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National Board of Review Names 'Iwo Jima' Best Film

by Steven Zeitchik


'Letters from Iwo Jima'

NEW YORK CITY, New York -- Clint Eastwood's Japanese-language picture from Warners, "Letters from Iwo Jima," has been named Picture of the Year by the National Board of Review, the year's first major kudos. Warners also took home a prize when Martin Scorsese nabbed Best Director for "The Departed." The picture also scored a win in the Ensemble Cast category.

Royalty reigned in the best thespian categories as Forest Whitaker landed the prize for Actor for his performance as Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" and Helen Mirren nabbed Actress kudos for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Miramax's "The Queen."

Djimon Hounso of "Blood Diamond" and Catherine O'Hara from "For Your Consideration" were the surprise winners in the Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress categories. Ryan Gosling won for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor and Jennifer Hudson and Rinko Kikuchi shared the nod for Breakthrough Actress.

'Letters,' the Japanese corollary to Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers," bested nine other films selected by the NBR as the top ten films of the year, including 'Fathers' itself. They are: "Babel," "Blood Diamond," The Departed," The Devil Wears Prada," Flags of Our Fathers," "The History Boys," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Notes on a Scandal" and "The Painted Veil."

Pedro Almodovar's woman-centric, "Volver," won the prize for Foreign Film. Al Gore's environmental warning, "An Inconvenient Truth," won Documentary while Pixar's "Cars" nabbed the prize for Animated Feature. Zach Helm won in the Original Screenplay category for "Stranger than Fiction" and Ron Nyswaner in the Adapted Screenplay category with "The Painted Veil."

Other winners include Career Awards for the National Board of Review, held in early January in New York City, will go to Eli Wallach, Jonathan Demme, Irwin Winkler and Donald Krim. "Water" and "World Trade Center" will win The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression.

The 2006 National Board of Review Awards will be presented with BVLGARI at the annual gala on January 9, 2007 at Cipriani's 42nd St in New York City. The awards were voted on by 120 film professionals who viewed more than 250 movies and can be an indicator of what to expect for the world's top film honors, the Academy Awards, held in February.

The top 10 films from the National Board of Review:

  1. "Letters From Iwo Jima"
  2. "Babel"
  3. "Blood Diamond"
  4. "The Departed"
  5. "The Devil Wears Prada"
  6. "Flags Of Our Fathers"
  7. "The History Boys"
  8. "Little Miss Sunshine"
  9. "Notes on a Scandal"
  10. "The Painted Veil"
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National Board of Review Awards

Best Film
"Letters From Iwo Jima"

Top Ten Films
11. "Letters From Iwo Jima"
(Listed In Alphabetical Order)
12. "Babel"
13. "Blood Diamond"
14. "The Departed"
15. "The Devil Wears Prada"
16. "Flags Of Our Fathers"
17. "The History Boys"
18. "Little Miss Sunshine"
19. "Notes On A Scandal"
10. "The Painted Veil"

Best Foreign Language Film

Top Foreign Films
1. "Volver"
(Listed In Alphabetical Order)
2. "Curse Of The Golden Flower"
3. "Days Of Glory"
4. "Pan's Labyrinth"
5. "Water"

Best Documentary
"An Inconvenient Truth"

Top Documentary Films
1. "An Inconvenient Truth"
(Listed In Alphabetical Order)
2. "51 Birch Street"
3. "Iraq In Fragments"
4. "Shut Up & Sing"
5. "Wordplay"

Top Independent Films
(Listed In Alphabetical Order)
11. "Akeelah And The Bee"
12. "Bobby"
13. "Catch A Fire"
14. "Copying Beethoven"
15. "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints"
16. "Half Nelson"
17. "The Illusionist"
18. "Lonesome Jim"
19. "Sherrybaby"
10. "10 Items Or Less"
11. "Thank You For Smoking"

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker
"The Last King Of Scotland"

Best Actress
Helen Mirren
"The Queen"

Best Supporting Actor
Djimon Hounsou
"Blood Diamond"

Best Supporting Actress
Catherine O'Hara
"For Your Consideration"

Best Acting By An Ensemble
"The Departed"
Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Jack Nicholson
Mark Wahlberg
Martin Sheen
Ray Winstone
Vera Farmiga
Anthony Anderson
Alec Baldwin
Kevin Corrigan

Breakthrough Performance Actor
Ryan Gosling
"Half Nelson"

Breakthrough Performance Actress
Jennifer Hudson


Rinko Kikuchi

Best Director
Martin Scorsese
"The Departed"

Best Directorial Debut
Jason Reitman
"Thank You For Smoking"

Best Adapted Screenplay
Ron Nyswaner
"The Painted Veil"

Best Original Screenplay
Zach Helm
"Stranger Than Fiction"

Best Animated Feature
Pixar's "Cars"

Career Achievement Award
Eli Wallach

Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing
Jonathan Demme

Career Achievement in Producing
Irwin Winkler

William K. Everson Award for Film History
Donald Krim

The Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression
"Water" and "World Trade Center"
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