Here We Go! Awards Season Has Started!

This morning, the National Board of Review announced its selections of the year’s best movies.

Here they are:

Best Picture
No Country For Old Men

Top 10 of 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bucket List
Into the Wild
The Kite Runner
Lars and the Real Girl
Michael Clayton
Sweeney Todd

Best Foreign Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Top 5 Foreign Films
4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days
The Band’s Visit
The Counterfeiters
La Vie En Rose
Lust, Caution

Best Documentary
Body of War

Top Five Documentaries
Darfur Now

In The Shadow of the Moon
Taxi To The Darkside

Top Independent Films
Away From Her
Great World of Sound
In The Valley of Elah
A Mighty Heart
The Namesake
The Savages

Starting Out In The Evening

Best Director
Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd

Best Actor
George Clooney – Michael Clayton

Best Actress

Julie Christie – Away From Her

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck – Jesse James

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone

Best Ensemble Cast
No Country For Old Men

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
Emile Hirsch – Into The Wild

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress
Ellen Page – Juno

Best Directorial Debut
Ben Affleck – Gone Baby Gone

Best Adapted Screenplay
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men

Best Original Screenplay
Diablo Cody – Juno and Nancy Oliver – Lars and the Real Girl

Best Animated Feature

Career Achievement Award
Michael Douglas

William K. Everson Award For Film History
Robert Osborne

Career Achievement in Cinematography
Roger Deakins

The Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression
The Great Debaters and Persepolis


And what does all this mean for the upcoming Oscar season?

From “Last year, four of the five eventual best picture nominees were first part of the NBR Top 10 (only The Queen wasn’t). So while today’s news doesn’t necessarily sound the death knell for any particular film, it’s certainly not good news for American Gangster, Charlie Wilson’s War, or There Will Be Blood. And as always, the NBR list, which last year included head-scratchers like The History Boys, features a few surprise inclusions, like Bourne (yay!) and the upcoming Jack Nicholson dramedy The Bucket List, which seemed to be a Golden Globe contender at best. But at this point, it cemented films like No Country, Atonement, Jiuno, Kite Runner, Claiyton, and Sweeney as movies to watch in the coming months.

Of these films, I’ve seen: Michael Clayon, No Country for Old Men, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Lars and the Real Girl. (I’m going to see No Country again tonight, it was that good!)

I plan on seeing: Juno, Sweeney Todd, The Kite Runner, and Atonement, as soon as they come out.

As for the other films mentioned, I’ll see them… eventually.

But I am looking foward to J-Term, so that Cinefille’s Oscar Fest (explanation forthcoming)can officially begin.

2 thoughts on “Here We Go! Awards Season Has Started!”

  1. I can’t believe no mention of There Will Be Blood in the top 10 of 2007. I’m still holding out for that movie to make a splash.

  2. I think it just won the LA Critics award for Best Picture… Also the NBR always makes weird selections. They tend to pick safe, more mainstream movies.

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