Saturday, November 29, 2008

Predict the NBR Awards

Awards Daily is having an in house contest to predict the winners of the notoriously unpredictable (and unimaginative) National Board of Review.

Their only claim to fame is being first out of the gate every year, but these people aren't critics or industry insiders, just wealthy film buffs who are easily swayed by swag.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road

And, being first, there are no precursors, to help, just history.

They always release a top ten and a best picture, and I'm thinking they will give Best Picture to either Revolutionary Road, The Reader, or Frost/Nixon.

Previous winners include:

2007 - No Country for Old Men
2006 - Letters from Iwo Jima
2005 - Good Night, and Good Luck
2004 - Finding Neverland
2003 - Mystic River
2002 - The Hours
2001 - Moulin Rouge

The directors of four of those films have films in the running this year, and they've always had a thing for Edward Zwick, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Defiance on the top ten list. That's actually not a bad list of winners, their top tens are where they get weird, including films like The Bucket List and The Devil Wears Prada.

It is also important to note that every single one of those films has gone on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, but only one has won (No Country for Old Men). And they LOVE Clint Eastwood so I have a feeling Gran Torino and/or Changeling will be on there somewhere.

The NBR will announce their awards on Wednesday, December 3.

Click on over to Awards Daily and see what the commenters are saying over there.

1 comment:

Sam Juliano said...

I love your apt description of those geeks that vote for this award. It wouldn't surprise me if AUSTRALIA won, but I doubt they'd tarnish themselves that severely.