Tuesday, November 29, 2016

'Manchester By The Sea" Wins Big At The National Board Of Review Awards


    The National Board Of Review Awards, which are a pretty key critical precursor, have announced their winners today and shown what films or performances we should keep an eye on. Last year's Best Film winner here, Mad Max: Fury Road, went on to become an Oscar juggernaut while all of the acting winners (Matt Damon, Brie Larson, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Jason Leigh) went on to become Oscar nominees. So they do have an influence on the awards race.

    Manchester By The Sea went on to win big, scoring Best Film, Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan, and Male Breakthrough Performance for Lucas Hedges. However, Moonlight which dominated the Gotham Awards last night still did pretty well here, winning Best Director for Barry Jenkins and Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris.

   There were quite a bit of surprises to be found, though, like current Best Picture frontrunner La La Land only getting a Top 10 mention while other contenders like Jackie, Loving, and Lion got completely shut out. Also, despite the National Board of Review's adulation for Clint Eastwood, whose films have often done well here, Sully only got a Top 10 mention. Plus, Kubo and The Two Strings managed to win Best Animated Feature over Zootopia. That was a pretty neat surprise because while I love Zootopia, Kubo has the best animation I've seen all year.

Take a look at the full list of winners down below:

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, Silence

Best Animated Feature: Kubo And The Two Strings

Best Breakthrough Performance (Male): Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea

Best Breakthrough Performance (Female): Royalty Hightower, The Fits

Best Directorial Debut: Trey Edward Shults, Krisha

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

Best Documentary: OJ: Made In America

Best Ensemble: Hidden Figures

Spotlight Award: Creative Collaboration of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg

NBR Freedom Of Expression: Cameraperson

Top 10 Films:
Hacksaw Ridge
Hail, Caesar!
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Patriots 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