The adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel also took the prizes for ensemble cast and for Joel and Ethan Coen's screenplay adaptation.
The best original screenplay award went to Diablo Cody for "Juno" and Nancy Oliver for "Lars and the Real Girl."
Casey Affleck won the best supporting actor prize for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," while Amy Ryan won for best supporting actress for "Gone Baby Gone," directed by Affleck's brother, Ben -- who won for best directorial debut.
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" was named best foreign film. "Body of War" was hailed as best documentary and "Ratatouille" won for best animated feature.
The rest of the NBR top 10 are: "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," "Atonement," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "The Bucket List," "Into The Wild," "Juno," "The Kite Runner," "Lars And The Real Girl," "Michael Clayton" and "Sweeney Todd."