National Board of Review shocker: ‘A Most Violent Year’ wins Best Picture

The National Board of Review went its own way Tuesday, naming “A Most Violent Year” as Best Picture, awarding its star Oscar Isaac as Best Actor, and presenting co-star Jessica Chastain with Best Supporting Actress (See the full list of winners here.)

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On Monday, the New York Film Critics Circle went with “Boyhood” for Best Picture. Though Richard Linklater‘s coming-of-age film didn’t win any awards from NBR, it was listed among the group’s top 10 films of the year.

The rest of the group’s top 10 films of the year were “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Fury,” “Gone Girl,” “The Imitation Game,” “Inherent Vice,” “The Lego Movie,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Unbroken.”

For Best Actor, Isaac tied with “Birdman” star Michael Keaton. That film also won Best Supporting Actor for Edward Norton and made the list of NBR’s top ten films.

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Best Actress went to current Oscar frontrunner Julianne Moore, who plays a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice.”

NBR put Clint Eastwood on the board this awards season, awarding him Best Director for “American Sniper.” He previously won NBR’s directing prize for “Invictus,” in addition to an acting award for “Gran Torino” and a special achievement award for his producing, directing, acting, and music composition in “Million Dollar Baby.”

The Original Screenplay award went to “The Lego Movie.” However, despite the fact that it was also among the year’s top 10 films, the stop-motion blockbuster lost Best Animated Feature to “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

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Best Adapted Screenplay was awarded to Paul Thomas Anderson for taking on Thomas Pynchon‘s novel “Inherent Vice.”

Best Documentary went to the Roger Ebert biography “Life Itself,” which was also announced to have made the shortlist for the Documentary Feature Oscar. The Foreign Film award was bestowed on “Wild Tales,” which is also Argentina’s official entry for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film race.

Chris Rock was honored with the Spotlight Award for writing, directing, and starring in the comedy “Top Five,” while a pair of films tackling true-life political subjects won Freedom of Expression Awards: “Rosewater” and “Selma.”

Young breakout star Jack O’Connell was given the Breakthrough Performance Award for a pair of roles: as Olympian-turned-World War II POW Louis Zamperini in “Unbroken,” and as a violent prisoner transfered from juvenile detention to adult prison in “Starred Up,” which was also among NBR’s top 10 independent films.

Best Directorial Debut went to Gillian Robespierre for the comedy “Obvious Child,” while the cast of “Fury” took Best Ensemble.

Several major Oscar contenders were completely shut out by the NBR, including “The Theory of Everything,” “Wild,” “Whiplash,” and “Foxcatcher.”

Last year, NBR went out on a limb, awarding Best Picture and Best Director to the futuristic romance “Her.” That film went on to score an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and a win for Best Original Screenplay. Could “A Most Violent Year” also leap to the Oscar forefront? Use our drag-and-drop menu below to predict Best Picture.

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