Eastwood’s Japanese Iwo Jima Movie Tops At NBR

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The National Board of Review has selected Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood’s Japanese-language film, as the best of the year. Martin Scorese nabbed best director honors for The Departed.

FBLA’s new pal, Tom O’Neil explains the most surprising (yet delightful) win:

Proof That Irony Isn’t Really Dead in a Post-9/11 World, At Least Not in Hollywood: the victory of “For Your Consideration” star Catherine O’Hara in the supporting race is delicious because it recognizes her role as an insecure actress who suddenly becomes Oscar greedy when she hears that there’s some minor chatter on the Internet that she might be nominated.


Forest Whitaker was selected as best actor in his role as Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland. For best actress they named Helen Mirren for her performance as Elizabeth II in The Queen.

Variety has the full line-up here.

FBLA wonders how this whole language thing works–Mel’s directing in Mayan, Clint’s working in Japanese, and Pedro Almodovar’s film is in the foreign language category even though millions of people here in Hollywood don’t find speaking Spanish very foreign.