Awards Season: National Board of Review Loves Spike Jonze's 'Her'

Thursday, 05 December 2013 08:01 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Awards Season: National Board of Review Loves Spike Jonze's 'Her'

During awards season, it's unwise to count any chickens before they've hatched.

The National Board of Review has selected Her as Best Film, also designating Spike Jonze as Best Director.

Jonze's latest, which revealed a beautiful trailer this week, follows a lonely man in the near future who falls hopelessly in love with his AI operating system.  Her topped those two major categories of the National Board of Review Awards, edging out early awards frontrunners such as 12 Years a Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis, and American Hustle, the latter two of which won top honors at the Gotham Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle Awards this week.

Let's talk about how Her's win changes the Oscar landscape three months out from the big awards show.  This "select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students” picked the same Best Film as the Academy Awards only once in recent memory, with Slumdog Millionaire.  Every National Board of Review Best Film winner of the last thirteen years has ended up nominated for Best Picture, though, so count that as good news for Her.

Nebraska propelled both leads Bruce Dern and Will Forte to acting wins, while Emma Thompson and Octavia Spencer won actress awards for the respective work in Saving Mr. Banks and Fruitvale Station.  Speaking of Fruitvale Station, the drama continues to pick up steam, as director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan were once again awarded for their breakthrough work.

Hayaeo Miyazaki's The Wind Rises also received official props from the National Board of Review.

The heaviest hitters of awards season, from 12 Years a Slave to The Wolf of Wall Street and Gravity all made the top ten movies of the year list, along with surprises like Lone Survivor and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  The independent film list, meanwhile, contains gems like Mud, The Spectacular Now, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, and Short Term 12.

See all the winners below, thanks to Deadline:

Best Film
HER
Best Director
Spike Jonze, HER

Best Actor
Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA

Best Actress
Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS

Best Supporting Actor
Will Forte, NEBRASKA

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION

Best Original Screenplay
Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Best Adapted Screenplay
Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Animated Feature
THE WIND RISES

Breakthrough Performance
Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION

Breakthrough Performance
Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Best Directorial Debut
Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION

Best Foreign Language Film
THE PAST

Best Documentary
STORIES WE TELL

William K. Everson Film History Award
George Stevens, Jr.

Best Ensemble
PRISONERS

Spotlight Award
Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
WADJDA

Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award
GRAVITY

Top Films
(in alphabetical order)
12 YEARS A SLAVE
FRUITVALE STATION
GRAVITY
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
LONE SURVIVOR
NEBRASKA
PRISONERS
SAVING MR BANKS
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
BEYOND THE HILLS
GLORIA
THE GRANDMASTER
A HIGHJACKING
THE HUNT

Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
THE ACT OF KILLING
AFTER TILLER
CASTING BY
THE SQUARE

Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
IN A WORLD…
MOTHER OF GEORGE
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
MUD
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
SHORT TERM 12
SIGHTSEERS
THE SPECTACULAR NOW


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