her-joaquin-phoenix-02-600-370The National Board of Review came through today and put some great highlights on some terrific films and performances from the year.  Very shockingly, but completely warranted, Spike Jonze’s Her won Best Film along with Best Director.  Only two films in my lifetime have been cited by NBR and have missed Best Picture for the Oscars.  Did the Joaquin Phoenix film just land itself in the race?  I think it may have.

The folks over at Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures must be glowing this morning.  Bruce Dern of Alexander Payne’s Nebraska won the Best Actor prize while Emma Thompson won Best Actress for her portrayal as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks.  Dern’s co-star Will Forte won Best Supporting Actor while the beautiful Octavia Spencer landed herself back in the Oscar race winning Best Supporting Actress as the grief-stricken mother in Fruitvale Station.  Paramount’s other Oscar hopeful The Wolf of Wall Street won the Adapted Screenplay prize with The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis winning Original Screenplay.

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises added another trophy to its mantle winning Animated Feature while Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell repeated yesterday’s NYFCC win with Best Documentary.  The Top Ten named films was a very interesting selection of films.

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  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Lone Survivor
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Ommitted from the lineup was Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips which went ignored today along with Lee Daniels’ The Butler and August: Osage County, both Weinstein films.  Also ignored today was Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost.  Big miss was David O. Russell’s American Hustle which just won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Picture, Screenplay, and Supporting Actress.

Check out the full list of winner below and Oscar Predictions will be updated throughout the evening to reflect the past two days.  Also, don’t forget to join our Fantasy Awards League.  Lots of points up for the grabbing.

Best Film:  HER

Best Director: Spike Jonze, HER

Best Actor: Bruce Dern, NEBRASKA

Best Actress: Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS

Best Supporting Actor: Will Forte, NEBRASKA

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, FRUITVALE STATION

Best Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Best Adapted Screenplay: Terence Winter, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Best Animated Feature: THE WIND RISES

Breakthrough Performance: Michael B. Jordan, FRUITVALE STATION
Breakthrough Performance: Adele Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Best Directorial Debut: Ryan Coogler, FRUITVALE STATION

Best Foreign Language Film:  THE PAST

Best Documentary: STORIES WE TELL

William K. Everson Film History Award: George Stevens, Jr.

Best Ensemble:  PRISONERS

Spotlight Award: Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: WADJDA

Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award: GRAVITY

Top Films
(in alphabetical order)

12 YEARS A SLAVE
FRUITVALE STATION
GRAVITY
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
LONE SURVIVOR
NEBRASKA
PRISONERS
SAVING MR. BANKS
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)

BEYOND THE HILLS
GLORIA
THE GRANDMASTER
A HIJACKING
THE HUNT

Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)

20 FEET FROM STARDOM
THE ACT OF KILLING
AFTER TILLER
CASTING BY
THE SQUARE

Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
IN A WORLD…
MOTHER OF GEORGE
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
MUD
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
SHORT TERM 12
SIGHTSEERS
THE SPECTACULAR NOW

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of AwardsCircuit.com. He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.