National Board of Review Film Winners


Yesterday, the National Board of Review announced their annual end of the year awards and Best Film went to Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea. That film also took home Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan, and Breakthrough Performance (Male) for Lucas Hedges. The other hot arthouse film that will go head-to-head with Manchester throughout the awards season is Moonlight, which took home Best Director for Barry Jenkins and Best Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris. These two films, along with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, will most likely be three of the top five contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars. The other two will be, in my opinion, Denzel Washington’s Fences and Martin Scorsese’s Silence.

Full of list of winners below and I am a little surprised La La Land did not receive any awards, but that film will do just fine when we get to the Globes, SAG and Oscars. Enjoy!!!


Best Film:  Manchester by the Sea
Best Director:  Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Actor:  Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Amy Adams, Arrival
Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Best Supporting Actress:  Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Best Original Screenplay:  Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, Silence
Best Animated Feature:  Kubo and the Two Strings
Breakthrough Performance (Male): Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Breakthrough Performance (Female): Royalty Hightower, The Fits
Best Directorial Debut:  Trey Edward Shults, Krisha
Best Foreign Language Film:  The Salesman
Best Documentary:  O.J.: Made in America
Best Ensemble:  Hidden Figures
Spotlight Award: Creative Collaboration of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg
NBR Freedom of Expression Award:  Cameraperson



Top Films
Hacksaw Ridge
Hail, Caesar!
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Patriot’s Day

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

The Handmaiden
Land of Mine

Top 5 Documentaries

De Palma
The Eagle Huntress
Life, Animated
Miss Sharon Jones!

Top 10 Independent Films

20th Century Women
Captain Fantastic
Creative Control
Eye in the Sky
The Fits
Green Room
Hello, My Name is Doris
Morris from America
Sing Street

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