2007 National Board of Review Gala Event
Be Held at Cipriani 42nd Street on
January 15, 2008
York, NY – June 18, 2007 – The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (“NBR”) announced today that they will hold their annual awards gala on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. BVLGARI, the world-renowned Italian jeweler, will be returning for a second year as the NBR’s partner for this year’s ceremony. Jesse L. Martin will also be making his return for a second year as the gala’s MC.
“We are thrilled to have BVLGARI return as our partner for this year’s awards gala. The BVLGARI name carries a world-renown elegance that we are proud to associate with the NBR,” says NBR President Annie Schulhof. “We are also excited to return to the landmark, Cipriani, for our gala’s venue as we approach our Centennial in 2009. With the return of Jesse L. Martin as our evening’s MC, we are sure that the evening will be another great success.”
“BVLGARI is thrilled to be partnering with the National Board of Review once again for this momentous evening. Our passion and commitment to Hollywood and the art of filmmaking has been an inherent part of our culture and traditions in design and innovation since the days of Sophia Lauren, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor,” says BVLGARI Vice President, Nicola Bulgari.
The National Board of Review will screen over 250 films for awards consideration in 2007. This year’s honorees will be announced on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007, marking the beginning of the awards season.
The annual awards gala honors the very best in a variety of categories including the prestigious Career Achievement Award, awards for direction and performance, as well as new voices in filmmaking with awards such as the Directorial Debut Award and Breakthrough Acting Awards. The 2006 recipients of these accolades included Eli Wallach for the Career Achievement Award, Jason Reitman for Thank You For Smoking, Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson, Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls and Rinko Kikuchi for Babel. Additional career achievement awards include the Billy Wilder Award, which honors directors for their body of work, and the William K. Everson Film History Award to recognize those who contribute to the history of film. Last year’s honorees in these categories were director Jonathan Demme for the Billy Wilder Award and Donald Krim, president and co-founder of Kino International, for the William K. Everson Film History Award.
As part of their ongoing core mission for education and philanthropy in support of film, the NBR recently awarded $55,000 in student grants to nine universities in the New York area. The schools included Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Hunter College, Ithaca College, New York University, School of Visual Arts, SUNY Purchase and Wesleyan University with each school’s Undergraduate and Graduate film programs being eligible. Each participating school received a total of $6,000, which was distributed to the top student films as well as the $1,000 prize for the Charlie Andrews Award for film history, which was presented to a Wesleyan Student.
About The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures
Formed in 1909, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures is dedicated to film, foreign and domestic, as both art and entertainment. The NBR has supported free expression in motion picture arts for over 98 years when, in an effort to avoid government censorship of films, the National Board became the unofficial clearinghouse for new movies. From 1916 into the 1950’s thousands of motion pictures carried the legend “Passed by the National Board of Review” in their main or end titles. To the public, this was the catchphrase of confidence. The organization works to foster commentary on all aspects of film production, to endow scholarships for film students and to underwrite educational film programs and seminars. For more information on the National Board of Review, please visit www.nbrmp.org.
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