And just like that, the Oscar race changes. Just a day after the New York Film Critics Circle showered American Hustle with accolades, the David O’Russell flick was shunned by the National Board of Review. Not only did it not receive any category awards, but it wasn’t even included on the NBR’s Top 10 films of the year. OUCH.
The grifter comedy shouldn’t get too bummed out. The National Board of Review has only correctly picked the Oscar-winner for Best Picture twice in the last 13 years. Slumdog Millionaire and No Country for Old Men being the exceptions. However, it should be noted that the NBR’s film honorees have always been nominated for the Academy Award in the past 12 years.
Exactly who got loving from the National Board? Spike Jonze’s story of a man falling in love with the voice of a computer operating system did. HER picked up Best Film and Best Director. Nebraska and Fruitvale Station were also multiple winners. Both received acting nods with the latter’s Michael B. Jordan picking up Breakthrough Performance for his role. Check out all the winners below.
A couple of days after Kathryn Bigelow’s film scored top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, Zero Dark Thirty nabs another win. The National Board of Review bestows Best Film honors to the Osama bin Laden movie. Bigelow also won for Best Director. Is Zero Dark Thirty the film to beat at the upcoming Academy Awards? It’s certainly a contender, but keep this in mind. The last time the NBR picked the eventual Oscar Best Film winner was back in 2008 when Slumdog Millionaire danced its way to the podium.
Zero Dark Thirty also earned an award in one of the acting categories. Jessica Chastain who plays a CIA agent on the hunt for bin Laden won Best Actress. Bradley Cooper beat out Oscar frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) for Best Actor for his work in Silver Linings Playbook. On the supporting front, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ann Dowd were honored for Django Unchained and Compliance respectively.
Out of all the winners, the one I’m most ecstatic about is Tom Holland’s win in the Breakthrough Actor category. I literally just walked out of a screening for The Impossible and can’t say enough great things about Holland. He was EVERYTHING in that film. The trailers made it look like it was all about Ewan McGregor, but it wasn’t. The entire movie is an acting tour de force from Holland and Naomi Watts. Definitely check out this film. Be warned: bring lots of tissues. I cried at least ten times. Check out the rest of the winners below.
December is here, and with that comes Award Season. With the Spirit Awards and Grammy Awards both announcing nominations earlier this week, we’re definitely in full swing of this jam-packed season. One of the early Oscar predictors is the National Board of Review Awards. The winners are chosen by film enthusiasts, academics, film professionals and students. The NBR is typically the first to announce its annual film honors.
Though the ceremony recognizing the winners won’t be held til January 11, 2011 in New York City at a gala hosted by Meredith Viera, the winners were announced Thursday. Winning top honors at this year’s awards is “the social network” as Best Film of 2010. It also picked up three major awards with Jesse Eisenberg earning Best Actor honors, Aaron Sorkin for Best Adapted Screenplay and David Fincher as Best Director. By winning so many awards, the Facebook movie is sending a strong message they’re a clear front-runner at this year’s upcoming Golden Globes and Academy Awards ceremony.