National Board of Review Names "Manchester by the Sea" Best Film of 2016 


"Manchester by the Sea" is off to a great start this awards season. The Kenneth Lonergan film was chosen as the Best Film of 2016 by the National Board of Review. Casey Affleck also won Best Actor and Lonergan took home the Best Screenplay award while Lucas Hedges was named the Breakthrough Performance (Male) of the Year.

(Check out my interview with Lucas Hedges for "Manchester by the Sea" here, and with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams here)

Check out the full list of the winners of this year's NBR awards:

Best Film:
“Manchester By the Sea”

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester By the Sea”

Best Actress: Amy Adams, “Arrival”

Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Best Supporting Actress: Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester By the Sea”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, “Silence”

Best Animated Feature: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Breakthrough Performance (Male): Lucas Hedges, “Manchester By the Sea”

Breakthrough Performance (Female): Royalty Hightower, “The Fits”

Best Directorial Debut: Trey Edward Shults, “Krisha”

Best Foreign Language Film:
“The Salesman”

Best Documentary:
“O.J.: Made in America”

Best Ensemble:
“Hidden Figures”

Spotlight Award:
Creative Collaboration of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Cameraperson”

Top Films
“Arrival”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Moonlight”
“Patriots Day”
“Silence”
“Sully”

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
“Elle”
“The Handmaiden”
“Julieta”
“Land of Mine”
“Neruda”

Top 5 Documentaries

“De Palma”
“The Eagle Huntress”
“Gleason”
“Life, Animated”
“Miss Sharon Jones!”

Top 10 Independent Films
“20th Century Women”
“Captain Fantastic”
“Creative Control”
“Eye in the Sky”
“The Fits”
“Green Room”
“Hello, My Name is Doris”
“Krisha”
“Morris from America”
“Sing Street”

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