05 December 2007

Kickin' off award season

The National Board of Review started the ball rolling for the year-end film awards, naming the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men the best film of the year. Keep in mind that the National Board of Review is probably one of the less reputable sources to hand out awards each year. The awards are as follows:

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men - dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Best Director: Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd)

Best Actor: George Clooney (Michael Clayton)

Best Actress: Julie Christie (Away from Her)

Best Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone)

Best Ensemble Cast: No Country for Old Men (Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Kelly Macdonald, Woody Harrelson, et al)

Best Foreign Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - dir. Julian Schnabel

Best Documentary: Body of War - dir. Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro

Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille - dir. Brad Bird

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 Original Screenplay (tie): Diablo Cody (Juno); Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

2-11 of the Best Films of 2007 (in alphabetical order):
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bucket List (seriously?)
Into the Wild
The Kite Runner
Lars and the Real Girl
Michael Clayton
Sweeney Todd

1 comment:

RC said...

i think it's always funny how the top 10 doesn't include the #1 choice...hum?

anyways...i think the NBR is pretty reliable at least in predicting nominees...not neccesarily winners...

this puts Clooney on the map for sure, along with Christie. Also No Country is looking to have a great chance at a critical spot.