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2012 National Board Of Review Award Winners

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Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Zero Dark Thirty are riding the crest of a rather awesome wave right now. Yeah, someone really did use that saying in a conversation with me once. But let’s leave Sussex sensibilities behind for a minute and focus on Bigelow and Zeitlin.

Things are going pretty swimmingly for the pair, with Bigelow fresh off her NYFCC win, Zeitlin winning yet another accolade for his direction and both receiving prizes for their leading ladies.

It’s great to see Looper receiving Best Original Screenplay, but the money’s still on Moonrise Kingdom, especially when the Academy seem to keep sci-fi offerings reserved to the technical fields. But I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for more Rian Johnson nominations and it’s brilliant to see it make their top ten, as it’ll definitely make my list of the best 2012’s had to offer.

Talking of their top ten, indie offerings sit alongside Oscar frontrunners, with The Perks Of Being A Wallflower getting a very deserved mention.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

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2011 National Board Of Review Winners

The National Board Of Review has just announced its 2011 winners that are to be honoured in a ceremony on January 10th.

Take note, doubters – they picked Hugo as their Film Of The Year. I don’t think this Race is set in stone just yet.

Annie Schulhof, NBR President, on Hugo: “It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world.  It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging.”

Anyway, here are the award winners in full: Continue reading