The 2008 National Board of Review has given three awards to 'Slumdog Millionaire' and two kudos each for 'Gran Torino' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.
Winners of the 2008 National Board of Review have been unveiled on Thursday, December 4 and among the awards recipients is "Slumdog Millionaire". The Danny Boyle's drama about a poor Indian boy who gets a shot at winning millions in a television game show has been given three kudos, including for the coveted Best Film prize.
Apart from taking the Best Film title, "Slumdog" also brings recognition to its actor, Dev Patel who won Breakthrough Performance by an Actor. Additionally, it also gives Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who shares the prize with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" writer Eric Roth.
Other winners include Clint Eastwood for Best Actor, Anne Hathaway for Best Actress, Josh Brolin for Best Supporting Actor and Penelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress. Though the names of those who will receive the awards have been released, the awards themselves will be presented at the annual gala on January 14, 2009 at Cipriani's in New York City.
While the full winners list can be read at National Board of Review's official site, some of them can be seen below.
- Best Film: "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Best Foreign Language Film: "Mongol"
- Best Documentary: "Man on Wire"
- Best Actor: Clint Eastwood, "Gran Torino"
- Best Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
- Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, "Milk"
- Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
- Best Ensemble Cast: "Doubt"
- Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Dev Patel, "Slumdog Millionaire"
- Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Viola Davis, "Doubt"
- Spotlight Award: Melissa Leo for "Frozen River", and Richard Jenkins for "The Visitor"
- Best Director: David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
- Best Directorial Debut: Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy for "Slumdog Millionaire", and Eric Roth for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
- Best Original Screenplay: Nick Schenk, "Gran Torino"
- Best Animated Feature: "Wall-E"
- William K. Everson Award For Film History: Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris
- The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: "Trumbo"