National Board of Review Awards

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  1. Mike Kelly

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    The Awards season officially opens with the results of the voting by the National Board of Review:

    BEST FILM

    1. Moulin Rouge

    2. In the Bedroom

    3. Ocean's 11

    4. Memento

    5. Monster's Ball

    6. Black Hawk Down

    7. The Man Who Wasn't There

    8. A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    9. The Pledge

    10. Mulholland Drive

    BEST FOREIGN FILM

    1. Amores Perros

    2. Behind the Sun

    3. Dark Blue World

    4. No Man's Land

    5. Amelie

    BEST ACTOR: BILLY BOB THORNTON for Monster's Ball, The Man Who Wasn't There & Bandits

    BEST ACTRESS: HALLE BERRY for Monster's Ball

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: JIM BROADBENT for Iris & Moulin Rouge

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: CATE BLANCHETT for The Man Who Cried, Shipping News & Lord of the Rings

    BEST DIRECTOR: TODD FIELD for In The Bedroom

    BEST DOCUMENTARY: THE ENDURANCE

    BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER: NAOMI WATTS for Mulholland Drive

    BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER: HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN for Life as a House

    CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: JON VOIGHT

    BILLY WILDER AWARD, EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION: STEVEN SPIELBERG

    SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: PETER JACKSON for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

    DIRECTORIAL DEBUT: JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL for Hedwig & The Angry Inch

    ACTING ENSEMBLE AWARD: LAST ORDERS

    WILLIAM K. EVERSON AWARD FOR FILM HISTORY: MARTIN SCORSESE for Il Mio

    Viaggo in Italia

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: SHREK

    BEST FILM MADE FOR CABLE TV: WIT

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: LORD OF THE RINGS
     
  2. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Producer

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    What, no Pearl Harbor? What about all the raves here recently? [​IMG]
    On a serious note, this is a very comprehensive list, most especially, in the individual recognitions. Overall, a pretty good list, which, for the most part, I agree on.
     
  3. Robert Montoya

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    Interesting selections - wonder how they will match up with the Oscars:

    Last year

    Best Picture

    NBR

    QUILLS

    AA

    Gladiator

    Actor

    NBR

    Javier Bardem

    AA

    Russell Crowe

    Actress

    NBR

    Julia Roberts

    AA

    Julia Roberts

    Supporting Actor

    NBR

    Juaquin Phonix

    AA

    Benico Del Toro

    Supporting Actress

    NBR

    Lupe Ontiveros

    AA

    Marcia Gay Harden

    NBR

    Soderberg

    AA

    Soderberg
     
  4. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Producer

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    For a frame of reference, here's their 2000 Top 10 list:

    Best Film

    Quills (Fox Searchlight)

    Directed by Philip Kaufman

    Runners-Up:

    #2 - Traffic (USA Films)

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh

    #3 - Croupier (Shooting Gallery)

    Directed by Mike Hodges

    #4 - You Can Count On Me (Paramount Classics)

    Directed by Kenneth Lonergan

    #5 - Billy Elliot (Universal Focus)

    Directed by Stephen Daldry

    #6 - Before Night Falls (Fine Line)

    Directed by Julian Schnabel

    #7 - Gladiator (DreamWorks)

    Directed by Ridley Scott

    #8 - Wonder Boys (Paramount)

    Directed by Curtis Hanson

    #9 - Sunshine (Paramount Classics)

    Directed by István Szabó

    #10 - Dancer In The Dark (Fine Line)

    Directed by Lars von Trier

    ~Edwin
     
  5. Brad_W

    Brad_W Screenwriter

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    It's nice to see that Peter Jackson and one of his films are both getting credit.

    Just watch Bad Taste and you'll see where's he has come from.

    And on that note, what beautiful dramatic change for him. He also went from doing his own effects (great for B horror) to having lush effects.

    I am very happy for him.
     
  6. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I have yet to see most of those. Guess I'll be a rentin' fool when they come to dvd...
     
  7. Edwin Pereyra

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    Here's the complete list:

    Best Film

    Moulin Rouge (Fox)

    Directed by Baz Luhrmann

    Runners-Up:

    #2 - In The Bedroom (Miramax)

    Directed by Todd Field

    #3 - Ocean's Eleven (Warner Bros.)

    Directed by Steven Soderbergh

    #4 - Memento (Newmarket)

    Directed by Christopher Nolan

    #5 - Monster's Ball (Lions Gate)

    Directed by Marc Forster

    #6 - Black Hawk Down (Columbia)

    Directed by Ridley Scott

    #7 - The Man Who Wasn't There (USA Films)

    Directed by Joel Coen

    #8 - A.I. Artificial Intelligence (DreamWorks)

    Directed by Steven Spielberg

    #9 - The Pledge (Warner Bros.)

    Directed by Sean Penn

    #10 - Mulholland Drive (Universal Focus)

    Directed by David Lynch

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    Director

    Todd Field, In The Bedroom (Miramax)

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    Actor

    Billy Bob Thornton, Bandits (MGM), The Man Who Wasn't There (USA Films) and Monster's Ball (Lions Gate)

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    Actress

    Halle Berry, Monster's Ball (Lions Gate)

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    Supporting Actor

    Jim Broadbent, Iris (Miramax) and Moulin Rouge (Fox)

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    Supporting Actress

    Cate Blanchett, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (New Line), The Man Who Cried (Universal Focus) and The Shipping News (Miramax)

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    Foreign Film

    Amores Perros (Lions Gate)

    Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Runners-Up:

    Behind The Sun (Miramax)

    Directed by Walter Salles

    Dark Blue World (Sony Pictures Classics)

    Directed by Jan Sverák

    No Man's Land (MGM)

    Directed by Danis Tanovic

    Amélie (Miramax)

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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    Documentary

    The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (Cowboy Pictures)

    Directed by George Butler

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    Animated Feature

    Shrek (DreamWorks)

    Directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson

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    Screenplay

    Rob Festinger & Todd Field, In The Bedroom (Miramax)

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    Special Achievement Award In Filmmaking

    Peter Jackson, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (New Line)

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    Ensemble Performance

    The cast of Last Orders

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    Breakthrough Performance

    Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive (Universal Focus)

    Hayden Christensen, Life As A House (New Line)

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    Billy Wilder Award for Excellence In Direction

    Steven Spielberg

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    Directorial Debut

    John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Fine Line)

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    Special Mention for Excellence In Filmmaking

    The Anniversary Party (Fine Line)

    Directed by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming

    The Deep End (Fox Searchlight)

    Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel

    Diamond Men (DMC Films)

    Directed by Daniel M. Cohen

    Ghost World (MGM)

    Directed by Terry Zwigoff

    Happy Accidents (IFC Films)

    Directed by Brad Anderson

    Iris (Miramax)

    Directed by Richard Eyre

    Lantana (Lions Gate)

    Directed by Ray Lawrence

    L.I.E. (Lot 47)

    Directed by Michael Cuesta

    Piñero (Miramax)

    Directed by Leon Ichaso

    Sexy Beast (Fox Searchlight)

    Directed by Jonathan Glazer

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    Freedom of Expression

    Baran (Miramax)

    Directed by Majid Majidi

    Jung (War) In The Land Of The Muhjaheddin (Karousel Films)

    Directed by Fabrizio Lazzaretti, Alberto Vendemmiati and Giuseppe Petitto

    Kandahar (Avatar)

    Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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    Production Design / Art Direction

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (New Line)

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    William K. Everson Award for Film History

    Martin Scorsese, Il Mio Viaggio In Italia

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    Career Achievement

    Jon Voight

    ~Edwin
     
  8. Seth Paxton

    Seth Paxton Lead Actor

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    One question...

    AMORES PERROS for best foreign film???

    Yes, by AA standards for Best Film it is 2001, but it was an AA nominee for Best Foreign film for it's global release year (and submission year) of 2000.

    I understand that they don't have to follow the same rules, but I'm a bit surprised that for foreign films that they don't go with global public release as well.

    Other than that they seem to be in the ballpark.

    It's hard to place FOTR at this point since it doesn't make their top 10 but does get recognition.

    Also I have heard good, but not great, things about Ocean's 11. So it's position surprises me at this point. I guess I will find out on FRI.
     
  9. Mike Kelly

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    What surprises me most on this list is the number of early and mid-year films that made their top 10, and the lack of the big films scheduled for release in later December:

    Michael Mann's "Ali"

    Ron Howards' "A Beautiful Mind"

    Frank Darabont's "The Majestic"

    Lasse Hallstrom's "The Shipping News"

    Robert Altman's "Gosford Park"

    As well as "Lord of the Rings" which is getting killer reviews.

    It will be interesting to see what the L.A Critics and N.Y Critics pick next week.

    By the way, if NBR best director and screenplay winner Todd Field's name seems familiar, he portrayed Nick, the piano player in "Eyes Wide Shut"
     
  10. Dave L

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    Although half the list has yet to open around here, in general, it points to a mediocre year. The early reviews on "Ocean's 11" haven't made it seem anything special, so its inclusion is a surprise. I think it got a one paragraph review in Time.

    While I agree with "Memento," "Mulholland Drive," and "Amores Perros," can't say the same about the others on the list that I've seen ("AI" -- had its moments, but uneven and too many endings, "Moulin Rouge" -- someone said MR was a film for queens of all ages).

    The acting awards are all surprises. The recent articles in USAToday & MSNBC about Oscar contenders mentioned few of these performances. Really looking forward to the critics awards now. Could be a year of dark horses.
     
  11. Chris_Richard

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    In referenct to the foreign film timing, the NBR and most other groups only look at films released in the U.S. during their time frame.
    The Oscars is unique in their Foreign Film category. The films are submitted by another country and many times have not played in any general release theater in the U.S.
    I think the Academy has changed the rules so I don't think this can still happen, but in the early 70s Day For Night won the best foreign film and the next year was nominated in many regular categories.
     
  12. Rich Malloy

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    While it's certainly conventional wisdom that these awards are entirely bogus - including the Oscars - I think it's important to keep in mind how little a film's actual merits figure into the voting. And as we're at the beginning of the silly season, I don't think one could say this often enough.
    With that in mind, here's a brief "inside look" at the NBR awards from former NBR members:
     
  13. Edwin Pereyra

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    Ha, ha, ha. Looks nothing more but gripes from disgruntled former members. Got to hear all sides of the argument (situation) before I can give any weight to this piece at all.

    ~Edwin
     
  14. Seth Paxton

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    I don't agree with Al regarding the Oscars, even though I thought they were way off with Gladiator last year that was a rare occasion. Usually I find them to be in the ballpark and a lot closer than most awards in ANY field. I mean, even at HTF no one agrees totally with Top 10s. That was one of my points last year in getting us to compile them.
    Our "totalled" list didn't match any person's list, but it was in the area. Since film is a group audience art, I think such group thoughts are appropriate.
    Hold on Al, it's not all bad...[​IMG]
    On the other hand, I've got a feeling based on other reports and the one above that there is some truth regarding the manner in which the NBR works. After all, Ocean's 11?? I think it's safe to say that no way in hell. [​IMG]
    Golden Globes are another of the more "dubious" awards.
    But I will listen with interest to the NY and LA critics, plus the AFI. And of course the Oscars (well, with special consideration regarding any Miramax or Dreamworks efforts).
    You know, where was the Miramax nomination magic back in 94 for Pulp? [​IMG] They hadn't figured it out yet I suppose.
    For the record, Moulin Rouge is running at the top of my list too, right there with Memento. I respect the hell out of both as films, not just "gimmicks". It saddens me to know that others do see them as gimmicks actually. But oh well.
     
  15. Thi Them

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    I have also heard some bad things about the National Board of Review.

    ~T
     

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