Thornton, Berry: 'Board' with Awards

01/08/2002 at 01:00 PM EST

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

An all-star cast that included Steven Spielberg, Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Marisa Tomei, Jon Voight, F. Murray Abraham, Jim Broadbent, John Turturro, Kate Capshaw, Kevin Kline, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Hayden Christensen, Ben Kingsley and Karen Allen turned out Monday night at New York's Tavern on the Green for this year's National Board of Review Awards ceremony, reports PEOPLE. Spielberg, 54, picking up the Billy Wilder Excellence in Direction Award, said when asked which of his own films he's most proud of: "I like all my children equally well," though he singled out "Schindler's List" for "all the good work that it's done." Best actor (for "The Man Who Wasn't There," "Monster's Ball" and "Bandits") Thornton, 46, came without wife Angelina Jolie, whom, he said, had just departed for Canada. "She starts work there tomorrow, and I start work (there on another film) on Thursday," he told PEOPLE. He also said, "We're looking to work together within about a year, and we're probably going to do a comedy." His "Monster's Ball" costar, Berry, 33, named by the National Board as best actress for the drama, said the Oscar buzz being generated by that performance is "surreal . . . So I haven't quite wrapped my brain around that yet. But when I won this award, I thought, 'Wow, maybe.' It feels good."

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