The sci-fi romance led by Joaquin Phoenix and voiced by Scarlett Johansson bags top prizes for Best Film and Best Director.
"Her" is a big winner at this year's National Board of Review Awards. The movie about a lone writer, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who falls in love with a computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, takes the title of Best Film of the year. The sci-fi romance also helps Spike Jonze win Best Director.
"Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today," says Annie Schulhof, the president of the National Board of Review. "In 'Her' he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way. It is an outstanding achievement that is sure to become a new classic."
Best Actor goes to Bruce Dern for his role in "Nebraska", and Best Supporting Actor is awarded to his co-star Will Forte. Meanwhile, Best Actress is given to Emma Thompson for her performance in "Saving Mr. Banks", and Best Supporting Actress is presented to "Fruitvale Station" actress Octavia Spencer.
The winner of Breakthrough Performance in male category is Spencer's co-star Michael B. Jordan and the recipient in the female category is Adele Exarchopoulos for her role in "Blue Is the Warmest Color". Other winners include "Prisoners" for Best Ensemble and "Gravity" for Creative Innovation.
Best Film: "Her"
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 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"
Breakthrough Performance - Male: Michael B. Jordan - "Fruitvale Station"
Breakthrough Performance - Female: Adele Exarchopoulos - "Blue Is the Warmest Color"
Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler - "Fruitvale Station"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Past"
Best Documentary: "Stories We Tell"
William K. Everson Film History Award: George Stevens Jr.
Best Ensemble: "Prisoners"
Spotlight Award: Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: "Wadjda"
Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award: "Gravity"
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"
- "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"