NEW YORK-“Her,” a story about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, on Wednesday won the National Board of Review award for 2013 best film of the year and best director, the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars. Director Spike Jonze’s “Her,” which will be released in selected U.S. theaters later this month, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a withdrawn writer in Los Angeles in the quirky love story.

“Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today,” said Annie Schulhof, the president of the National Board of Review, a 100-year-old U.S. based group of movie industry watchers and film professionals. “In ‘Her’ he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way. It is an outstanding achievement that is sure to become a new classic,” she added in a statement.