AWARDS

National Board of Review's 2007 Awards

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December 7, 2007

The awards season this year kicks off with the National Board of Review's selection for 2007. Until this year I'd never heard of the NBR, but apparently they're an organization that has been around for almost a century (originated in 1909). Either way, they've got some great picks and are the first one's to publish, so it's at least worth a mention.

What I really love about these awards is that the NBR seems to want to highlight every and anything that was good this year. They're not just picking the "one and only" winner, they're naming a top ten films list and just about everything that was even remotely good. I'm glad so many of my own favorites were even mentioned! Kudos to the inclusion of Gone Baby Gone, Casey Affleck in Assassination of Jesse James, and Michael Clayton.

Best Film: No Country for Old Men
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 Foreign Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Documentary: Body of War
Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille
Best Ensemble Cast: No Country for Old Men
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: Diablo Cody - Juno and Nancy Oliver - Lars and the Real Girl
Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen - No Country For Old Men
Career Achievement: Michael Douglas
William K. Everson Film History Award: Robert Osborne
Career Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins
The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: The Great Debaters and Persepolis

Top Ten Films:
(In alphabetical order)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Atonement
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bucket List
Into the Wild
Juno
The Kite Runner
Lars and the Real Girl
Michael Clayton
Sweeney Todd

Top Five Foreign Films:
(In alphabetical order)
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
The Band's Visit
The Counterfeiters
La Vie en Rose
Lust, Caution

Top Five Documentary Films:
(In alphabetical order)
Darfur Now
In the Shadow of the Moon
Nanking
Taxi to the Darkside
Toots

Top Ten Independent Films:
(In alphabetical order)
Away From Her
Great World of Sound
Honeydripper
In the Valley of Elah
A Mighty Heart
The Namesake
Once
The Savages
Starting Out in the Evening
Waitress

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  • Eric
    The family of Jesse James posted their own 5 page review of "The Assassination of Jesse James..." on their family web site, together with other stories about the family’s former experiences with Hollywood and Jesse James movies. The family offers some unique insight on why Hollywood insiders may not give the film awards the family believes this movie deserves. http://www.ericjames.org/Reviews/AssassinationofJesseJames/index.html

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