And so it begins.

(Via USA Today) The National Board of Review kicks off the award season with their picks for 2008:

 

Film:Slumdog Millionaire

Director: David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Actor: Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

Actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Supporting actor: Josh Brolin, Milk

Supporting actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Foreign-language film:Mongol

Documentary:Man on Wire

Animated feature:WALL·E

Ensemble cast:Doubt

Breakthrough performance,actor: Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Breakthrough performance, actress: Viola Davis, Doubt

Directorial debut: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River

Original screenplay: Nick Schenk, Gran Torino

Adapted screenplay:Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (tie)

Spotlight award: Melissa Leo, Frozen River, and Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

NBR Freedom of Expression award:Trumbo

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