The National Board of Review (NBR) handed out its awards for 2009 and Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air (which is opening in limited release today) took top honors. NBR is a mysterious group. Some film people, some folks not in the business at all. Here’s how the Hollywood Reporter describes the group: “Voted by the 108-member organization, composed of film enthusiasts and academics, the NBR Awards are an imprecise indicator of eventual Oscar-worthiness.”
As for the other winners: Carey Mulligan was named best actress for An Education and Anna Kendrick was named best supporting actress for Up in the Air. (Both are about 23) Gabourey Sidibe got an “Breakthrough” award for Precious.
The list of the top ten included two women directed films, An Education (Lone Scherfig) and The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow.)
The group also made a list of their top 10 indie films and included on that were: Amreeka (Cherien Dabis) Humpday (Lynn Shelton) and Sugar (co-directed by Anna Boden.)
Up in the Air Wins NBR Best Picture (Hollywood Reporter)