‘Up in the Air’ is NBR’s Best Film

And so the awards season has begun!  To no big surprise, ‘Up in the Air‘ has taken the lead this early December as an extremely strong Best Picture contender, snagging the National Board of Review Best Film of 2009.  Written and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno) and starring George Clooney, this film has a lot of momentum going into its limited opening weekend.

The rest of the Best 10 films of the year in alphabetical include:
– 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

I admit, I’m a bit surprise at a few of the Top 10 such as Star Trek, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Messenger.  Picking those films over movies like: Precious, Nine, Avatar, and The Lovely Bones… well I’m not sure what that’s quite saying about the snubbed films.  Since most of them haven’t been released to the public yet, I guess I’ll just have to wait.

As for the other awards, Best Actor went to George Clooney (Up in the Air) and Morgan Freeman (Invictus).  This is going to be a head-to-head race up to when they open the envelope in March.
Best Actress went to Carey Mulligan (An Education).  Supporting Actor went to Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) and Supporting Actress went to Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air).

All we can take from this is that Up in the Air is a force to be reckon with.  On top of it receiving raving reviews, critics are predicting it will be a hit with the public as well.  Isn’t that what the Academy wants?


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