National Board of Review Names Her Best Picture

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The critics groups are starting to name their Best Picture choices with National Board of Review announcing theirs as Spike Jonze’s Her. Just the other day the New York Critics honored American Hustle with Best Picture. If nothing else, it shows that 2013 is an astounding year for film, and look for 12 Years a Slave to pick up a couple of awards before the calendar switches to 2014. Then in mid-January, we’ll get those coveted Oscar nominations and the true awards race will be on.

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As is often the case with awards, the Best Picture and Best Director come from the same movie. Spike Jonze took the honor for his Best Picture-winning Her, while Best Actor went to Bruce Dern for Nebraska, with Emma Thompson picking up the title of Best Actress for her work on Saving Mr. Banks.

In a surprise victory for the SNL alum, Will Forte won Best Supporting Actor for his work opposite Dern in Nebraska. Best Supporting Actress went to Octavia Spencer for Fruitvale Station. We could not be more thrilled for Spencer’s victory as we thought that perhaps her stunning turn in the true story had gotten lost over the months since it debuted. Perhaps she will get some buzz going now for a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Academy Awards.

Here’s the full list of winners from the National Board of Review:

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: Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station

Breakthrough Performance: 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

The National Board of Review then published its list of the top 10 films of the year, 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

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Her Quotes

The heart is not like a box that gets filled up; it expands in size the more you love. I'm different from you. This doesn't make me love you any less. It actually makes me love even more.


It's like I'm reading a book... and it's a book I deeply love. But I'm reading it slowly now. So the words are really far apart and the spaces between the words are almost infinite. I can still feel you... and the words of our story... but it's in this endless space between the words that I'm finding myself now. It's a place that's not of the physical world. It's where everything else is that I didn't even know existed. I love you so much. But this is where I am now. And this who I am now. And I need you to let me go. As much as I want to, I can't live your book any more.


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