The National Board of Review, the only non-industry and non-journalist/critic group of note that passes out awards each year have announced their winners. They are notoriously secretive and hard to predict apart from three things: their eternal love for Clint Eastwood (even when no one else is loving him as with titles like Hereafter) so we knew Sully would be on their list; their recency bias (they love December releases historically more than Oscar); and their magical not-at-all suspicious divvying up of prizes to make sure each studio must purchases a table at their banquet.
Their top winner this year were Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea which won four awards and Moonlight which won two. No other film took multiple prizes though some received a prize plus a citation on one of their top five / top ten lists. Notable Oscar hopefuls that received no mentions whatsover: Jackie, Lion, Loving, Fences, Florence Foster Jenkins, Toni Erdmann and Love & Friendship.
The winners and list are after the jump...
Best Film: Manchester by the Sea
This prize nearly always correlates with a Best Picture nomination but we knew Manchester was headed there already.
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
They sometimes go out on crazy welcome limbs for performance awards but this year they stuck with people who are definitely in the hunt.
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
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Hidden Figures, Silence, and Patriot's Day all have two citations to help as advertisements when they open.
Top 10 Independent Films
20th Century Women
Eye in the Sky
Hello, My Name is Doris
Morris from America
No citation for The Witch or Love & Friendship? Boo!
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Land of Mine
It's worth noting that two of these are still in theaters (Elle and The Handmaiden so get to them quickly!) Julieta and Neruda and Land of Mine have not yet opened but will be hitting select theaters between December and February or so, depending on where you live. The only one that is not eligible for the Oscar correlative category is The Handmaiden since Korea submitted The Age of Shadows instead.
Top 5 Documentaries
The Eagle Huntress
Miss Sharon Jones!