NBR Sets “Manchester” As 2016’s Best Film

The National Board of Review has announced its end of 2016 honors with “Manchester by the Sea” named Best Film. Surprisingly a couple of major awards season contenders were excluded – most notably “Jackie,” “Loving,” “Fences,” “Paterson,” “American Honey” and “Nocturnal Animals”. Here are this year’s winners:

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: 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 FIVE FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
“Elle”
“The Handmaiden”
“Julieta”
“Land of Mine”
“Neruda”

TOP FIVE DOCUMENTARIES
“De Palma”
“The Eagle Huntress”
“Gleason”
“Life, Animated”
“Miss Sharon Jones!”

TOP TEN INDEPENDENT FILMS
“20th Century Women”
“Captain Fantastic”
“Creative Control”
“Eye in the Sky”
“The Fits”
“Green Room”
“Hello, My Name is Doris”
“Keisha”
“Morris from America”
“Sing Street”