NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW 2008 WINNERS
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New York, NY – December 5th, 2007 – The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN the 2007 Best Film of the Year. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, released by Miramax and Paramount Vantage on November 21st, the film is based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel. It simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible, and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
For Best Actor and Actress of 2007, the NBR honors two artists whose performances were truly outstanding. The 2007 Best Actor, GEORGE CLOONEY, was selected for his performance in the title role of Michael Clayton. For the 2007 Best Actress honor, the NBR has selected JULIE CHRISTIE for her performance in Away From Her.
Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:
Best Film: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
DIABLO CODY, Juno and NANCY OLIVER, Lars and the Real Girl
Best Adapted Screenplay: JOEL COEN and ETHAN COEN, No Country For Old Men
Top Ten Films:
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
Top Five Foreign Films:
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
Top Five Documentary Films
Top Independent Films
AWAY FROM HER
Career Achievement – MICHAEL DOUGLAS
“2007 was an extremely exciting and challenging year for the NBR in determining the winners in the various categories,” said NBR President Annie Schulhof. “We screened 282 films and the diversity of these narratives is reflected in our 2007 Ten Best Films. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a brilliant convergence of extraordinary directing, a masterful screenplay, and incredible ensemble performances. We are also proud to honor the special career achievements of Michael Douglas, Roger Deakins, and Robert Osborne, all of whom are truly gifted and deserving artists.”
Additional awards given by the NBR in 2007 include The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression, which champions the voices of maverick filmmakers. The films that have been selected to receive The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression are THE GREAT DEBATERS, directed by Denzel Washington and PERSEPOLIS, directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. Both films capture the spirit of this award, and both do it in uncompromising and unexpected ways. The 2007 NBR Awards, sponsored by BVLGARI, will be presented at the annual gala on January 15th, 2007 at Cipriani’s 42nd St in New York City. Once again, the accounting firm of Lutz & Carr tabulated the actual ballots.
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