THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW AWARDS GALA EVENT CELEBRATES THEIR 100th YEAR
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14TH, 2009
CIPRIANI 42ND STREET
BVLGARI, ESTEEMED ITALIAN JEWELER, RETURNS AS EXCLUSIVE PARTNER IN THE CENTENNIAL MILESTONE
New York, NY-; August 11, 2008] -; The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (“NBR”) announced today that they will hold their annual awards gala on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This year’s gala will celebrate the Centennial of the NBR, which was founded in 1909.
BVLGARI, the world-renowned Italian jeweler, will be returning for a third year as the NBR’s partner for this year’s ceremony.
"This year marks the 100th year of the NBR and we could not be prouder to continue our original mission of freedom of expression, film as an art form, and to celebrate the history, growth and future of cinema,” said NBR President Annie Schulhof. "We are thrilled to be celebrating this occasion with BVLGARI in Cipriani’s landmark venue.”
The National Board of Review will screen over 300 films for awards consideration in 2008. This year’s honorees will be announced on Thursday, December 4th, 2008, marking the beginning of the awards season.
The annual awards gala honors the very best in a variety of categories including Best Film, Best Animated Feature, Best Director, Best Performances, as well as new voices in filmmaking with awards such as the Directorial Debut Award and Breakthrough Acting honors. Recipients at the 2007 awards included No Country For Old Men, Ratatouille, Tim Burton for Sweeney Todd, George Clooney for Michael Clayton, Julie Christie for Away From Her, Ben Affleck for Gone Baby Gone and Ellen Page for Juno. Both Persepolis and The Great Debaters received The BVLGARI Award for NBR Freedom of Expression. The Career Achievement in Cinematography was awarded to Roger Deakins and the William K. Everson Film History Award went to Robert Osborne. Past Career Achievement Awards have honored many of Hollywood’s most talented icons including Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Gena Rowlands, Michael Douglas, Sean Connery and Shirley Temple Black.
As part of their ongoing core mission of student grant philanthropy, the NBR recently awarded $75,000 in student grants to ten local universities. In addition to the student grants, the NBR also awarded a philanthropic grant to the Children’s Aid Society. The student grant schools included Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Ghetto Film School, 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.
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 99 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.
For over a century, BVLGARI has been synonymous with the finest Italian style. Outstanding jewels (in precious and semi precious materials), watches, a vast range of leather goods, silver gifts and perfumes are now coveted by a sophisticated clientele in over 150 countries. Every BVLGARI creation is permeated with a spirit of excellence, hence the attention to detail and the research for absolute quality. As an ultimate tribute to the world of luxury, BVLGARI opened its first hotel in 2004, BVLGARI Hotel & Spa in followed by the opening of the Bulgari Resort, Bali in October, 2006. Additional hotels will open across the world's major travel destinations.
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