Wednesday, December 06, 2006
NBR Winners: Iwo Jima, Mirren, Whitaker
So, Letters from Iwo Jima deserves a spot at the critics table this year with it's National Board of Review honor as Best Film.
This film has been under the radar a little bit with it's unknown release date, but now that it is officially a 2006 film, it looks like a film to watch out for.
I accuratly guessed Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker as the winners for Best Actress and Actor.
But the supporting actor win of Djimond Hounsou for the Blood Diamond is a pleasant shock, and Catherine O'Hare's performance in "For Your Consideration" got noticed.
Martin Scorcese won best director for The Departed, Volver won best foreign film, An Inconvinient Truth won best documentary, and Cars won best animated film. (the complete list can be found here).
Some interesting films made the National Board of Review top 10. In addition to Letters from Iwo Jima, the other films were Babel, Blood Diamond, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, Flags of Our Fathers, The History Boys, Little Miss Sunshine, Notes on a Scandal, and the Painted Veil.
I was suprised that The Queen did not make this list, nor did Little Children, The Good Shepherd, or The Good German.
Probably more than anything, this cements in my mind that Letters from Iwo Jima has great award potential, that the Departed will get a nomination for Best Picture, and the acting races are still completly up in the air, except for a few key lead performances that are almost for-sure nominations.
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