'Her' Named Best Film by National Board of Review
The National Board of Review on Wednesday revealed its awards for 2013, naming Spike Jonze's Her the Best Film of the Year. Jonze also earned Best Director honors for his work helming the Warner Bros. movie about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with a computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).
"Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today,” Annie Schulhof, NBR president, said in a statement. “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."
Bruce Dern was named best actor for his work in Nebraska, with Emma Thompson taking the Best Actress prize for her role in Saving Mr. Banks. Dern's Nebraska co-star Will Forte earned Best Supporting Actor honors, with Fruitvale Station's Octavia Spencer taking the Best Supporting Actress award. The Coen brothers won Best Original Screenplay for Inside Llewyn Davis, with The Wolf of Wall Street taking Best Adapted Screenplay honors, its first major award of the season.
Fruitvale Station won two other awards: Breakthrough Performance (Michael B. Jordan) and Best Directorial Debut (Ryan Coogler).
Although American Hustle was a two-time winner of yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the film was shut out by NBR, not even making its list of top films. Heavily favored 12 Years a Slave also was shut out but was named one of the organization's top films. Another favorite among Oscar pundits, Gravity, was honored only with the Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award, but it too was named one of NBR's top films.
The awards will be presented at a Jan. 7 gala in New York to be hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Lara Spencer.
A full list of winners follows.
Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
(in alphabetical order)