The National Board of Review will announce the winners of its 2017 awards on Tuesday, November 28 and honor them at a gala dinner in New York City on Thursday, January 4. For the fourth year in a row, NBC newsman Willie Geist will emcee the ceremony.
In making the announcement NBR president Annie Schulhof said, “The NBR is thrilled to welcome the wonderful Willie Geist back to our annual celebration in January and to return to Cipriani, the evening’s longtime home. We look forward to being one of the first groups to announce and honor the best in year-end filmmaking achievements.”
The last time this group based in New York City comprised of “knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students” previewed the Best Picture Oscar winner was back in 2008 with “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Last year, “Manchester by the Sea” won Best Picture, Actor (Casey Affleck), Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) and Breakthrough Male Performance (Lucas Hedges). “Moonlight” claimed Director (Barry Jenkins) and Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris). Best Actress went to five-time Oscar also-ran Amy Adams (“Arrival) while Oscar champ Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) picked up Best Supporting Actor for his scene-stealing performance in “Hell or High Water.”
All four films featuring acting champs made the NBR’s list of “Top Films” as did “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Patriot’s Day,” “Silence” and “Sully.”