The Jason Reitman-directed film takes home four kudos, including Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay awards.
The winners of 2009 National Board of Review have been announced on Thursday, December 3, revealing the domination of "Up in the Air". The drama comedy becomes the big winner as it manages to grab four prizes, including Best Film award.
The film also aids George Clooney to get the Best Actor title, which he shares with "Invictus" actor Morgan Freeman. Additionally, "Up in the Air" brings recognition to its star Anna Kendrick who wins Best Supporting Actress, as well as gives Best Adapted Screenplay award for screenwriters Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.
Other movies which are among the winners include "Up" for Best Animated Feature, and "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" which gives Special Filmmaking Achievement Award for director, producer and scribe Wes Anderson. Meanwhile, "The Hurt Locker" star Jeremy Renner receives an award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor. The National Board of Review awards will be presented at the annual gala on January 14, 2010 at Cipriani's 42nd Street 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: "Up in the Air"
- Best Director: Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"
- Best Actor: Morgan Freeman, "Invictus" and George Clooney, "Up in the Air" (tie)
- Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
- Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
- Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, "Up In The Air"
- Best Foreign Film: "A Prophet"
- Best Documentary: "The Cove"
- Best Animated Feature: "Up"
- Best Ensemble Cast: "It's Complicated"
- Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"
- Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire"
- Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Duncan Jones, Moon, Oren Moverman for "The Messenger", and Marc Webb for "500 Days of Summer" (tie)
- Best Original Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up In The Air"
- Best Directorial Debut: Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"
- 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"