Thursday, December 2, 2010

National Board of Review 2010 Awards

The National Board of Review announced their awards for the top films of 2010. While giving highest praise to "The Social Network," the NBR completely shutout "127 Hours," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Black Swan," all of which are being considered huge award contenders. Some of their choices for their top films, especially in the independent category, seem a bit random, as well.

Best Picture: "The Social Network"

Best Director: David Fincher, "The Social Network"

Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"

Lots of love for "The Social Network" here.

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"

Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparing, "Buried"

Here's a shock in my mind. I guess there really weren't as many original screenplays this year, but still, there's "Inception."

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"

Top 11 Films:

Another Year
The Fighter
The King's Speech
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Top Independent Films:

Animal Kingdom
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Let Me In
Please Give
Youth in Revolt

In both lists for best films, "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours" and "Black Swan" are not even mentioned while films like "Youth in Revolt," "Buried" and "Hereafter" are. While I find that strange, I don't see it as any sort of premonition of what the Academy will do. In any case, this is the National Board of Review, and it at least seems they might be on the money giving "The Social Network" their top honor.

Now comes the waiting game for the announcement of more year-end nominations and awards.

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