The National Board of Review (NBR) Awards are significant in being the first of the major critics' awards to be handed out over the next few months. They are often a bellwether for the year's Academy Award-nominated selections. This year the NBR screened over 330 films, including 209 narratives, 63 documentaries, 53 foreign language films, and 10 animated films.

"2008 was a very special year for film with diverse and wonderful storytelling and we are proud to honor these achievements. Several of the films from our Top 10 list, along with our Best Film of the Year, share the universal message about the resilience and the strength of the human spirit. Slumdog Millionaire, with brilliant direction by Danny Boyle and incredible performances, shares a passionate story about one man's courage and determination for the woman he loves," said NBR President Annie Schulhof. "The NBR is so thrilled to launch our Centennial celebration with a gala hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. We are looking forward to celebrating with all our honorees."

The annual awards gala will be held on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.



Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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