National Board of Review gives ‘Arrival’ star Amy Adams an Oscar boost with Best Actress honor

“Manchester by the Sea” stars Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges both acquired gifts, while the film acquired NBR’s top honor .

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Manchester by the Sea was identified 2016 ‘s best film by the National Board of Review, raising the awards-season profile of Kenneth Lonergan’s ravaging clas drama though the film has been destined for a appointment with the Academy Awards ever since its debut at Sundance.

The NBR on Tuesday also devoted its Best Actor and Best Male Breakthrough Performance gifts to Manchester stars Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges, respectively, while writer-director Lonergan acquired Best Original Screenplay.

The honors something of an awards-season basic starting point along with the Gotham Awards and Independent Spirit nominations cement Affleck and Lonergan as Oscar frontrunners, and also give Fences some credibility as he tries to earn a slot in the ever-competitive substantiating category.

Moonlight also gained more momentum in the wake of its Best Peculiarity win at the Gotham Awards, with Barry Jenkins taking residence Best Director honors and Naomie Harris winning Best Corroborating Actress.

The rest of the group’s gifts were spread out, with Amy Adams winning Best Actress for Arrival , bolstering her Oscar opportunities; Jeff Bridges winning Best Supporting Actor for Hell or High Water ; young Royalty Hightower winning Best Female Breakthrough Performance for The Fits ; and the writing team of Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks winning Best Adapted Screenplay for Silence .

The latter bestow bodes well for Silence , which has yet to screen for most critics.

Elsewhere, Kubo and the Two Strings was identified Best Animated Feature, Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama The Salesman was selected as the year’s Best Foreign Language Film, and Ezra Edelman’s astounding O.J .: Made in America took residence another Best Documentary prize.

Led by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Mone, the casting of Hidden Figures won the Best Ensemble bestow, and Trey Edward Shults’ Krisha was identified the Best Directorial Debut of 2016.

Finally, the documentary Cameraperson was given the NBR Freedom of Expression Award, and Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg shared the Spotlight Award for their imaginative cooperations on Patriots Day and Deepwater Horizon .

The National Board of Review is voted on by a mix of academics, cinephiles, and film professionals. The group generally has very good taste but it’s not a great barometer for the Oscars.

For example, last year NBR identified Mad Max: Fury Road as its first year best film, but Spotlight acquired Best Draw at the Oscars. Past wins also include A Most Violent Time , Zero Dark Thirty , Her and The Social Network , nothing of which acquired Best Picture.

Read below for all the bestow wins as well as NBR’s top films of the year.

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 10 Films

Hacksaw Ridge
Hail, Caesar!
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Patriots Day

Top 10 Independent Films

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

Top 5 Documentaries

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

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

The Handmaiden
Land of Mine

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