Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NBR pipes up for 'A Most Violent Year'

The significance of the National Board of Review is always debated when they chime in each December. Since it isn't really a critic group or an industry organization, they can sometimes make choices that will certainly not be reflected by the Academy two months down the road. Then again, sometimes those odd choices can serve as a nifty exposure boost for a low-profile contender (remember Jacky Weaver back in 2010?)

This year, it's J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year that could benefit the most from their singular taste, picking up mentions for stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in addition to the Best Film honour. As a small film just on the outside of the Best Picture bubble (kinda like Chandor's All Is Lost, ultimately an under-seen awards disappointment last year), this could do a real service to the film.
Gotta say I'm happy for Isaac, whose turn in Inside Llewyn Davis didn't get nearly the attention it deserved last year, but he wasn't alone as the Board's Best Actor choice. Michael Keaton -- less than 24 hours after triumphing at last night's Gotham Awards -- shared the distinction for his remarkable Birdman performance. His co-star Edward Norton joins him in the winners' circle with a Best Supporting Actor win.

Julianne Moore may be on a march to Oscar for her highly praised performance in Still Alice, and a Best Actress victory with the NBR is as good a place to start as any.

Most confusing to me is The LEGO Movie winning Original Screenplay and cracking the top eleven, only to lose Animated Film to How to Train Your Dragon 2... not that I'm complaining.

Get a loud of all the winners:

Best Film: A Most Violent Year
Best Director: Clint Eastwood - American Sniper
Best Actor: Oscar Isaac - A Most Violent Year and Michael Keaton - Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton - Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Best Adapted Screenplay: Inherent Vice
Best Original Screenplay: The LEGO Movie
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Breakthrough Performance: Jack O'Connell - Starred Up and Unbroken
Best Ensemble: Fury
Best Directorial Debut: Gillian Robespierre - Obvious Child
Best Foreign Language Film: Wild Tales
Best Documentary: Life Itself
William K. Everson Film History Award: Scott Eyman
Spotlight Award: Chris Rock for writing, directing and starring in Top Five
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Rosewater

Top 10
American Sniper
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The LEGO Movie

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem
Two Days, One Night
We Are the Best!

Top 5 Documentaries
Art and Craft
Jodorowsky's Dune
Keep On Keepin' On
The Kill Team
Last Days in Vietnam

Top 10 Independent Films
Blue Ruin
A Most Wanted Man
Mr. Turner
Obvious Child
The Skeleton Twins
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Starred Up
Still Alice


  1. Well shit, son. The LEGO Movie wins Best Original Screenplay! Now you HAVE to see it.

    1. I always 'had' to see it, but not because it wins an NBR award. Because it's gonna get nominated for an Academy Award. But I'm in no rush.