Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Up in the Air" Makes Headlines

The National Board of Review (NBR) has named "Up in the Air" as the best picture of 2009. Jason Reitman's film also won for its screenplay, along with actor, George Clooney, and supporting actress, Anna Kendrick. From the look of things, it would appear that this timely crowd-pleaser, which has already been gaining substantial steam, will continue its way right on to the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. And it hasn't even reached wide release yet.

"Invictus" garnered two awards from NBR including one for Clint Eastwood's direction and another for Morgan Freeman's leading performance.

Other major awards went to Carey Mulligan for her lead role in "An Education," Woody Harrelson as supporting actor in "The Messenger," and Joel and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man" for original screenplay.

"Up" was awarded for best animated film and "The Cove" for best documentary.

NBR also compiled a Top 10 list of the year:

1) An Education
2) (500) Days of Summer
3) The Hurt Locker
4) Inglourious Basterds
5) Invictus
6) The Messenger
7) A Serious Man
8) Star Trek
9) Up
10) Where the Wild Things Are

"Precious," an Oscar favorite as of right now, remained conspicuously absent from the list, and thankfully so in my opinion.

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