National Board of Review honors The Hours, Talk to Her, and The Laramie Project

The National Board of Review—traditionally, the first organization to present awards to the year's films—announced its 2002 winners on Wednesday, with The Hours, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by out writer Michael Cunningham, selected as Best Film. Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her was named Best Foreign Film, and Moisés Kaufman's The Laramie Project, about the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard, was honored as Best Film Made for Cable TV. Julianne Moore was selected Best Actress for her role as a suburban housewife facing her husband's homosexuality in Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and openly gay filmmaker Rob Marshall was cited for Best Directorial Debut for Chicago. Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on January 14.

Here is the complete list of NBR honorees:

Top 10 Films of 2002: The Hours (Best Film), Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Quiet American, Adaptation, Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Pianist, Far From Heaven, 13 Conversations About One Thing, Frida

Top Five Foreign Films of 2002: Talk to Her (Best Foreign Film), Y Tu Mamá También, 8 Women, City of God, El Crimen del Padre Amaro

Best Actor: Campbell Scott, Roger Dodger

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven

Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper, Adaptation

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, About Schmidt

Best Acting by an Ensemble: Nicholas Nickleby

Breakthrough Performance, Actor: Derek Luke, Antwone Fisher

Breakthrough Performance, Actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Secretary

Best Director: Phillip Noyce, The Quiet American and Rabbit-Proof Fence

Best Directorial Debut: Rob Marshall, Chicago

Screenwriter of the Year: Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Human Nature

Best Documentary: Bowling for Columbine

Best Animated Feature: Spirited Away

Best Film Made for Cable TV: The Laramie Project

Special Award for Visionary Cinematic Achievement: George Lucas

Career Achievement: Christopher Plummer

Special Filmmaking Achievement: George Clooney, director, producer, and star of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Career Achievement--Film Music Composition: Elmer Bernstein

Career Achievement--Cinematography: Conrad Hall

Humanitarian Award: Sheila Nevins

William K. Everson Award for Film History: Annette Insdorf for her book Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust

Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression: Ararat, Bloody Sunday, The Grey Zone, and Rabbit-Proof Fence

Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking: Frailty, The Good Girl, The Guys, Heaven, Igby Goes Down, Max, Personal Velocity, Real Women Have Curves, Roger Dodger, Sunshine State, Tadpole, and Tully

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