It was an evening of long intros and even longer speeches. But Tuesday’s National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani in New York City had its moments, especially when Rosie O’Donnell offered her two cents on a film not being honored that night.
“I’m happy to be here for the National Board of Review, they’re much better than the National Society of Film Critics,” O’Donnell began. “And we know this because today they announced their best film, ‘Melancholia.’ If I had the choice between giving birth to a flaming child on the floor of an igloo, or watching that film again, I would choose the birth of my child.”
Longest speech came from Martin Scorsese, honored for helming NBR’s best pic choice, “Hugo.” He shared his secret for working with dogs. “If you want a dog to hang around actors…you slather the actor with sardine oil, but don’t tell the actor until you’re ready to do it. Just do it. And shoot,” he said.
Seth Rogen presented the best original screenplay award to Will Reiser for “50/50.”
“I hate this,” Rogen joked. “I’ve written like 10 movies, none of them get any recognition at all. This is very painful for me. I hate how much people emotionally respond to his movie. I’m jealous of that.”