2019 National Board of Review Awards: ‘The Irishman’ is the top winner

December 3, 2019

by Carla Hay

With three prizes, including Best Film, Netflix’s “The Irishman” was the top winner for the 2018 National Board of Review Awards. The Irishman” won the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay (for Steven Zaillian). In addition “The Irishman” director Martin Scorsese and “The Irishman” co-stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino have been named the recipients of the NBR Icon Award. The National Board of Review consists of filmmakers, academics and other professionals in the movie industry. The awards ceremony will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on January 8, 2020. NBC’s Willie Geist will be the host.

Columbia Pictures’ “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Richard Jewell” and A24’s “Uncut Gems” won two awards each. Quentin Tarantino was named Best Director, and Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” “Richard Jewell” garnered prizes for co-stars Paul Walter Hauser (Breakthrough Performance) and Kathy Bates (Best Supporting Actress). Adam Sandler was named Best Actor, while brother duo Josh and Benny Safdie and Ronald Bronstein won Best Original Screenplay for “Uncut Gems.”

Meanwhile, Netflix’s “Marriage Story,” which has been winning several awards elsewhere, was completely snubbed by the National Board of Review.

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2019 National Board of Review Awards:

Best Film: “The Irishman”
Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Actor: Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems”
Best Actress: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, “Uncut Gems”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, “The Irishman”
Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, “Richard Jewell”
Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, “Queen & Slim”
Best Animated Feature: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Parasite”
Best Documentary: “Maiden”
Best Ensemble: “Knives Out”
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, “1917”
NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “For Sama”
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Just Mercy”

2018 National Board of Review Awards: ‘Green Book’ named best film; ‘A Star Is Born’ wins 3 prizes

November 27, 2018

by Carla Hay

The National Board of Review has named the winners of its annual movie awards. The awards are voted for by the National Board of Review, which is comprised of a mixture of film industry professionals and academics. “Green Book,” based on a true story of the friendship that developed between jazz pianist Don Shirley and his driver Tony “Lip” Vallelonga while on a 1962 road trip, was named Best Film. Viggo Mortensen, who plays Vallelonga in “Green Book,” was named Best Actor.

The Bradley Cooper-directed remake of “A Star Is Born,” named by the National Board of Review as one of the Top 10 best films of 2018, picked up three NBR prizes: Best Director; Best Actress (for Lady Gaga); and Best Supporting Actor (for Sam Elliott). “If Beale Street Could Talk” won two prizes: Best Supporting Actress (for Regina King) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for “Beale Street” director Barry Jenkins).

The National Board of Review Awards will be presented at a ceremony at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on January 8, 2019.

Some noticeable snubs include “The Favourite” and”BlacKkKlansman,” which have been getting several nominations and/or prizes at other award shows for movies. Another movie that was shut out was “Vice,” a dark comedy about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney that is set for a U.S. release on December 25, 2018. “Vice” was screened for the first time for awards voters in mid-November 2018, but that might have been too late for enough NBR voters to see the movie. The buzz from people who have seen “Vice” is that the movie and Christian Bale (who stars as Cheney) are most likely to get nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor at other award shows that will announce their nominations in December 2018 and in subsequent months.

Here is the complete list of the 2018 National Board of Review Awards:

Best Film: “Green Book”
Best Director: Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
Best Actress: Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader, “First Reformed”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Animated Feature: “Incredibles 2”
Breakthrough Performance: Thomasin McKenzie, “Leave No Trace”
Best Directorial Debut: Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Cold War”
Best Documentary: “RBG”
Best Ensemble: “Crazy Rich Asians”
William K. Everson Film History Award: “The Other Side of the Wind” and “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead”
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “22 July”
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “On Her Shoulders”

Top Films (in alphabetical order)
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther”
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
“Eighth Grade”
“First Reformed”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“A Quiet Place”
“A Star Is Born”

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
“The Guilty”
“Happy as Lazzaro”

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
“Crime + Punishment”
“Free Solo”
“Minding the Gap”
“Three Identical Strangers”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
“The Death of Stalin”
“Lean on Pete”
“Leave No Trace”
“The Old Man and the Gun”
“The Rider”
“Sorry to Bother You”
“We the Animals”
“You Were Never Really Here”

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