Steven Spielberg’s late awards season arrival The Post made waves on Tuesday (November 28) as the National Board Of Review honoured the Fox drama with prizes for best film and best acting awards for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
Hanks and Streep star as Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham who take on the US government in their fight to publish the leaked Pentagon Papers in 1971 that exposed hitherto secret government activities in Vietnam.
And in another notable triumph for an anticipated feature that is starting to screen for the industry, Paul Thomas Anderson won best original screenplay for Phantom Thread (Focus Features). First-timer Greta Gerwig was named best director for Lady Bird, while that film’s Laurie Metcalf earned best supporting actress and, in another accolade for independent cinema, Willem Dafoe won best supporting actor for The Florida Project. A24 distributes both films in the US.
Call Me By Your Name (SPC) star Timothée Chalamet earned the best breakthrough performance prize, following up on his Gothams breakthrough actor award on Monday night. Get Out (Universal) won two awards: directorial debut for Jordan Peele and best ensemble. The news caps a fine couple of days for Peele too, who was declared winner of the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award at the Gothams.
Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama Foxtrot (SPC) prevailed in the foreign-language category, while Pixar’s Coco (Disney) directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina was named best animation, and Brett Morgen’s Jane (Abramorama) won best documentary.
The National Board Of Review honourees will be celebrated at the annual National Board Of Review awards gala on January 9, 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Full list of National Board Of Review 2017 award recipients:
Best Film: The Post
Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Best Actor: Tom Hanks, The Post
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Post
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Best Directorial Debut: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Foreign Language Film: Foxtrot
Best Documentary: Jane
Best Ensemble: Get Out
Spotlight Award: Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: First They Killed My Father
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992
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