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On the heels of yesterday’s (reportedly very close and contentious) win for American Hustle at the New York Film Critics Circle, today the National Board of Review gathered what we assume was a panel of clipboard-clutching schoolmarms in a harshly lit, linoleum-lined room to pass their stern judgment on this year’s movies. And, like the NYFCC, the Board proved there is no clear, conventional choice this year by picking Spike Jonze’s Her as the best movie of 2013, and Jonze the best director. Alas, the funny, surprisingly moving (seriously, go see it) love story of one man’s relationship with his operating system didn’t pick up any acting awards for Joaquin Phoenix. That honor went to Bruce Dern for Nebraska, which also made a big leap forward in Oscar prognostication pools by landing in the NBR’s Top 10 Films list, and netting a Best Supporting Actor win for Will “MacGravitas” Forte.


Other notables to consider: Emma Thomspon and Octavia Spencer got their first recognitions for Saving Mr. Banks and Fruitvale Station, respectively, while the latter continued to pick up “breakthrough” accolades for Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler. Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell took Best Documentary, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises got Best Animated Feature, and the NBR has already seen The Wolf Of Wall Street and apparently it’s pretty good. The complete list is below.

Best Film

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 Ensemble

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

Best Foreign Language Film
The Past

Best Documentary
Stories We Tell

Breakthrough Performance
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station

Breakthrough Performance
Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color

Best Directorial Debut
Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station

William K. Everson Film History Award
George Stevens, Jr.

Spotlight Award
Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

NBR Freedom Of Expression Award

Creative Innovation In Filmmaking Award

Top Films (in alphabetical order)
12 Years A Slave
Fruitvale Station
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor
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
The Grandmaster
A Hijacking
The Hunt

Top 5 Documentaries(in alphabetical order)
20 Feet From Stardom
The Act Of Killing
After Tiller
Casting By
The Square 

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

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