The National Board of Review handed out their awards last night with David Fincher's The Social Network taking the most prizes including Film, Director, Actor and Screenplay. But the most interesting aspect of the awards is what is missing.
Not only was Danny Boyle'sÂ 127 Hours, Daron Aronofsky'sÂ Black Swan, and Lisa Cholodenko'sÂ The Kids Are All Right missing actual awards but they're also missing completely from the categories themselves.Â Hereafter andÂ The Town somehow landed themselves under the Top Eleven Films, the latter actually being one of the most conventional films of the year. SomehowÂ Buried landed itself in both the Top Ten Independent Films list and won the Best Original Screenplay when Nicole Holofcener'sÂ Please Give should have been the winner of the latter.
The expected winners included The King's Speech, The Toy Story 3, and Winter's Bone in the Top Eleven Films category and it was great to see a few big-budget blockbusters trickled in - Inception and Shutter Island both landed themselves in the list.
Let Me In, the incredible remake of the Swedish horror film Let the Right One In was listed under the Top Ten Independent Films along with other deserving mentions like Monsters and Please Give.