, the first major gongs for the year.

The group named its ten best follow-up films as well in alphabetical order: “The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Atonement,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Bucket List,” “Into the Wild,” “Juno,” “The Kite Runner,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Michael Clayton” and “Sweeney Todd.”

‘Country’ was also won best ensemble cast and best adapted screenplay honors. George Clooney and Julie Christie took home best actor and actress prizes for “Michael Clayton” and “Away from Her” respectively, whilst Tim Burton was named best director for “Sweeney Todd.”

Diablo Cody (“Juno”) and Nancy Oliver (“Lars and the Real Girl”) tied for best original screenplay, Casey Affleck (“The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”) won best supporting actor, Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”) won best supporting actress.

Ben Affleck took best directorial debut for “Gone Baby Gone,” both Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild”) and Ellen Page (“Juno”) won breakthrough performance honors, and “Ratatouille” won best animated feature.

Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” won best foreign film, with “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “The Band’s Visit,” “The Counterfeiters,” “La Vie En Rose,” and “Lust, Caution” named as the top five other contenders.

“Body of War” won best documentary with “Darfur Now,” “In the Shadow of the Moon” “Nanking,” “Taxi to the Darkside,” and “Toots” named as the top five other contenders.

Finally, the Board also named its Top Ten Independent Films: “Away From Her,” “Great World of Sound,” “Honeydripper,” “In the Valley of Elah,” “A Mighty Heart,” “The Namesake,” “Once,” “The Savages,” “Starting Out in the Evening,” “Waitress.”