Now that awards season is in full swing, different branches of the film industry have began recognizing the year’s most outstanding achievements. Tuesday the National Board of Review released their official list of honorees for 2019.

Established in 1909, the National Board of Review has been a strong advocate for film, both as an art and entertainment. The group is made up of filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and students of the form. Last year, the NBR bestowed Green Book with their Best Picture honor and as we now know, that film went on to win the big one at the Academy Awards. Still, if you’re planning on using the NBR’s selections to help you win your Oscar pool this year, then you should know that the organization has a spotty track record when it comes to predicting which flick will walk away with Best Picture at the Oscars. Regardless, it’s always nice to see industry professionals spread the love around each year among the different awards bodies.

Here are this year’s award-winners as selected by the National Board of Review:

Best Film
The Irishman

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actress
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay
Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Breakthrough Performance
Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Best Directorial Debut
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim

Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Documentary

Best Ensemble
Knives Out

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Roger Deakins, 1917

NBR Icon Award
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino 

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
For Sama
Just Mercy

Top Films (in alphabetical order)
Dolemite Is My Name
Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell
Uncut Gems

Top Five Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
Invisible Life
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire 

Top Five Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
American Factory
Apollo 11
The Black Godfather 
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
The Farewell
Give Me Liberty
A Hidden Life
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Nightingale
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Souvenir
Wild Rose

What do you make of the National Board of Review’s picks for 2019? Do you agree with them? Do you think that there is another film more deserving of Best Picture this year? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!


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