National Board of Review Winners Announced! Manchester by the Sea Named Best Film!

It was a night of firsts on January 4th as the U.S. National Board of Review handed down their annual film awards firstly with an unexpected Best Film win going to Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea and secondly with Barry Jenkins scooping Best Director for Moonlight. Jenkins is the first African American to win the coveted category. Casey Affleck continued his dominating run in the Best Actor category for Manchester by the Sea and Amy Adams surprised everyone by winning for Arrival. Jeff Bridges got the gong for Best Supporting Actor in Hell or High Water and Naomie Harris scooped Best Supporting Actress for her turn in Moonlight. Manchester by the Sea took out Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan and Silence took out Best Adapted for Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks. Kubo and the Two Strings won Best Animated Feature and O.J.: Made in America took out Best Documentary.

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

Top Films


Hacksaw Ridge

Hail, Caesar!

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land


Patriot’s Day



Top 5 Foreign Language Films


The Handmaiden


Land of Mine


Top 5 Documentaries

De Palma

The Eagle Huntress


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


Morris from America

Sing Street