The National Board of Review announced their top ten films earlier today and in a bit of a surprise, Clint Eastwood’s yet to be released WWII drama, “Letters from Iwo Jima” snagged the top prize. The film, a companion piece to October’s “Flags of Our Fathers,” tells the story of the battle of Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective.

The top ten recognized films, in alphabetical order, are:

“Babel”
“Blood Diamond”
“The Departed”
“The Devil Wears Prada”
“Flags Of Our Fathers”
“The History Boys”
“Letters from Iwo Jima”
“Little Miss Sunshine”
“Notes on a Scandal”
“The Painted Veil”

Other awards announced include:

Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

Best Actress: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”

Best Supporting Actor: Djimon Hounsou, “Blood Diamond”

Best Supporting Actress: Catherine O’Hara, “For Your Consideration”

It’s interesting to note that widely considered frontrunners “Dreamgirls” and “The Queen” were curiously absent from the top ten list. In addition, the inclusion of this summer’s sleeper hit, “The Devil Wears Prada” is a mystery to all. Helen Mirren, as expected, jumps out to the lead in the Best Actress race. Meanwhile, in a crowded actor’s field, Forest Whitaker has something definitely working in his favor now. The last three NBR Best Actor winners (Hoffman, Foxx, Penn) all eventually went on to win the Academy Award.

For more information, read Variety’s coverage Horror full .