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National Board of Review Gives Top Honor to ‘Manchester by the Sea’

National Board of Review Gives Top Honor to ‘Manchester by the Sea’
Photo Source: Courtesy Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions

Awards season continues apace with today’s announcement of National Board of Review Awards. Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” from Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios, has taken home their top honor for best film of 2016. Actors Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges were also recognized for best male actor and best male breakthrough performance, respectively.

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Best Director went to Barry Jenkins for his A24 indie hit “Moonlight,” which recently swept the Gotham Awards; star Naomie Harris was also recognized for her work in the supporting actress category. For her work in Paramount Pictures’ “Arrival,” Amy Adams earned the Best Actress accolade. Winning the esteemed Best Ensemble award was the cast of 20th Century Fox’s “Hidden Figures,” led by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe.

Annie Schulhof, president of the NBR, said in a statement, “ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a masterful film which explores love, loss, and redemption in a deeply moving and completely original way. We are thrilled to award it our Best Film, as well as to honor Barry Jenkins’ singular directorial vision for ‘Moonlight.’ ”

At the Jan. 4, 2017 ceremony, the Spotlight Award will be presented to filmmaker Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg, who collaborated together for “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriots Day,” two biographical big-screen endeavors this year.

Although the NBR awards, founded in 1909 and decided by a group of movie buffs and professionals, don’t always name a best film that goes on to win top honors at the Academy Awards, their picks often fare well throughout the remainder of awards season. Last year’s best picture recipient, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” won a whopping six Oscars, more than any other 2015 film. The year before, however, gave the honor to “A Most Violent Year,” which failed to secure any 2014 Oscar nominations.

Only time will tell if “Manchester by the Sea” continues its momentum this awards season. For the full list of 2016 NBR honorees, see below.

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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