Films of Closer and The Phantom of the Opera Honored by National Board of Review

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The film versions of Patrick Marber's Closer and Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera were among those honored by The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

The announcement of the NBR winners came Dec. 1. Recipients of the honors will be be presented with their awards at the annual gala Jan. 11, 2005 at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

"Finding Neverland," a film that centers on writer J.M. Barrie and his play Peter Pan, won the top prize as 2004 Best Film of the Year. The film was based on Allan Knee's play The Man Who Was Peter Pan.

Other titles among the Top Ten included "Closer" (adapated by Marber from his play and directed by Mike Nichols) and "Kinsey" (penned and directed by "Chicago" screenwriter Bill Condon with The Crubicle stars Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

Linney earned herself a Best Supporting Actress win for her work on "Kinsey." Other acting awards went to the cast of "Closer" for Best Acting by an Ensemble and Emmy Rossum for Breakthrough Performance Actress in "The Phantom of the Opera."

Twelfth Night and "Scrubs" star Zach Braff earned the Best Directorial Debut honor for his "Garden State." The NBR screens over 300 films each year to ascertain which films will receieve honors. For a complete list of winners and more information, log onto

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