National Board Of Review Picks Jason Reitman's 'Up In The Air' As Best Film Of The Year

“Up In the Air” is the National Board of Review’s pick for best film of the year.

Jason Reitman’s film stars George Clooney as a perpetually jet-set contractor who fires people for a living. The National Board of Review also chose Clooney as best actor, an honor he shares with Morgan Freeman of “Invictus.”

Long a harbinger of the Academy Awards, the last two winners — “No Country for Old Men” and “Slumdog Millionaire” — have gone on to win best picture at the Oscars.The National Board of Review, which is composed of film historians, students and educators, was founded in 1909. The awards will be handed out Jan. 12 in a New York gala hosted by Meredith Vieira.

Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film: UP IN THE AIR
Best Director: CLINT EASTWOOD, Invictus
Best Actor(s):
GEORGE CLOONEY, Up In The Air
MORGAN FREEMAN, Invictus
Best Actress: CAREY MULLIGAN, An Education
Best Supporting Actor: WOODY HARRELSON, The Messenger
Best Supporting Actress: ANNA KENDRICK, Up In The Air
Best Foreign Language Film: A PROPHET
Best Documentary: THE COVE
Best Animated Feature: UP
Best Ensemble Cast: IT’S COMPLICATED
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: JEREMY RENNER, The Hurt Locker
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: GABOUREY SIDIBE, Precious
Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut:
DUNCAN JONES, Moon
OREN MOVERMAN, The Messenger
MARC WEBB, (500) Days of Summer
Best Original Screenplay: JOEL AND ETHAN COEN, A Serious Man
Best Adapted Screenplay: JASON REITMAN and SHELDON TURNER, Up In The Air
Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: WES ANDERSON, The Fantastic Mr. Fox
William K. Everson Film History Award: JEAN PICKER FIRSTENBERG
NBR Freedom of Expression:
BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY
INVICTUS
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSEBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS

Ten Best Films
(in alphabetical order)

AN EDUCATION

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER

THE HURT LOCKER

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

INVICTUS

THE MESSENGER

A SERIOUS MAN

STAR TREK

UP

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Five Best Foreign-Language Films
(in alphabetical order)

THE MAID

REVANCHE

SONG OF SPARROWS

THREE MONKEYS

THE WHITE RIBBON

Five Best Documentaries
(in alphabetical order)

BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY

CRUDE

FOOD, INC.

GOOD HAIR

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS

Top Ten Independent Films:
(in alphabetical order)

AMREEKA

DISTRICT 9

GOODBYE SOLO

HUMPDAY
IN THE LOOP

JULIA

ME AND ORSON WELLES

MOON

SUGAR

TWO LOVERS