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The NBR: 30 Helens?

The mysterious group of weirdos at the National Board of Review have chosen Joel & Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men the best movie of the year. The film was also recognized for Best Ensemble Cast and the Brothers were awarded Best Adapted Screenplay. Ratatouille was awarded Best Animated Film. Full results after the jump.

  • Best Film:
    No Country For Old Men
  • Best Director:
    Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd
  • Best Actor:
    George Clooney, Michael Clayton
  • Best Actress:
    Julie Christie, Away From Her
  • Best Supporting Actor:
    Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Best Supporting Actress:
    Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
  • Best Foreign Film:
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Best Documentary:
    Body of War
  • Best Animated Feature:
    Ratatouille
  • Best Ensemble Cast:
    No Country for Old Men
  • Breakthrough Performance by an Actor:
    Emile HirschInto The Wild
  • Breakthrough Performance by an Actress:
    Ellen Page, Juno
  • Best Directorial Debut:
    Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone
  • Best Original Screenplay (tie):
    Diablo Cody, Juno and Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl
  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
    Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Alphabetical list of the NBR Top 10 films for 2007:

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Atonement
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Bucket List
  • Into the Wild
  • Juno
  • The Kite Runner
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Michael Clayton
  • Sweeney Todd

Alphabetical list of Top Five Foreign Films:

  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
  •  The Band’s Visit
  • The Counterfeiters
  • La Vie En Rose
  • Lust, Caution

Alphabetical list of Top Five Documentary Films

  • Darfur Now
  • In the Shadow of the Moon
  • Nanking
  • Taxi to the Darkside
  • Toots

Alphabetical list of Top Independent Films

  • Away from Her
  • Great World of Sound
  • Honeydripper
  • In the Valley of Elah
  • A Mighty Heart
  • The Namesake
  • Once
  • The Savages
  • Starting Out in the Evening
  • Waitress

Good to see some early awards loving for the Coens and Lars and Jesse James, but a little disturbing there is none for There Will Be Blood. I’m just saying.

9 Responses to “30 Helens Agree: No Country is #1”

  1. Weirdos? The 5th from the right is my sister. She’s the number 3# Oscar prognosticator in all of Kazakhstan!

    The Bucket List is better than TWbB and I’m Not There?

    But for every weird outcome there were many more deserving ones. Particular congratulations to the Coens, Casey Affleck, Andrew Dominik, Amy Ryan, and the Lars team.

  2. Hahahah.

    Maybe The Bucket List is the best movie ever? I haven’t seen it or The Kite Runner, so I guess anything is possible. Seems pretty unlikely though.

  3. There Will be Blood probably got overlooked because it was not properly screened in time for consideration. That’s what happened to Children of Men last year when it was shut of the nominations for virtually every major award. Wouldn’t surprise me if the chuckleheads at the studio screwed up once again in properly promoting a film opening late in the year.

  4. That possibility occurred to me too Joel – not enough members of the NBR actually saw the film. But if that was true, why then was Sweeney Todd not hampered in the same way?

  5. joel….last year was well whatever nothing that got the late nov/dec push got a best pic nod.but did get nods for other things. yep i’m thinking of last year’s oscar thing.

  6. Am I wrong thinking that their picks are largely meaningless? Interesting to see some films getting attention, but other than that…

  7. I’m not saying they should take away Scorsese’s Oscar(s) or anything from last year, but it was a fucking joke that Children of Men was ignored for (at the very least) some technical awards. From what I understood, it was because it was held back from many of the advance screenings that these awards nominators/voters types attend. I can only imagine, considering the general buzz I’ve heard, that There Will Be Blood has suffered a similar fate here. It may not be the same level of utter stupidity that torpedoed Children of Men’s awards chances last year, but I imagine it’s a similar lack of fore thought. Course, the marketing of CoM was mishandled from day one so maybe it was a special case.

    Then again, the Bucket List and Kite Runner are on that list too. Who knows? Maybe the crack smokers nudged TWBB off the list?

  8. I don’t now how these awards people think and the NBR is especially hard to figure. I’m under the working theory that CoM and TWBB are just too difficult for the voters to get excited about. TWBB might rack up some critics awards, but I’ll be shocked if There Will Be Oscars.

  9. I was just about to say that both CoM and TWBB were maybe too idiosyncratic for the voters to get behind and then I see that Craig beat me to it by three hours.

    Anyway, I’m especially happy for: Casey Affleck, Emile Hirsch, Ratatouille, and everything for No Country.

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