National Board of Review heavily rewards “Manchester by the Sea”

Casey Affleck alone  Manchester by the Sea
The precursors are coming in hot and heavy folks. Yesterday, the National Board of Review chimed in with their picks. Also, the Satellite nominations came out, so I’ll share them with you as well. First up, as you’ll see below, NBR basically crowned Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea in as many places as they could. This more or less continues to solidify it as a Best Picture nominee when the Oscars come around. As expected, Casey Affleck took Best Actor for the film as well, with Lonergan getting Best Original Screenplay, while Lucas Hedges was Breakthrough Male. Barry Jenkins got a Best Director prize for Moonlight, which also saw Naomie Harris win Best Supporting Actress. Also of note was Amy Adams getting Best Actress for Arrival, Jeff Bridges winning Best Supporting Actor for Hell or High Water, as well as Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese scoring in Best Adapted Screenplay for Silence. As for the Satellites, they nominated La La Land over a dozen times, so expect that one to do very well there…

Here now are the full results from the National Board of Review’s announcement:

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: Cameraperson

Top Films:

Hacksaw Ridge
Hail, Caesar!
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Patriots 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

Casey Affleck  with kidManchester by the Sea

Here now are the Satellite nominations, though only their film centric ones:

Special Achievement Award Recipients

Mary Pickford Award: Edward James Olmos
Tesla Award: John Toll
Auteur Award: Tom Ford
Humanitarian Award: Patrick Stewart
Best First Feature: Russudan Glurjidze for “House of Others”
Best Ensemble: (Motion Picture) Hidden Figures

Actress in a Motion Picture

Annette Bening – 20th Century Woman
Emma Stone – La La Land
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Ruth Negga – Loving
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Nocturnal Animals

Actor in a Motion Picture

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Snowden
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences

Actress in a Supporting Role

Helen Mirren – Eye in the Sky
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Naomi Harris – Moonlight
Viola Davis – Fences

Actor in a Supporting Role

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Dev Patel – Lion
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Eddie Murphy – Mr. Church
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Motion Picture

La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Nocturnal Animals
Captain Fantastic
Hidden Figures

Motion Picture, International Film

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Finland)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)
Julieta (Spain)
A Man Called Ove (Sweden)
The Salesman (Iran)
The Ardennes (Belgium)
Ma’ Rosa (Philippines)
The Handmaiden (South Korea)
Elle (France)
Paradise (Russia)

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media Title of Film

Kubo and the Two Strings
Finding Dory
My Life As a Zucchini
The Jungle Book
The Red Turtle
Miss Hokusai
Your Name

Motion Picture, Documentary

Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
The Ivory Game
The Eagle Huntress
Fire at Sea
Zero Days
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week


Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Pablo Larrain – Jackie
Denzel Washington – Fences

Screenplay, Original

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water
Matt Ross – Captain Fantastic
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou – The Lobster

Screenplay, Adapted

Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan – Hacksaw Ridge
Luke Davis – Lion
Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone – Snowden
Justin Marks – The Jungle Book
Allison Schroeder – Hidden Figures
Todd Komarnicki – Sully

Original Score

Rupert Gregson Williams – Hacksaw Ridge
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Lesley Barber – Manchester by the Sea
John Williams – The BFG
John Debney – The Jungle Book
Hans Zimmer – Hidden Figures

Original Song

“Audition” – La La Land
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“Dancing with Your Shadow ” – Po
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“I’m Still Here” – Miss Sharon Jones
“Running” – Hidden Figures


John Toll – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
James Laxton – Moonlight
Simon Duggan – Hacksaw Ridge
Jani-Petteri Passi – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
Bill Pope – The Jungle Book

Visual Effects

The Jungle Book
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Doctor Strange

Film Editing

Tom Cross – La La Land
Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders – Moonlight
Tim Squyres – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Alexandre de Francheschi – Lion
John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
Steven Rosenblum – The Birth of a Nation

Sound (Editing and Mixing)

La La Land
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Hacksaw Ridge
The Jungle Book
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Art Direction and Production Design

David Wasco – La La Land
Barry Robinson – Hacksaw Ridge
Jean Rabasse – Jackie
Christophe Glass – The Jungle Book
Gary Freeman – Allied
Dan Hennah – Alice Through the Looking Glass

Costume Design

Colleen Atwood – Alice Through the Looking Glass
Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship
Courtney Hoffman – Captain Fantastic
Madeline Fontaine – Jackie
Mary Zophres – La La Land
Alexandra Byrne – Doctor Strange

As always, be sure to stay tuned for more precursors!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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