George Clooney's "Up In The Air" Wins NBR Best Film
Fri, 04 Dec 2009

George Clooney's latest offering "Up in the Air" has been named Best Film by the National Board of Review. The actor also won Best Actor with Morgan Freeman, who plays Nelson Mandela in "Invictus."

"Up in the Air," based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Walter Kim, follows a corporate downsizer as he meets people along the way.

It also won Best Supporting Actress for Anna Kendrick and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other winners include Carey Mulligan for Best Actress ("An Education"), Woody Harrelson for Best Supporting Actor ("The Messenger"), and "Up" for Best Animated Feature.

The comedy "It's Complicated," which stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, was named Best Ensemble.

The 2010 NBR Gala will be held at Cipriani's 42nd St. in New York on January 12. Meredith Vieira will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

The full list of the NBR Awards winners:

  • Best Film: "Up in the Air"
  • Best Director: Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"
  • Best Actor(s): George Clooney, "Up in the Air," and Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
  • Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
  • Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
  • Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
  • Best Foreign Language Film: "A Prophet"
  • Best Documentary: "The Cove"
  • Best Animated Feature: "UP"
  • Best Ensemble Cast: "It's Complicated"
  • Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"
  • Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"
  • Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Duncan Jones, "Moon," Oren Moverman, "The Messenger," Marc Webb, "(500) Days of Summer"
  • Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up In The Air"
  • Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Wes Anderson, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox"
  • William K. Everson Film History Award: Jean Picker Firstenberg
  • NBR Freedom of Expression: "Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country," "Invictus," "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"

Ten Best Films (in alphabetical order)

  • "An Education"
  • "(500) Days of Summer"
  • "The Hurt Locker"
  • "Inglourious Basterds"
  • "Invictus"
  • "The Messenger"
  • "A Serious Man"
  • "Star Trek"
  • "UP"
  • "Where the Wild Things Are"

Five Best Foreign-Language Films (in alphabetical order)

  • "The Maid"
  • "Revanche"
  • "Song of Sparrows"
  • "Three Monkeys"
  • "The White Ribbon"

Five Best Documentaries (in alphabetical order)

  • "Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country"
  • "Crude"
  • "Food, Inc."
  • "Good Hair"
  • "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"

Top Ten Independent Films (in alphabetical order)

  • "Amreeka"
  • "District 9"
  • "Goodbye Solo"
  • "Humpday"
  • "In the Loop"
  • "Julia"
  • "Me and Orson Welles"
  • "Moon"
  • "Sugar"
  • "Two Lovers"
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