Spike Jonze's Her Named Best Picture By National Board Of Review

By Sean O'Connell 2013-12-04 12:12:02discussion comments
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Spike Jonze’s Her has become the latest film you haven’t yet seen to be named the Best Picture of 2013.

The day after the New York Film Critics Circle selected David O. Russell’s American Hustle as the year’s best film, the National Board of Review bestowed its annual award on Her, a sweetly strange and hauntingly romantic sci-fi drama about a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his intuitive operating system (voiced seductively by Scarlett Johansson). Jonze also won Best Director in the NBR’s tally, while top acting awards went to Bruce Dern (for Nebraska) and Emma Thompson (for Saving Mr. Banks).

Annie Schulhof, NBR President, said of the selection:
Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today. In Her, he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way. It is an outstanding achievement that is sure to become a new classic."

Having been lucky enough to see Her, I can tell you that it certainly is one of the best movies of 2013. But it does continue this very strange trend of year-end critic lists singling out movies no one has seen! That can be frustrating. Does this happen because the voting members of the different groups saw movies like Hustle and Her recently? Are films like Gravity, 12 Years a Slave or Captain Phillips suffering because they came out too early? That’s silly … but seems like a concern at the moment.

The critical groups will march on. For now, here are the full results of the NBR’s voting, via Deadline:

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

Top Films (in alphabetical order)

12 Years a Slave

Fruitvale Station

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Lone Survivor

Nebraska

Prisoners

Saving Mr. Banks

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Wolf of Wall Street


Top 5 Foreign Language Films (In Alphabetical Order)

Beyond the Hills

Gloria

The Grandmaster

A Hijacking

The Hunt


Top 5 Documentaries (In Alphabetical Order)

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

After Tiller

Casting By

The Square


Top 10 Independent Films (In Alphabetical Order)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Dallas Buyers Club

In a World…

Mother of George

Much Ado About Nothing

Mud

The Place Beyond the Pines

Short Term 12

Sightseers

The Spectacular Now



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