The NBR awards is the season's first big sign of Academy Awards promise. The last two NBR best picture winners -- 'No Country for Old Men' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' -- have won best picture Oscars. Who's taking home hardware this year? 'Up In The Air' and 'Invictus' won big at the annual National Board of Review movie awards, announced on Thursday by the New York-based film group composed of film historians, educators and students.
The NBR awards is the season's first big sign of Academy Awards promise. The last two NBR best picture winners -- 'No Country for Old Men' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' -- have won best picture Oscars.
'Up in the Air' won best picture and star George Clooney co-won best actor, sharing it with Morgan Freeman, star of 'Invictus.' 'Air' -- due for a limited release on Friday -- follows George Clooney as a perpetually traveling corporate-downsizing contractor whose job it is to fire people. Jason Reitman directed.
Freeman plays former South Africa president Nelson Mandela in 'Invictus,' a drama about the integration of the South Africa rugby team. Clint Eastwood won best director for 'Invictus.'
Carey Mulligan won best actress for her role in 'An Education,' a coming of age drama set in early 1960s England.
The notable omission from the NBRs is 'Precious,' the critically acclaimed inner-city drama. Gabourey Sidibe was the film's sole NBR winner for breakthrough performance by an actress.
The awards will be formally handed out in New York City on Jan. 12, 2010.
Here's the full list of NBR winners:
Best Film: 'Up In The Air'
Best Director: Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Best Actor: Morgan Freeman, 'Invictus' and George Clooney, 'Up In The Air' (tie)
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, 'An Education'
Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, 'The Messenger'
Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, 'Up In The Air'
Best Foreign Film: 'A Prophet'
Best Documentary: 'The Cove'
Best Animated Feature: 'Up'
Best Ensemble Cast: 'It's Complicated'
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Jeremy Renner, 'The Hurt Locker'
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, 'Precious'
Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Duncan Jones, 'Moon,' Oren Moverman, 'The Messenger' and Marc Webb, '500 Days of Summer' (tie)
Best Original Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen, 'A Serious Man'
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, 'Up In The Air'
Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Wes Anderson, 'The Fantastic Mr. Fox'
William K. Everson Film History Award: Jean Picker Firstenberg
NBR Freedom of Expression: 'Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country,' 'Invictus,' 'The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellseberg And The Pentagon Papers'
Top Eleven Films (In alphabetical order):
'(500) Days Of Summer'
'The Hurt Locker'
'A Serious Man'
'Up In The Air'
'Where The Wild Things Are'
Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order):
'In The Loop'
'Me And Orson Welles'
Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
'Song Of Sparrows'
'The White Ribbon'
Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order):
'Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country'
'The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers'