The National Board of Review, the 100-year old, New York-based film society, has announced its winners for 2009 and in the nonfiction field it has named Louie Psihoyos' THE COVE the Best Documentary of the Year.
It was great news for THE COVE, one of the frontrunners in this year's Oscar, in a week that had dominated by good tidings for its chief rival for the Academy Award, Robert Kenner's FOOD, INC. The latter film was named as one of the top six documentaries of 2009 by the organization.
Also included in the list of six were Anders Østergaard's BURMA VJ, Joe Berlinger's CRUDE, Jeff Stilson's GOOD HAIR and Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS.
The Ellsberg doc and BURMA VJ are both on the Academy's 15-film shortlist.