"Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today," said Annie Schulhof, NBR president, in a statement. "In 'Her, he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way."
Lead actor went to
Will Forte won supporting actor as Dern's exasperated son in "Nebraska," and
Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" was named best animated feature.
Michael B. Jordan earned the award for breakthrough male performance for "Fruitvale Station," and Adele Exarchopoulos won breakthrough performance female for "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
"Fruitvale Station" also won best directorial debut for
The National Board of Review, which was founded in 1909, is made up of film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students.
The NBR had been considered a bellwether for the
Last year, the NBR chose
The NBR award will be presented Jan. 7 at the Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.