The Coen brothers’ "No Country for Old Men," from Miramax and Paramount Vantage, was named best picture of the year by the National Board of Review, while Tim Burton drew the director nod for DreamWorks-Warner Bros. musical "Sweeney Todd."
"No Country" also picked up the awards for adapted screenplay and ensemble cast, which includes Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Kelly Macdonald. With three nods, pic won the most of any film.
There’s always a certain amount of mystery surrounding the NBR, a group of film educators and other professionals with no official Hollywood ties, but the org’s yearly announcement is considered an early bellwether of potential award winners, and its top 10 list, which it releases in alphabetical order, is among the first that roll out in December.
ESPN'S MNF SET CABLE VIEWER RECORD
The New England Patriots' narrow, last-minute win to remain undefeated pushed ESPN's "Monday Night Football" to a new record in cable viewership.
The Patriots-Baltimore Ravens game averaged 17.5 million viewers, according to data released Wednesday afternoon by Nielsen Media Research. That was a nose higher than the previous record-holder, Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" that averaged a then-unheard-of 17.2 million viewers on Aug. 17, 2007.
The appeal of the game stemmed from the Patriots now 12-0 record, the first time since the 1970s that an NFL team has gone undefeated, not to mention the fact that the Patriots won 27-24 in the final minutes of the game. The game began at 10.6 million viewers at 8:30 p.m. ET before rising to the 23.9 million viewers at 11:30 p.m. ET.
"To date it's the game of the year in the NFL, an incredibly compelling game from start to finish," said ESPN executive vp John Wildhack. "The Patriots are the headline story in the NFL this year."