With the blockbuster flags of summer all but packed away, the awards season bunting has begun to be strung and one of the big bodies that hand out awards has made its latest list public. The National Board of Review has given gongs to the likes of Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight and Kubo And The Two Strings.
It was an especially good day for Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester, which won Best Film, Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Breakthrough Performance (Male) for Lucas Hedges and Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan himself.
But there was love to go around, as Barry Jenkins won Best Director for Moonlight and Martin Scorsese shared the Best Adapted Screenplay trophy with co-writer Jay Cocks for their latest, Silence. The NBR is not traditionally the most reliable indicator for Oscars, as many of their picks have not translated into big awards runs, but they often celebrate great performances or movies that others might overlook.
The full list is 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 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