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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thoughts on the NBR

With the National Board of Review (NBR) announcing their best film of the year, some may say the award season is finally here. Let the games begin. Though, let's be honest, the NBR is not the best Oscar indicator. Finding Neverland was named the best film all the way back in 2004. Good Night, and Good Luck won in 2005 and Letters from Iwo Jima won in 2006.  The only time their best film has matched the Oscars this decade was last year with No Country for Old Men. Before that you have to go all the way back to 1999 with American Beauty.

With that said, where does Slumdog Millionare stand? I actually just saw this film today. It's one that is really hard not to like. It makes you feel good at the end and is just a beautiful story in every way. Though as I sat in the theatre, I kept thinking to myself that while it may and should garner a nomination, this film is not going to win Best Picture in February. I'll get into this in more detail over the weekend.

There were a couple surprises for sure. The biggest in my opinion is Josh Brolin winning for Milk over Heath Ledger. I have had my doubts about Ledger. Still believe he is the frontrunner, but if he doesn't start winning, it might prove that winning posthumously is just too difficult to do.

Also, Anne Hathaway winning Best Actress and Clint Eastwood winning Best Actor were curveballs. Anne has been considered a serious contender, but she basically beat out Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, and Cate Blanchett. Only one word: impressive. As for Clint, that shows that Sean Penn might not coast to this award as some people project. Though, I figured Penn's biggest competition would come from the likes of Mickey Rourke, Frank Langhella, or even Leo.

I think the plan now is to collect some more thoughts and actually do an official Oscar post this weekend. I'm picking up the pace in regards to Oscar worthy films. Going to try to see Milk in the next couple days. Critic awards will be coming in from left and right shortly, so things should get interesting.

Here's a complete list of the major winners:

Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Original Screenplay: Gran Torino
Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (tie)

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