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'Her' named Best Film by National Board of Review

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Spike Jonze’s Her, which tells the story of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer’s operating system, was named Best Film of 2013 by the National Board of Review. Jonze was also honored as Best Director, giving a boost to that film’s Oscar prospects. Nebraska and Fruitvale Station were also generously recognized, with Bruce Dern and Will Forte winning the actor awards, and Fruitvale‘s Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress), Michael B. Jordan (Breakthough Performance), and director Ryan Coogler (Best Directorial Debut) also winning praise.

Emma Thompson was named Best Actress for her performance in Saving Mr. Banks, while the Coen brothers won Best Original Screenplay for writing Inside Llewyn Davis.

Gravity and 12 Years a Slave didn’t win any major awards — Gravity was recognized with a Creative Innovation prize — but both films were included in the Board’s top-10 list (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.

American Hustle, on the other hand, which was honored yesterday by the New York Film Critics Circle, was completely blanked. David O. Russell’s star-studded 1970s-set drama need not despair just yet. The NBR has only correctly picked the Oscar-winner for Best Picture twice in the last 13 years  — the last time was 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. But for the past 12 years, their Best Film honorees have always been nominated for the Academy Award.

Below is a full list of the awards :

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

This year’s ceremony will take place on Jan. 7 in New York City.