‘Slumdog’ Tops Nat’l Board of Review

Awards season has arrived!

The National Board of Review announced their 2008 picks today, naming Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire as best picture and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’s David Fincher as best director.

Clint Eastwood, star of Gran Torino, and Anne Hathaway, leading lady in Rachel Getting Married, received top acting nods, while Josh Brolin (Milk) and Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were honored for their supporting roles.

The board, founded in 1909 in New York City, determines the awards by a vote of 125 plus members composed of academics, film experts and students in New York.

And the winners are:

Film: Slumdog Millionaire

Director: David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Actor: Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

Actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk

Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Foreign Language Film: Mongol

Documentary: Man On Wire

Animated Feature: Wall-E

Ensemble Cast: Doubt

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Viola Davis, Doubt

Directorial Debut: Courtney HuntFrozen River

Original Screenplay: Nick Schenk, Gran Torino

Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Spotlight Award: Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Richard JenkinsThe Visitor

The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: Trumbo

Top Ten Films 

Burn After Reading 


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Dark Knight



Gran Torino 



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

William K. Everson Film History Award: 


Molly Haskell And Andrew Sarris

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