JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year has scooped the best film prize as the National Board Of Review announced its 2014 selections.
Clint Eastwood was named best director for American Sniper, while Oscar Isaac for A Most Violent Year tied with Michael Keaton for Birdman in the best actor race and Julianne Moore took best actress honours for Still Alice.
Jessica Chastain took the best supporting actress prize for A Most Violent Year and Edward Norton the best supporting actor award for Birdman.
Jack O’Connell earned an award for best breakthrough performance for Starred Up and Unbroken.
Damián Szifrón’s Argentinian Oscar submission Wild Tales was named best foreign film, Steve James’ Life Itself best documentary and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller took best original screenplay for The LEGO Movie.
The full list of winners:
Best Film: A Most Violent Year
Best Director: Clint Eastwood - American Sniper
Best Actor (tie): Oscar Isaac - A Most Violent Year; Michael Keaton - Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton - Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Best Original Screenplay: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller - The LEGO Movie
Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Best Animated Feature: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Breakthrough Performance: Jack O’Connell - Starred Up and Unbroken
Best Directorial Debut: Gillian Robespierre - Obvious Child
Best Foreign Language Film: Wild Tales
Best Documentary: Life Itself
William K. Everson Film History Award: Scott Eyman
Best Ensemble: Fury
Spotlight Award: Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring in Top Five
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Rosewater
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Selma
The Imitation Game
The LEGO Movie
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Gett: The Trial Of Vivian Amsalem
Two Days, One Night
We Are The Best!
Top 5 Documentaries
Art And Craft
Keep On Keepin’ On
The Kill Team
Last Days In Vietnam
Top 10 Independent Films
A Most Wanted Man
The Skeleton Twins
Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors
“A Most Violent Year is an exhilarating crime drama with a compelling story, outstanding performances, and an elegant cinematic style,” said NBR president Annie Schulhof. “JC Chandor has given us a new and provocative perspective on the American Dream.”
This year’s NBR gala will take place on January 6 in New York City.