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.
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
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Wolf of Wall Street