Indian filmmaker Mira Nair’s film The Namesake has earned a place in the National Board of Review (NBR) awards’ list of best indie films of the year.
The film, based on Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel of the same name, was among the four Fox Searchlight Pictures films that made it to NBR’s indie list.
The other three were Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, John Carney’s Once and Adrienne Shelly’s Waitress.
Grim crime thriller No Country for Old Men, from brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, was named best film of 2007.
"We screened 328 films, and the diversity of these narratives is reflected in our 2007 ten best films. No Country for Old Men is a "brilliant convergence of extraordinary directing, a masterful screenplay and incredible ensemble performances,” Variety quoted NBR President Annie Schulhof, as saying.
George Clooney won best actor for his role as a conflicted attorney in Michael Clayton and Julie Christie earned the best actress honour playing an Alzheimer's disease sufferer who puts herself into a nursing facility in Away From Her.
The best director prize went to filmmaker Tim Burton for his dark retelling of Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp.
Oscar-winning actor-producer Michael Douglas was honoured with the career achievement award.
The NBR's list of top 10 films includes Assassination of Jesse James, Atonement, Sean Penn's Into the Wild and The Kite Runner, as well as action film The Bourne Ultimatum.
Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly won the best foreign film award. Body of War won best documentary and Ratatouille was named best-animated feature.
Awards will be handed at a gala dinner at Cipriani in Gotham on Jan. 15.