The National Board of Review have announced the winners of the 2013 awards. Spike Jonze's "Her," the story of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer's operating system, has been named Best Film of 2013, with Jonze winning Best Director.
"Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today," said Annie Schulhof, NBR President. "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."
The news comes a day after The New York Film Critics Circle named David O. Russell's "American Hustle" the best film of 2013. Once again, "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" were largely shut out of the top awards (although "Gravity" won the Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award" and the Coen Brothers won Best Original Screenplay). Interestingly, "American Hustle" and its star-studded cast didn't get any recognition from the NBR, which didn't even include the film in its top films of the year.
Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," which also won the NYFCC, was named Best Animated Feature and Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," was both the NYFCC and NBR's pick for Best Documentary. 77-year-old, Bruce Dern, star of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," won for Best Actor, while his co-star Will Forte was named Best Supporting Actor. Emma Thompson won for Best Actress for her role in "Saving Mr. Banks," while Octavia Spencer was recognized for her supporting role in "Fruitvale Station." That film's director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan received awards for Best Directorial Debut and Breakthrough Performance, respectively. Adele Exarchopolous also received the Breakthrough Performance award for "Blue is the Warmest Color," although the Best Foreign Film award went to Asghar Farhadi's "The Past."
The full list of awards follows:
Best Film: HER
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 Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES
Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION
Best Foreign Language Film: THE PAST
Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL
William K. Everson Film History Award: George Stevens, Jr.
Best Ensemble: PRISONERS
Spotlight Award: Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: WADJDA
Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award: GRAVITY
(in alphabetical order)
"12 Years a Slave," "Fruitvale Station," "Gravity," Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lone Survivor," "Nebraska," "Prisoners," "Saving Mr. Banks," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Top 5 Foreign Language Films (In Alphabetical Order)
"Beyond the Hills," "Gloria," "The Grandmaster," "A Hijacking," "The Hunt"
Top 5 Documentaries (In Alphabetical Order)
"20 Feet from Stardom," "The Act of Killing," "After Tiller," "Casting By," "The Square"
Top 10 Independent Films (In Alphabetical Order)
"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints," "Dallas Buyers Club," "In a World…," "Mother of George," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Mud," "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Short Term 12," "Sightseers," "The Spectacular Now"