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Old 12-03-03, 06:50 PM
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'Mystic River' scores first best picture award of the season...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Mystic River" was named best film of 2003 and its star Sean Penn (news) was named best actor by The National Board of Review (news - web sites) on Wednesday in a possible indicator of what to expect in the race for Academy Awards (news - web sites).


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Diane Keaton (news) won best actress for her role in Sony Pictures Entertainment's comedy "Something's Gotta Give."


The top 10 films named by the board were: "Mystic River," "The Last Samurai," "The Station Agent," "21 Grams," "House of Sand and Fog," "Lost in Translation," "Cold Mountain," "In America," "Seabiscuit," and "Master and Commander."


Penn won best actor for his work in both Warner Bros.' "Mystic River," and Focus Features' "21 Grams."


Alec Baldwin (news) was named best supporting actor for "The Cooler," while Patricia Clarkson took supporting actress honors for "Pieces of April," and "The Station Agent."


The award for best director went to Edward Zwick (news) for "The Last Samurai," to be released by Warner Bros. this week.


Best foreign film was "Barbarian Invasions," a Canada/France production made in French.


Voting for the awards were about 150 members of a screening committee along with a 12-member awards panel.


"Every year we are the first to announce our awards, and we vote for the ones we like," said board spokeswoman Megan Henry Pilla. "We often hear actors that go on to win Academy Awards tell us 'because you recognized us early, it helped push our campaign for the Oscars (news - web sites)."'


More often than not, however, the board's choices do not mirror the Academy Awards, scheduled for Feb. 29.


The board, however, is proud of their independent spirit.


"We picked 'Citizen Kane,' and the Oscars ignored it," said Pilla of Orson Welles (news)' cinematic masterpiece, which won an Oscar for best screenplay in 1941 but otherwise came up empty.


Last year the board agreed with the Oscars on only the best supporting actor category among major awards in honoring Chris Cooper (news) for "Adaptation." Two years ago they again only agreed on best supporting actor Jim Broadbent (news) for "Iris."


The National Board of Review will mark its 95th year as a nonprofit organization in January. Its membership includes film professionals, educators, students and historians.


Warner Bros. Pictures is a unit of Time Warner Inc . Focus Features is the specialty label of Universal Pictures, which is owned by Vivendi Universal_.
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Just the first of many Best Picture awards Mystic River is going to win.
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Damn I thought Baldwin would get the award for Cat in the Hat.
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Wow can't wait to see Somethings Gotta Give.
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Originally posted by Supreme Sean
Just the first of many Best Picture awards Mystic River is going to win.
Until more people get a chance to see The Return of the King.
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Mystic River is now in the ranks of The Hours and Moulin Rouge!, that just made me want to see it a whole lot less...

Kind of surprised about Something's Got to Give, could it actually be good?
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Originally posted by RichC2
Mystic River is now in the ranks of The Hours and Moulin Rouge!, that just made me want to see it a whole lot less...
Mystic River is much MUCH better than those two flicks, trust me
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Originally posted by Pauly
Mystic River is much MUCH better than those two flicks, trust me
indeed! and look it's another Vermonter! Now there are like 8 of us on DVDtalk! WOOT!
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Originally posted by Pauly
Until more people get a chance to see The Return of the King.
I kinda think those who picked Mystic River for this award probably had also already seen Return of the King (since it did win one award from them.) So this is hardly a case where somebody didn't get a chance to see Return of the King before voting. Given that it comes out in less than two weeks, I would imagine many critics have already seen it.

*gasp* Can it possibly be that they just liked Mystic River better? I haven't seen ROTK yet, but Mystic River was damn good. Will ROTK be better? Only those who have actually SEEN the film can judge for themselves.
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Originally posted by Pauly
Until more people get a chance to see The Return of the King.
Or maybe Mystic River is just better.

Not surprising since the first two Lord of the Rings were glorified children's movies with big special effects.
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Originally posted by Supreme Sean
Just the first of many Best Picture awards Mystic River is going to win.
Or until they see The Last Samurai, Master & Commander, Return of the King, Cold Mountain...I could go on.
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lesterlong - they've already seen Last Samurai, it was their #2 flick, Return of the King won best ensemble (they saw that too), Cold Mountain was #7 of the year and Master and Commander was #10.

The previous 2 Lord of the Ring movies were pretty much neglected by the National Board of Review as well, they like their feet planted squarely in reality, Short people with hairy feet are just too far fetched for them.

And again, they named Moulin Rouge!, one of the worst musicals to date, best movie a couple years back. They mean very little to nothing to me for that alone.
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National Board of People Who Aren't Reviewers But Pay a Membership Fee to See Films

The board is frequently confused with being a critics’ group itself, but it’s really a salon-styled film-appreciation society made up of sophisticated film fans living in New York City. “Everyone is involved in film or the arts in some way,” insists executive director Lois Ballon, “and what we all share in common is a passionate love of movies.” Winners are chosen by combining the full votes of the 13 members who sit on the Exceptional Photoplay Committee and fractional votes from 90 additional judges who belong to adjunct screening panels. None of the voters’ names is made public.

Interesting behind the scenes article on the NBR:

www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,40485,00.html

"Goldstein says the voting members of the group represent maybe 20 percent of the eventual decision about who wins what category. She agrees that Ballon et al pick winners based on who they think will come to the annual dinner. "It's ridiculous and meaningless," said Goldstein, who has long been a television producer and is a past president of the New York Television Academy. "

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hahah, I'll go.
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The NBR is a joke, and the industry knows it. The reason that stars and publicists give into their demands is so they can start running 'awards' copy in their advertising before anyone else. The award for Mystic River and the other films on the list may accurately predict some nominees, but rarely does it accurately predict winners.
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The NBR awards mean nothing when it comes to the Oscar race. They are basically considered a joke in Hollywood, though a lot of industry bigwigs play them for all the publicity they're worth.

By the way, NBR also polls its voters on which movies they would have liked to have seen or should have seen before casting their votes, but didn't have a chance to do so. ROTK was #1.

And both Moulin Rouge and The Hours are better than Mystic River IMO, though that's not saying much.

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