Green Book was named Best Film of the year by the National Board of Review (NBR) on Tuesday (27) and Viggo Mortensen claimed best actor, while Bradley Cooper earned best director for A Star Is Born and his co-star Lady Gaga was named best actress.
The Favourite was shut out, as were BlacKkKlansman, First Man, Vice, and Destroyer. ROMA made it on to the list of top 10 films of the year, however Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexican black and white spectacle lost out in the best foreign language stakes to Pawel Pawlikowksi’s Polish black and white drama Cold War. Black Panther also made it on to the list of top 10 films.
Sam Elliott claimed best supporting actor for A Star Is Born, and Regina King took the best supporting actress award for If Beale Street Could Talk. Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation was named best adapted screenplay, while Paul Schrader followed up on Monday’s Gothams win with the best original screenplay award for First Reformed.
Thomasin McKenzie won best breakthrough performance for Leave No Trace, and Gothams winner Bo Burnham earned best directorial debut for Eighth Grade.
“We are proud to honor Green Book as our best film – it is a warm and heartfelt look at a remarkable friendship, brought to the screen at a moment where its story of love, compassion, and shared humanity deeply resonates,” said NBR president Annie Schulhof. “We are also thrilled to award Bradley Cooper as our best director – he is an extraordinary talent behind the camera, bringing a fresh and modern perspective, as well as superb craftsmanship and tremendous heart, to the classic story of A Star Is Born.”
The NBR’s panel of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students viewed 261 films followed by discussions with directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Accounting firm Lutz & Carr, LLP tabulated the votes.
Honourees will be celebrated at the NBR Awards Gala on January 8, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.
Full list of NBR 2018 winners:
Best Film: Green Book
Best Director: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Best Actress: Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Animated Feature: Incredibles 2
Breakthrough Performance: Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
Best Directorial Debut: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Best Foreign Language Film: Cold War
Best Documentary: RBG
Best Ensemble: Crazy Rich Asians
William K. Everson Film History Award: The Other Side Of The Wind and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: 22 July
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: On Her Shoulders
Top Films (in alphabetical order)
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born
Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
Happy As Lazzaro
Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
Crime + Punishment
Minding The Gap
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
The Death Of Stalin
Lean On Pete
Leave No Trace
The Old Man & The Gun
Sorry To Bother You
We The Animals
You Were Never Really Here