JC Chandor's A Most Violent Year surprised by winning three awards at the National Board of Review on Tuesday afternoon. Its two leads, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, were also honored for the film. There were some other surprises as well (Eastwood...really...), and it's exciting to have something crashing the race as December begins.
Best Picture: A Most Violent Year
I am as surprised by this as I was with Her last year.
Best Director: Clint Eastwood, American Sniper
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. The NBR honors Clint a lot. It's rather disheartening to see him take the spot of some other deserving director coming up this year.
Best Actor: (tie) Michael Keaton, Birdman & Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year
Keaton has two wins under his belt.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton, Birdman
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Best Original Screenplay: The LEGO Movie
Best Adapted Screenplay: Inherent Vice
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Breakthrough Performance: Jack O'Connell, Unbroken
Best Foreign Language Film: Wild Tales
Best Documentary Feature: Life Itself
Best Directorial Debut: Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child
It's great to have 2 women take the first two debut directing awards this year (Jennifer Kent won at the NYFCC for The Babadook)
Best Ensemble: Fury
Spotlight Award: Chris Rock for writing, starring in, and directing Top Five
National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award: Selma & Rosewater
Top Ten Films of the Year:
The Imitation Game
The Lego Movie
Top Five Foreign Language Film:
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem
Two Days, One Night
We Are the Best!
Top Ten Independent Films of the Year:
A Most Wanted Man
The Skeleton Twins
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors