Anne Hathaway, Clint Eastwood Named Year's Best by Film Board

Small proved big with the National Board of Review, which named Anne Hathaway 2008’s best actress for her role in the indie movie Rachel Getting Married and the art film Slumdog Millionaire best picture of the year.

Clint Eastwood was cited as top actor for his role as a grouchy widower in the still-to-be released Gran Torino, while The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, was singled out for its direction, by David Fincher.

George Clooney Plays Director at Awards Show

George Clooney may have taken direction from the filmmaking Coen Brothers in the past – for 2000’s O Brother, Where Art Thou? and 2003’s Intentional Cruelty – but at Monday night’s National Board of Review awards dinner in New York, it was clearly a case of role reversal.