National Board of Review

2003 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013 | 2014

Best Film
….. Mystic River

Top Ten Films
….. Mystic River
….. The Last Samurai
….. The Station Agent
….. 21 Grams
….. House of Sand and Fog
….. Lost in Translation
….. Cold Mountain
….. In America
….. Seabiscuit
….. Master and Commander

Best Foreign Film
….. Barbarian Invasions

Top Five Foreign Films
….. Barbarian Invasions
….. Best of Youth
….. Monsieur Ibrahim
….. Autumn Spring
….. Man on the Train

Top Five Documentaries
….. The Fog of War
….. Capturing the Friedmans
….. My Architect
….. Winged Migration
….. Spellbound

Best Actor
….. Sean Penn, Mystic River and 21 Grams

Best Actress
….. Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give

Best Supporting Actor
….. Alec Baldwin, The Cooler

Best Supporting Actress
….. Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April and The Station Agent

Best Acting by an Ensemble
….. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Breakthrough Performance Actor
….. Paul Giamatti, American Splendor

Breakthrough Performance Actress
….. Charlize Theron, Monster

Best Director
….. Edward Zwick, The Last Samurai

Best Directorial Debut
Vadim Perelman, House of Sand and Fog

Best Adapted Screenplay
Cold Mountain, Anthony Minghella

Best Original Screenplay
In America, Jim Sheridan, Naomi & Kirsten Sheridan

Best Documentary
….. The Fog of War

Best Animated Feature
….. Finding Nemo

Best Film or Mini-Series Made for Cable TV
….. Angels in America

Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing
….. Norman Jewison

Career Achievement – Film Music Composition
….. Hans Zimmer

Career Achievement – Cinematography
….. John Toll

William K. Everson Award for Film History
….. Richard LaGravanese and Ted Demme for A Decade Under the Influence

Producer’s Award
….. Gale Anne Hurd, Kathleen Kennedy, and Christine Vachon

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

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My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

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~ David Simon