Spike Jonze’s Her, which tells the story of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer’s operating system, was named Best Film of 2013 by the National Board of Review. Jonze was also honored as Best Director, giving a boost to that film’s Oscar prospects. Nebraska and Fruitvale Station were also generously recognized, with Bruce Dern and Will Forte winning the actor awards, and Fruitvale’s Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress), Michael B. Jordan (Breakthough Performance), and director Ryan Coogler (Best Directorial Debut) also winning praise.
Emma Thompson was named Best Actress for her performance in Saving Mr. Banks, while the Coen brothers won Best Original Screenplay for writing Inside Llewyn Davis.
Gravity and 12 Years a Slave didn’t win any major awards – Gravity was recognized with a Creative Innovation prize – but both films were included in the Board’s top-10 list (in alphabetical order): 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor, Nebraska, Prisoners, Saving Mr. Banks, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street.
American Hustle, on the other hand, which was honored yesterday by the New York Film Critics Circle, was completely blanked. David O. Russell’s star-studded 1970s-set drama need not despair just yet. The NBR has only correctly picked the Oscar-winner for Best Picture twice in the last 13 years – the last time was 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. But for the past 12 years, their Best Film honorees have always been nominated for the Academy Award.
Below is a full list of the awards :
Best Film: HER
Best Director: Spike Jonze, HER
Best Actor: Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA
Best Actress: Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS
Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, NEBRASKA
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Best Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES
Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Foreign Language Film: THE PAST
Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL
William K. Everson Film History Award: George Stevens, Jr.
Best Ensemble: PRISONERS
Spotlight Award: Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: WADJDA
Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award: GRAVITY
Top Films (in alphabetical order)
12 YEARS A SLAVE
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
SAVING MR. BANKS
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Top 5 Foreign Language Films (In Alphabetical Order)
BEYOND THE HILLS
Top 5 Documentaries (In Alphabetical Order)
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
THE ACT OF KILLING
Top 10 Independent Films (In Alphabetical Order)
AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
IN A WORLD…
MOTHER OF GEORGE
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
SHORT TERM 12
THE SPECTACULAR NOW
This year’s ceremony will take place on Jan. 7 in New York City.