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Boyle's 'Slumdog' wins Best Film gong

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Boyle's 'Slumdog' wins Best Film gong

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Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire has been named Best Film in the first major listing of the movie awards season.

The movie, which tells the story of a poor Indian boy's rise to fortune against the odds and won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, was named as the recipient of the National Board Of Review's (NBR) coveted gong, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Dev Patel was also recognised for Breakthrough Performance by an actor for his role in the underdog tale, while the film's screenwriter Simon Beaufoy was honoured for Best Adapted Screenplay along with Eric Roth, who penned The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

Clint Eastwood, who won the NBR's Best Film award in 2006 for Letters From Iwo Jima, was named as this year's Best Actor for his role in Gran Torino, while Anne Hathaway won the Best Actress gong for Rachel Getting Married.

David Fincher earned the Best Director prize for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Best Original Screenplay went to Nick Schenk for Gran Torino.

The awards will be presented at the NBR's annual gala in New York on January 14.

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