The National Board of Review, which is made up of New York-based academics, film enthusiasts, professionals and filmmakers, just announced their annual list, recognizing the best in cinema. Manchester by the Sea, a major contender this awards season, earned the organization’s Best Film honors. It beat out other Top Film hopefuls, La La Land, Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Arrival and Sully to name a few. Casey Affleck, who stars in the drama, was also a winner. He snagged Best Actor for his work in the film.
Though Moonlight failed to walk away with Best Film, the drama earned Best Director and Best Supporting Actress awards for Barry Jenkins and Naomie Harris respectively.
With regards to the other acting categories, Amy Adams won Best Actress for Arrival while Jeff Bridges earned Best Supporting Actor for Hell or High Water. Could it be finally Adams’s time to win an Oscar? She has tough competition. This is the most competitive Best Actress Oscar race in years.
Willie Geist will host the NBR’s awards ceremony, taking place on January 4. Check out all the winners below.
2016 National Board of Review Winners
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
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Land of Mine
Top 5 Documentaries
The Eagle Huntress
Miss Sharon Jones!
Top 10 Independent Films
20th Century Women
Eye in the Sky
Hello, My Name is Doris
Morris from America