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Slumdog Millionaire Wins 2008 Best film from NBR

December 5, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire will be playing in Memphis beginning December 19. No word yet if it will come to Oxford, but let’s get real folks. Plan now for a road trip.

See below for the winners from the National Board of Review (note – Burn Before Reading made it to the top 10 film list, interesting!)

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
NAMED 2008 BEST FILM OF THE YEAR
BY THE
NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

New York, NY – December 4th, 2008 – The National Board of Review, celebrating its 100th year, named Slumdog Millionaire the 2008 Best Film of the Year. Directed by Danny Boyle, this inspirational drama reflects back on the tumultuous life of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) while competing to win 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The film was released on November 12th by Fox Searchlight.

For Best Actor and Actress of 2008, the NBR honors two artists whose performances were exceptional and brave. The 2008 Best Actor, Clint Eastwood, was selected for his performance in Gran Torino. For the 2008 Best Actress honor, the NBR has selected Anne Hathaway for her performance in Rachel Getting Married.

Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Best Director: DAVID FINCHER, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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 Foreign Language Film: MONGOL
Best Documentary: MAN ON WIRE
Best Animated Feature: WALL-E
Best Ensemble Cast: DOUBT
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: DEV PATEL, Slumdog Millionaire
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: VIOLA DAVIS, Doubt
Best Directorial Debut: COURTNEY HUNT, Frozen River
Best Original Screenplay: : NICK SCHENK, Gran Torino
Best Adapted Screenplay: SIMON BEAUFOY, Slumdog Millionaire and ERIC ROTH, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Spotlight Award: MELISSA LEO, Frozen River and RICHARD JENKINS, The Visitor
The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression: TRUMBO

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2008
(in alphabetical order)
BURN AFTER READING
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
DEFIANCE
FROST/NIXON
GRAN TORINO
MILK
WALL-E
THE WRESTLER
TOP FIVE FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS OF 2008
(in alphabetical order)
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
ROMAN DE GARE
A SECRET
WALTZ WITH BASHIR
TOP FIVE DOCUMENTARIES OF 2008
(in alphabetical order)
AMERICAN TEEN
THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)
DEAR ZACHARY
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED
TOP INDEPENDENT FILMS OF 2008
(in alphabetical order)
FROZEN RIVER
IN BRUGES
IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS
MR. FOE
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
SNOW ANGELS
SON OF RAMBOW
WENDY AND LUCY
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
THE VISITOR

William K. Everson Film History Award – MOLLY HASKELL and ANDREW SARRIS
The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression – TRUMBO

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