This awards season has been incredibly unpredictable so far. Although early momentum this year went to 12 Years a Slave, it seems that now no film has the momentum. David O’Russell’s American Hustle took top honors at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, but now Spike Jonze’s Her has won the National Board of Review award for Best Film.
Jonze’s film has been highly reviewed and consistently building buzz throughout the year, but its never been seen as a huge contender for the Oscars until recently. This win bodes well for the film seeing as every film that has won this award since 2001 was nominated for Best Picture, however it rarely won.
Other winners whose campaign’s were bolstered by these awards are Bruce Dern for his lead turn in Nebraska, Octavia Spencer for her supporting performance in Fruitvale Station, and Emma Thompson for her lead role in Saving Mr. Banks.
Full List of Winners
Best Film: Her
Top Ten Films (alphabetical):
12 Years a Slave
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Wolf of Wall Street
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 Ensemble: Prisoners
Best Animated Film: The Wind Rises
Best Foreign Language Film: The Past
Best Documentary: Stories we Tell
Breakthrough Performances: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color and Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Debut Director: Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
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