National Board of Review awards: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ wins 4 including Best Picture, ‘Moonlight’ takes 2

The National Board of Review announced its winners on Tuesday (Nov. 29). “Manchester by the Sea” won Best Picture, Actor (Casey Affleck), Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) and Breakthrough Male Performance (Lucas Hedges). “Moonlight,” which edged out “Manchester” at the Gotham Awards on Monday, claimed Director (Barry Jenkins) and Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris). But Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” was limited to inclusion in the Top Films roster.

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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.”

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The cast of “Hidden Figures” was feted with the Ensemble Award. “Silence” director Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks won the Adapted Screenplay award.

“Patriot’s Day” director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg received the Spotlight Award for “outstanding creative collaboration.”

Best Animated Feature went to “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Best Foreign-Language Film was”The Salesman” and Best Documentary Feature was “O.J.: Made in America.” All  are considered strong contenders in those categories at the Oscars.

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