Thursday, December 2, 2010

2010 National Board of Review Awards - winners announced

The National Board of Review has presented their selections for top films of 2010, and The Social Network dominates their choices. It won for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other actors receiving recognition from NBR were Lesley Manville (Another Year), Christian Bale (The Fighter), and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom). The French film Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) won Best Foreign Film, while won Toy Story 3 Best Animated Feature. Waiting For “Superman” was named Best Documentary. In addition to the Best Film categories, the NBR named an addition Top Ten Films, Top Ten Independent Films, Top Five Foreign Films, and Top Five Documentaries.

After being passed over by the Gotham Awards in the Breakthrough category, Jennifer Lawrence received that honour from the NBR for her work in Winter’s Bone. Surprisingly, some major films such as 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right or Blue Valentine were not recognized either with individual awards or on one of the top ten lists.

Canadian film Incendies by Denis Villeneuve was named one of the top foreign films of the year. Also included as a top foreign film is the German / South African co-production Life, Above All based on the novel Chanda's Secrets by Canadian author Allan Stratton.

The NBR's awards will be presented on Jan. 11 at an event hosted by Meredith Vieira. 

Full list of 2010  National Board of Review Awards

Best Film
The Social Network

Best Director
David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actor
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress
Lesley Manville, Another Year

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Foreign Film
Of Gods and Men

Best Documentary
Waiting For “Superman”

Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 3

Best Ensemble Cast
The Town

Breakthrough Performance
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut
Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo

Best Original Screenplay
Chris Sparling, Buried

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award
Sofia Coppola, for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere

William K. Everson Film History Award
Leonard Maltin

NBR Freedom of Expression
Fair Game
, Conviction,

Top Eleven Films (In alphabetical order)
Another Year
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order)
Animal Kingdom
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Let Me In
Please Give
Youth in Revolt

Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order)
I Am Love
Life, Above All
Of Gods And Men
Soul Kitchen
White Material

Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order)
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Waiting For “Superman”

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