NBR, Artforum, More

The National Board of Review, which, Wikipedia tells us, "was the first group to choose the ten best English-language movies of the year and the best foreign films" in 1929, "and is still the first critical body to announce its annual awards," is giving a bit of a boost to David Fincher's The Social Network this year. It's the NBR's choice for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Peter Knegt has all the winners at indieWIRE as well as the NBR's alphabetical lists of its Top Eleven Films, Top Ten Independent Films, Top Six Foreign Films and Top Six Documentary Films.

Of the "Best Films of 2010" lists in the new issue of Artforum, John Waters and Mark Webber's are online. Waters's "favorite movie of the year" is Patric Chiha's Domain: "A forty-year-old alcoholic aunt (played by Béatrice DalleBetty Blue herself!) and her gayish teenage nephew form a perversely close relationship by taking walks together. Lots of walks! So many walks you'll be left breathless by the sheer elegance of this astonishing little workout." To top his list, Webber goes for Duncan Campbell's Make it new John: "Seamlessly blending archival footage with newly scripted material, Campbell pushes documentary form in his study of John DeLorean's ill-fated foray into Northern Ireland and the effect his fall from grace had on the local workforce." Also in this issue, by the way: J Hoberman on Norman Rockwell.

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw has drawn up "an Oscar-style nomination list, which, in keeping with the new AMPAS directive about the best film list, has 10 nominations in each category: best film, best director, best documentary, best actor, best supporting actor, best actress and best supporting actress." He'll be picking winners before Christmas, but for now, it's a plausible first draft of a review of the year in UK releases.

The New Statesman and TLS have asked several Names from the literary world to write a few words about what they deem to be the best books of the year. The New York Times Book Review has posted its top ten and The Millions "has reached out to some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date."

Listening. Sample selections from the best albums of 2010, as listed by Gorilla vs Bear.

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  • Joe Bowman

    John Waters never disappoints with his annotations.

  • Michael Hawley

    Waters saw DOMAIN at the San Francisco International Film Festival. No one knew he was in the audience until the Q&A, when everyone turned around upon recognizing ‘that voice.’ A terrific film, by the way.

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