National Board of Review loves The Social Network

The National Board of Review winner were announced this afternoon and like any start to an awards season, the surprises were plentiful. For starters, as predicted but not quite expected, The Social Network claimed the Best Picture, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Best actor prizes. Obviously, Jesse Eisenberg winning Best Actor was the unexpected.

Other surprises included zero wins for favorites Black Swan, 127 Hours and The Kids Are All Right; yet  somehow Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter managed to make the list of the top films, proving once again that the National Board of Review loves them some Eastwood.

This year’s winners will accept their awards when the National Board of Review hosts their annual gala on January 11, 2011, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Winners List

Best Film:

The Social Network

Best Director:

David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actor:

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress:

Lesley Manville, Another Year

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress:

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Foreign Film:

Of Gods and Men

Best Documentary:

Waiting For “Superman”

Best Animated Feature:

Toy Story 3

Best Ensemble Cast:

The Town

Breakthrough Performance:

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut:

Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo

Best Original Screenplay:

Chris Sparling, Buried

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award:

Sofia Coppola, for for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere

William K. Everson Film History Award:

Leonard Maltin

NBR Freedom of Expression:

Fair Game, Conviction, Howl

Top Eleven Films (In alphabetical order):
Another Year
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order):
Animal Kingdom
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Let Me In
Please Give
Youth in Revolt

Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
I Am Love
Life, Above All
Of Gods And Men
Soul Kitchen
White Material

Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order):
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Waiting For “Superman”


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