• Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep

    2008 Best Ensemble - Doubt

  • Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood

    2008 Best Actor - Gran Torino

  • Regis Philbin, Danny Boyle

    Regis Philbin, Danny Boyle

  • Edward Norton

    Edward Norton

  • Viola Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Viola Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    2008 Best Ensemble - Doubt

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    Whoopi Goldberg

    2008 Master of Ceremonies

  • Peter Askin

    Peter Askin

  • Ambassador Enkhtsetseg Ochir

    Ambassador Enkhtsetseg Ochir

    Presenter; 2008 Best Foreign-Language Film for Mongol - Sergei Bodrov

  • Guy, Andrew Stanton

    Guy, Andrew Stanton

    2008 Best Animated Feature - Wall-E

  • Viola Davis

    Viola Davis

    2008 Breakthrough Performance by an Actress - Doubt

  • Diane Lane

    Diane Lane

  • Melissa Leo

    Melissa Leo

    2008 Spotlight Award - Frozen River

  • Amy Adams

    Amy Adams

  • Salma Hayek

    Salma Hayek

  • Christian Colson, Dev Patel

    Christian Colson, Dev Patel

    2008 Best Film - Slumdog Millionaire; 2008 Breakthrough Performance by an Actor, Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire

  • Heather Graham

    Heather Graham

  • Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway

    2008 Best Actress - Rachel Getting Married

  • Diane Lane, Josh Brolin

    Diane Lane, Josh Brolin

    2008 Best Supporting Actor - Milk

  • Alec Baldwin

    Alec Baldwin

  • Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts

    Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts

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A select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students, the National Board of Review viewed over 250 films in 2009 including studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary selections.

These screenings were frequently followed by in-depth discussions with filmmakers, directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.

The National Board of Review, celebrating its 100th year, named Slumdog Millionaire the 2008 Best Film of the Year.  Directed by Danny Boyle, this inspirational drama reflects back on the tumultuous life of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) while competing to win 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The film was released by Fox Searchlight.

“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.

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Slumdog Millionaire...shares a passionate story about one man's courage and determination

– Annie Schulhof, NBR President