The complete list of National Board of Review winners has ignited a firestorm of both cheers and boos from our dedicated forum posters. Topping the raves is the news that Amy Adams was able to prevail as Best Actress for the sci-fi flick “Arrival.” And the strange omission of “Fences” leads our readers’ gripes of major snubs. While it’s true the NBR doesn’t have a stellar track record of predicting the Oscar winners, it’s still regarded as one of the key tea leaves for nominations that we pundits like to analyze each year. Below, read the top reactions from our forum posters and then join the National Board of Review discussion to have your say.
Tyler The Awesome Guy: Amy Adams, Kubo and “Silence” are my favourite choices.
pacinofan: Amy Adams!?! Nothing for “Fences” and it does not even make the Top Ten. Perhaps more surprising is nothing for “Jackie” either.
leothescorpio: “Moonlight” YAASSS.” & “
GusCruz: I thought “Jackie” would miss out because they also snubbed “Carol” last year. It’s the “Fences” snub that shocks me, especially when we have numerous reports of people going nuts at screenings. It’s a mainstream film, unlike “Jackie,” and the sort they usually award. Like, no Viola Davis?
Bee: “Patriots Day” and “Hacksaw Ridge”? Laawwddd. Ugh. “Hidden Figures” got some love from this and a lot from the Satellites. Wow. Yaaasss to Naomie Harris. Shook that “Jackie” missed out. “Fences” out. No “Lion.” No “Loving.” “Moonlight” getting its rightful directing award. But I’ll take all of these with a grain of salt.
AMG: Last year, NBR’s Best Film and four of the Best Film runners-up made it into Best Picture [at the Oscars]. Same this year?
Atypical: Pretty uninspiring top ten list. “Hacksaw Ridge”??? The shutout of “Fences” and the near-snub of “La La Land” will both be talking points. Good news for “Manchester by the Sea” and Teflon Affleck. Feels like a missed opportunity not picking one of the “Moonlight” guys for Breakthrough (Male) Performance.
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