PartyLines- photographs by Patrick McMullan

party lines image

National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala

Cipriani 42nd St. January 12, 2010. By Bennett Marcus

What’s the best revenge for dealing with a bad review? “I don’t believe in revenge. I think the best revenge is being awesome.” —Gabourey Sidibe

Maggie Gyllenhaal

How do you react to some critics of Up in the Air saying they can’t picture anyone who looks as good as George Clooney living in Nebraska? “They haven’t seen me up close.” —George Clooney

Anna Kendrick

Woody Harrelson

Were you on the set of It’s Complicated when Alec Baldwin did his nude scene? “No, we were definitely not allowed on set when he was doing that nude thing. Nor would I want to be. When someone’s playing your movie parent, it’s sort of like not wanting to see your parents have sex. It’s like, I don’t even want to know about it, I don’t want to think about it, nothing.” —Zoe Kazan

Vera Farmiga

Peter Sarsgaard

What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you on a red carpet? “Oh, sharing a red carpet with Perez Hilton in L.A. I was like, this is too weird. I mean, you know, George Clooney is over there, but, uh, Perez Hilton, I was like, ‘What on earth is going on?’” —Carey Mulligan

Lee Daniels

Were there any added pressures to play Nelson Mandela a certain way since he’s your close friend? “A little extra pressure, but it’s not like it’s difficult. Just a little more of a challenge because you have to do certain things. You can’t make it up.” —Morgan Freeman

Lake Bell

You’re sitting at George Clooney’s table tonight. Did he call you up and invite you? “Yes, as a matter of fact, he did! George wants to sit with Regis and Joy. New York Magazine got a problem with that?” —Regis Philbin, with Joy Philbin

Anthony Mackie

Did you have any strange sets for Star Trek? “The weirdest thing was, we were using the Budweiser plant in California for the engine room of the Enterprise. It was just a funny idea that we were in this freezing-cold plant, that the Enterprise was just fueled with Bud Lite.” —J. J. Abrams

Ben Foster

You’ve only been in three movies and you already worked with the Coen Brothers for A Serious Man. How? “Because the Coen brothers get to do whatever they want.” —Amy Landecker

Hunter Parrish

When you were writing Up in the Air, did you think about any of your Hollywood friends who are out of work? “Of course. There’s a lot of fear. Look, let’s face it, Hollywood is fear-based anyway, so now we just upped the fear a little bit.” —Sheldon Turner

Ellen Burstyn

What is it like for you to be honored here for your film Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country? “Well, being from Europe, everything is, you know, unknown abbreviations — NBR, ASC — I’m just trying to learn. But I understand it is a great honor.” —Anders Østergaard

Jason Reitman

Ivan Reitman

Have you seen all of the films that are getting awards tonight? “Happily, I have seen all of them. I have seen over 300 films this year.” —Annie Schulhof, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards President

Adam Yauch

You co-wrote 500 Days of Summer. What embarrassing things from your past came through in the script? “Every single thing, in fact, is an embarrassing story from my past that he made fun of. That’s absolutely true. Sad, but true.” —Scott Neustadter

Kathryn Bigelow

Marlo Thomas

Because of The Hurt Locker’s success, have you gotten any scripts that made your jaw drop? “I would say, like, 80 percent of them that come in are with jaw-dropping names.” —Jeremy Renner

Elisabetta Canalis

Morgan Spurlock

How has your schedule changed now that your wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is on Broadway for eight performances a week? “A lot more time with the kids — a lot more time. I think that’s it.” —Michael Douglas

party lines image