"Up in the Air" wins first, key award in Oscar race
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Director Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" was named best film of 2009 by the National Board of Review on Thursday in the first major award of Hollywood's Oscar season.
Clint Eastwood was named best director for "Invictus."
"Up in the Air" star George Clooney and "Invictus" star Morgan Freeman shared the prize for best actor, and Carey Mulligan won best actress for her role in "An Education."
The National Board of Review awards and others that follow like the Golden Globes offer prestige for filmmakers and actors and help movie studios promote their films ahead of the Academy Awards on March 7, 2010.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Sandra Maler)