While different folks have their own dates for when awards season has officially “begun”, I set it at the date the National Board of Review announces their picks for the year. In two of the past three years, the NBR’s pick for Best Picture has gone on to win the Oscar. However, last year’s NBR winner, Up in the Air, went home empty-handed.
This year, the NBR has given the top prize to The Social Network. The film also picked up the prizes for Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Actor). Other winners included Lesley Manville getting Best Actress for Another Year, Christian Bale winning Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, and Jacki Weaver receiving Best Supporting Actress for Animal Kingdom. Hit the jump for the full list of awards, including the National Board of Review’s Top 11 films, Top 10 Independent Films, Top 6 Foreign Films, and Top 6 Documentaries.