National Board of Review: Best of 2008

Let the award season begin! The National Board of Review announced its selections for the best films, performances, directors and screenplays of 2008.

Slumdog Millionare is quickly becoming this year’s Little Miss Sunshine/Juno; it received three prizes: Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Breakthrough Performance by an Actor. The other big winner is Clint Eastwood, who won Best Actor for his role in Gran Torino (a sign that the Best Actor race might be his this year) and he directed two films (Gran Torino, Changeling) in the Top 10. After its big wins at the Gotham Awards and six Independent Spirit nominations, Sundance favorite Frozen River continues to collect awards.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film:
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director:
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Actor:
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

Best Actress:
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Actor:
Josh Brolin, Milk

Best Supporting Actress:
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Foreign Language Film:
Mongol

Best Documentary:
Man on Wire

Best Animated Feature:
Wall-E

Best Ensemble Cast:
Doubt

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor:
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress:
Viola Davis, Doubt

Best Directorial Debut:
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River

Best Original Screenplay:
Nick Schenk, Gran Torino

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire and Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Spotlight Award:
Melissa Leo, Frozen River and Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression:
Trumbo

Top Ten Films:
Burn After Reading
Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Defiance
Frost/Nixon
Gran Torino
Milk
Wall-E
The Wrestler

Top Five Foreign Language Films:
Edge of Heaven
Let the Right One In
Roman de Guerre
A Secret
Waltz with Bashir

Top Five Documentary Films:
American Teen
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Dear Zachary
Encounters at the End of the World
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

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