The National Board of Reviews of Motion Pictures awarded Up in the Air directed by Jason Reitman as the best film of 2009 on Thursday.

The movie stars George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Clooney is a villain with a job that has him traveling around the country firing people.

The Board of Review which was created in 1909 gathers film professionals, educators, historians and students. The board is an indicator of future Academy Award winners. In the last two years, the group awarded No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire best films and those went to win also the Oscar in the same category.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Film: UP IN THE AIR

Best Director: CLINT EASTWOOD, Invictus

Best Actor(s): GEORGE CLOONEY, Up In The Air & MORGAN FREEMAN, Invictus

Best Actress: CAREY MULLIGAN, An Education

Best Supporting Actor: WOODY HARRELSON, The Messenger

Best Supporting Actress: ANNA KENDRICK, Up In The Air

Best Foreign Language Film: A PROPHET

Best Documentary: THE COVE

Best Animated Feature: UP

Best Ensemble Cast: IT'S COMPLICATED

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: JEREMY RENNER, The Hurt Locker

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: GABOUREY SIDIBE, Precious

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: DUNCAN JONES, Moon, OREN MOVERMAN, The Messenger, MARC WEBB, (500) Days of Summer

Best Original Screenplay: JOEL AND ETHAN COEN, A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay: JASON REITMAN and SHELDON TURNER, Up In The Air

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: WES ANDERSON, The Fantastic Mr. Fox

William K. Everson Film History Award: JEAN PICKER FIRSTENBERG

NBR Freedom of Expression: BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY, INVICTUS, THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS

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Ten Best Films
(in alphabetical order)
 
AN EDUCATION
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
INVICTUS
THE MESSENGER
A SERIOUS MAN
STAR TREK
UP
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
 
Five Best Foreign-Language Films
(in alphabetical order)
 
THE MAID
REVANCHE
SONG OF SPARROWS
THREE MONKEYS
THE WHITE RIBBON
 
Five Best Documentaries
(in alphabetical order)
 
BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY
CRUDE
FOOD, INC.
GOOD HAIR
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS
 
Top Ten Independent Films 
(in alphabetical order)
 
AMREEKA 
DISTRICT 9
GOODBYE SOLO
HUMPDAY
IN THE LOOP
JULIA
ME AND ORSON WELLES
MOON
SUGAR
TWO LOVERS