Yay! "Up in the Air" Named Best Film of 2009 By the National Board of Review! George Clooney, Morgan Freeman Tied for Best Actor 


Director Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" won big at the 2009 National Board of Review Awards. The movie, based on Walter Kirn's novel, won the Best Film of the Year, while its star, George Clooney, won Best Actor tied with Morgan Freeman for "Invictus."

"Up in the Air" also won Best Supporting Actress for Anna Kendrick, and Reitman and Sheldon Turner won Best Adapted Screenplay.

(Check out my interview with Jason Reitman, Anna Kendrick, and Vera Farmiga for "Up in the Air")

And the winners of the 2009 National Board of Review Awards are:

Film: "Up in the Air"

Director: Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"

Actor: George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"

Actress: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"

Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"

Foreign Language Film: "A Prophet"

Documentary:"The Cove"

Animated Feature: "Up"

Ensemble Cast: "It's Complicated" (Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin)

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"

Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

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 Ellseberg 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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