It was a stunning moment for Hollywood in Gotham tonight. The National Board of Review and Willie Geist hosted their annual awards ceremony to honor excellence in filmmaking with categories that included 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.
Midtown was a glorious shinning exhibit of stunning artwork and artists being applauded for their work in the industry this awards season. With a strong year in cinema across the board filmmakers celebrated the fact that their work was recognized tonight and across the world.
“When you tell a story that makes the audience emphathize with the characters regardless if they are from the same background or not, I think that is the first step in storytelling that breaks down barriers between different communities,” said honoree Lee Unkrich on the carpet.
Those amongst the distinguished included Best Director recipient, Greta Gerwig, Best Actor recipient, Tom Hanks, Best Actress recipient, Meryl Streep, Best Supporting Actor recipient, Willem Dafoe, Best Supporting Actress recipient, Laurie Metcalf, Best Screenplay recipient, Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Adapted Screenplay recipients, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, Best Breakthrough Performance recipient, Timothée Chalamet, Best Directorial Debut recipient, Jordan Peele, Spotlight Award recipients Patty Jenkins & Gal Gadot, with presenters Christiane Amanpour, Ken Burns, Robert DeNiro, Tina Fey, Dave Franco, James Franco, Armie Hammer, Daniel Kaluuya, Brett Morgen, John Ridley, Saoirse Ronan, Steven Spielberg, Allison Williams and more. Other attendees will include Amy Pascal, Kristie Macosko, Rita Wilson, Lupita Nyong’o, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel, Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung, Bennett Miller, and others.
For over 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 annual 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 an annual 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.