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NBR Chooses 'Slumdog Millionaire' as the Best Film of 2008

Complete List of the National Board of Review's 2008 Winners


NBR Chooses 'Slumdog Millionaire' as the Best Film of 2008

Poster for 'Slumdog Millionaire.'

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Updated February 26, 2014
The 122 members of the National Board of Review (NBR) watched 330 films to come up with their annual list of the best cinematic offerings for the year. After checking out 209 narrative films, 63 documentaries, 53 foreign language films, and 10 animated movies, the NBR named Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle and featuring a breakout performance by big screen newcomer Dev Patel, as 2008's big winner.

2008 NBR Winners

Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Director: David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor: Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Best Actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Foreign Language Film: Mongol
Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Best Animated Feature: Wall-E
Best Ensemble Cast: Doubt
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Viola Davis, Doubt
Best Directorial Debut: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Best Original Screenplay: Nick Schenk, Gran Torino
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire and Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Spotlight Award: Melissa Leo, Frozen River and Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

Top 10 Films of 2008 in Alphabetical Order

Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Gran Torino
The Wrestler

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

The Edge of Heaven
Let the Right One In
Roman De Gare
A Secret
Waltz with Bashir

Top 5 Documentaries

American Teen
The Betrayal
Dear Zachary
Encounters at the End of the World
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Top Independent Films of 2008

Frozen River
In Bruges
In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Mr Foe
Rachel Getting Married
Snow Angels
Son of Rambow
Wendy and Lucy
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Visitor

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