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National Board of Review Best of 2013 Is Out: 'Her' Wins Best Film (UPDATED)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 4, 2013 at 1:41PM

Spike Jonze's tech-romance "Her" leads the top ten list of the National Board of Review, whose thunder was stolen this year by the New York Film Critics Circle vote Tuesday. Jonze also won best director. While the NYFCC gave Robert Redford its Best Actor prize, the NBR went with another 77-year-old, Bruce Dern, star of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," as well as his co-star Will Forte in supporting.
Saving Mr. Banks

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”


“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Lone Survivor”



“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”


“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”


“The Place Beyond the Pines”

“Short Term 12″


“The Spectacular Now”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.