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National Board of Review Names 2017 Honorees

National Board of Review Names 2017 Honorees

The National Board of Review today announced their 2017 honorees, with top honors including THE POST as Best Film of the Year, Greta Gerwig as Best Director of the Year for LADY BIRD, Tom Hanks as Best Actor of the Year for his performance in THE POST and Meryl Streep as Best Actress of the Year for her performance in THE POST.

NBR President Annie Schulhof said, “THE POST is a beautifully crafted film that deeply resonates at this moment in time. We are so thrilled to award it our best film as well as to honor the wonderfully talented Greta Gerwig as our Best Director.”

These awards are the latest citation of excellence by the National Board of Review, a tradition going back 108 years. This year 265 films were viewed by this select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, students, many of which were followed by in-depth discussions with directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.

The National Board of Review’s awards celebrate excellence in filmmaking with categories that include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Original and Adapted Screenplay, Breakthrough Performance, and Directorial Debut, as well as signature honors such as the Freedom of Expression and the NBR Spotlight Award.T

The 2017 award recipients include:

Best Film:  THE POST

Best Director:  Greta Gerwig, LADY BIRD

Best Actor:  Tom Hanks, THE POST

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, THE POST

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Best Supporting Actress:  Laurie Metcalf, LADY BIRD

Best Original Screenplay:  Paul Thomas Anderson, PHANTOM THREAD

Best Adapted Screenplay:  Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, THE DISASTER ARTIST

Best Animated Feature:  COCO
Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Best Directorial Debut:  Jordan Peele, GET OUT

Best Foreign Language Film:  FOXTROT

Best Documentary:  JANE

Best Ensemble:  GET OUT

Spotlight Award: WONDER WOMAN, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot

NBR Freedom of Expression Award:  FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER

NBR Freedom of Expression Award:  LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982-1992

 

Top Films

BABY DRIVER

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

THE DISASTER ARTIST

DOWNSIZING

DUNKIRK

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

GET OUT

LADY BIRD

LOGAN

PHANTOM THREAD

 

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

A FANTASTIC WOMAN

FRANTZ

LOVELESS

SUMMER 1993

THE SQUARE

 

Top 5 Documentaries

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

BRIMSTONE & GLORY

ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS

FACES PLACES

HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS

 

Top 10 Independent Films

BEATRIZ AT DINNER

BRIGSBY BEAR

A GHOST STORY

LADY MACBETH

LOGAN LUCKY

LOVING VINCENT

MENASHE

NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER

PATTI CAKE$

WIND RIVER

 

For 108 years, the National Board of Review has dedicated its efforts to the support of cinema as both art and entertainment. Each year, this select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals and academics of varying ages and backgrounds watches over 250 films and participates in illuminating discussions with directors, actors, producers and screenwriters before announcing their selections for the best work of the year in early December prior to an ceremony in January. Since first citing year-end cinematic achievements in 1929, NBR has recognized a vast selection of outstanding studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary films, often propelling recipients such as George Miller’s visionary 2015 Best Film winner Mad Max: Fury Road into the larger awards conversation. NBR also stands out as the only film organization that bestows a film history award in honor of former member and film historian William K. Everson. In addition, one of the organization’s core values is identifying new talent and nurturing young filmmakers by awarding promising talent with ‘Directorial Debut’ and ‘Breakthrough Actor’ awards as well as grants to rising film students and by facilitating community outreach through the support of organizations such as The Ghetto Film School, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, and Educational Video Center. With its continued efforts to assist up-and-coming artists in completing and presenting their work, NBR honors its commitment to not just identifying the best that current cinema has to offer, but also ensuring the quality of films for future generations to come.

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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