‘Manchester by the Sea’ Leads National Board of Review Awards


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Casey Affleck’s acclaimed new movie Manchester by the Sea has been named the Film of the Year by America’s National Board of Review.

The indie drama has picked up four honors, including Best Actor for Affleck and Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan, while another Oscars front-runner, Moonlight, scores Barry Jenkins a Best Director honor and a Best Supporting Actress award for Naomie Harris.


Other big wins include a Best Actress for Amy Adams in Arrival and Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water.

The National Board of Review will present its awards at a ceremony in New York on January 4.

Last year, officials at the Board of Review surprised film experts by picking Mad Max: Fury Road as the film of the year. The movie went on to win six Oscars.

The full list of 2016 winners is:

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

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


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