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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM

“Up in the Air” tops NBR awards

Even though few are entirely certain what the National Board of Review is, exactly (they are, according to their website, a nonprofit group made up of “knowledgeable film enthusiasts, academics, film professionals and students”), they’re famous for always being the first group out of the gate for awards season. And here they are, on December 3, boldly announcing that the best film of the year is “Up in the Air.” The directing award went to Clint Eastwood for “Invictus.” Acting honors went to Morgan Freeman (“Invictus”) and George Clooney (“Up in the Air”) in a tie for lead actor, Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) for lead actress, Woody Harrelson (“The Messenger”) for supporting actor and Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air”) supporting actress. Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) received breakthrough awards for their performances.
And here’s their top ten, after “Up in the Air,” in alphabetical order: “(500) Days of Summer,” “An Education,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Invictus,” “The Messenger,” “A Serious Man,” “Star Trek,” “Up,” “Where the Wild Things Are.” Hmm. Me, I’d swap “Bright Star” for “Where the Wild Things Are,” for one. What do you think of the NBR’s list? Your favorite omission?

Award winners Anna Kendrick and George Clooney, a study in navy, in “Up in the Air.” (Photo credit: Dale Robinette, courtesy Paramount Pictures)

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