It's been a good year for sci-fi movies, what with District 9, Star Trek and the upcoming Avatar, but who expected they'd actually be viable candidates for prestigious awards?
I mean, consider this: The venerable National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, a national film group, selected J.J. Abrams' Star Trek as one of the top 10 films of the year!
When was the last time a Trek movie was in a top 10 list? The list also included Quentin Tarantino's alternate-universe World War II movie Inglourious Basterds, Spike Jonze's fantasy Where the Wild Things Are and Disney/Pixar's animated Up.
The organization also singled out Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi action movie District 9 and Duncan Jones' creepy Moon as among the year's top independent films.
What's next? Oscar for Star Trek?
The complete list of NBR honorees is below.
What do you think about Star Trek landing on a top 10 list?
Awards for 2009: Best Film UP IN THE AIR
Top Ten Films
(In alphabetical order) AN EDUCATION, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, THE HURT LOCKER, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, INVICTUS, THE MESSENGER, A SERIOUS MAN, STAR TREK, UP, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Best Foreign Language Film
Top Five Foreign Films
(In alphabetical order) THE MAID, REVANCHE, SONG OF SPARROWS, THREE MONKEYS, THE WHITE RIBBON
Top Five Documentaries
(In alphabetical order) BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY, CRUDE, FOOD, INC., GOOD HAIR, THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS
Top Independent Films
(In alphabetical order) AMREEKA, DISTRICT 9, GOODBYE SOLO, HUMPDAY, IN THE LOOP, JULIA, ME AND ORSON WELLES, MOON, SUGAR, TWO LOVERS
GEORGE CLOONEY, Up In The Air; MORGAN FREEMAN, Invictus
CAREY MULLIGAN, An Education
Best Supporting Actor
WOODY HARRELSON, The Messenger
Best Supporting Actress
ANNA KENDRICK, Up In The Air
Best Ensemble Cast
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
JEREMY RENNER, The Hurt Locker
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress
GABOUREY SIDIBE, Precious
Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut
DUNCAN JONES, Moon; OREN MOVERMAN, The Messenger; MARC WEBB, (500) Days of Summer
CLINT EASTWOOD, Invictus
Best Adapted Screenplay
JASON REITMAN and SHELDON TURNER, Up In The Air
Best Original Screenplay
JOEL AND ETHAN COEN, A Serious Man
Best Animated Feature
Special Filmmaking Achievement
WES ANDERSON, The Fantastic Mr. Fox
William K. Everson Award For Film History
JEAN PICKER FIRSTENBERG
Freedom Of Expression
BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY; INVICTUS; THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS