Manchester by the Sea awarded top honor by National Board of Review

Manchester by the Sea wins big at National Board of Review awards

Moonlight may have snagged the big win at the Gotham Awards earlier this week, but Manchester by the Sea‘s momentum is steadily building with its Best Film honor from the National Board of Review.

Kenneth Lonergan‘s emotional grief drama also earned wins in the Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Breakthrough Performance – Male (Lucas Hedges) and Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) categories.

The Best Director prize went to Barry Jenkins for Moonlight. The coming-of-age drama’s central female star, Naomie Harris, earned recognition in the Best Supporting Actress category, besting favorite Viola Davis (Fences).

The Best Actress race featured a surprise win for Amy Adams. The Arrival star trumped frontrunners Natalie Portman (Jackie) and Emma Stone (La La Land).

Awards veteran Jeff Bridges was honored with the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his work in the gritty Western drama Hell or High Water.

Check out the full list of winners below.

How do you think the NBR’s choices will impact the Oscar race? Let us know! ~Matthew Pariselli

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 Films
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hail, Caesar!
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Moonlight
Patriot’s Day
Silence
Sully

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Elle
The Handmaiden
Julieta
Land of Mine
Neruda

Top 5 Documentaries
De Palma
The Eagle Huntress
Gleason
Life, Animated
Miss Sharon Jones!

Top 10 Independent Films
20th Century Women
Captain Fantastic
Creative Control
Eye in the Sky
The Fits
Green Room
Hello, My Name is Doris
Krisha
Morris from America
Sing Street

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  1. AwardsAndy • December 1, 2016 @ 9:15 AM

    The Amy and Jeff wins are big surprises. Guess their chances of Oscar noms are looking better?!

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