Thursday, December 02, 2010

2010 National Board of Review winners!

My predictions are somewhat off but i picked the best picture winner and i am quite happy for that. Some of my acting alternates were the eventual winners and i got no complaints either. The selection of Jesse Eisenberg for best actor is not a total surprise as i have him in my Oscar shortlist but i would have wanted to see Andrew Garfield win, too.

Christian Bale turns in an amazing, if not disturbing, performance in "The Fighter" so i am not totally surprised why he won. He is in my Oscar shortlist as well.

Don't ask me my opinion on their best actress pick because i haven't seen Mike Leigh's "Another Year" yet and Leigh's an actor's director and he delivered Imelda Staunton from obscurity some years back so Lesley Mansville's win puts her on track for a possible Oscar nom but my money is still on Annette Bening (for "The Kids are All Right") and Natalie Portman (for "Black Swan") to duke it out the entire winter season.

Melissa Leo was my pick to win in the best supporting actress category for her incredible performance as an overbearing mother whose parenting ability is questionable. Jacki Weaver, however, delivered a critically-acclaimed turn in the Aussie indie "Animal Kingdom" and i am not totally disappointed. I still have to watch that film though.

Below is the full list of winners:

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 Language 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
Debut Directors: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo
Spotlight Award: Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati, The Illusionist
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, Howl
Production Design Award: Dante Ferretti, Shutter Island

Ten Best Films
Another Year
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone
Five Best Foreign-Language Films 
I Am Love
Life, Above All
Soul Kitchen
White Material

Five Best Documentaries
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Top Ten Independent Film 
Animal Kingdom
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Let Me In
Please Give
Youth in Revolt

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