TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - November 28, 2018
Though their pick for the best film of the year hasn't aligned with the Academy's opinion since 2008's Slumdog Millionaire, the National Board of Review has long been the best first indicator of what films we should expect to compete for Oscars early the next year. For example, last year they gave three of their top five prizes to The Post, a film nominated for only two Oscars. So take their selections with a grain of salt.
For 2018, the NBR has awarded Peter Farrelly's Green Book the top prize, with its lead actor Viggo Mortensen also taking the Best Actor award for his performances as an offensively stereotypical early '60s Brooklyn mook named "Vinnie the Lip," who learns that racism is bad thanks to his friendship with an articulate, talented, well-regarded in social circles black dude. And in case you were wondering if that was a typo, this was indeed directed by a Farrelly brother, not unlike that time one of the Zucker Brothers got suddenly respectable because he directed Ghost.
Academy darling Bradley Cooper picked up the Best Director award for his better-than-it-had-any-right-to-be remake of A Star is Born, and I guarantee he's on his way to an Oscar, either for Best Actor or Best Director. Cooper's co-stars Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott took home the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards, and hopefully that means that Elliott is on his way to his first Oscar nomination. It's a god damned sin he doesn't already have an Oscar for his Road House.
Check out the complete list of winners below, along with their annual lists of the Best Films of the Year in several categories. It's very nice to see The Death of Stalin get some love as it's my favorite movie of the year...
Best Film: GREEN BOOK
Best Director: Bradley Cooper, A STAR IS BORN
Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen, GREEN BOOK
Best Actress: Lady Gaga, A STAR IS BORN
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A STAR IS BORN
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader, FIRST REFORMED
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Best Animated Feature: INCREDIBLES 2
Breakthrough Performance: Thomasin McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE
Best Directorial Debut: Bo Burnham, EIGHTH GRADE
Best Foreign Language Film: COLD WAR
Best Documentary: RBG
Best Ensemble: CRAZY RICH ASIANS
William K. Everson Film History Award: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND and THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: 22 JULY
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: ON HER SHOULDERS
Top Films (in alphabetical order)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born
Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
Happy as Lazzaro
Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
Crime + Punishment
Minding the Gap
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
The Death of Stalin
Lean on Pete
Leave No Trace
The Old Man & the Gun
Sorry to Bother You
We the Animals
You Were Never Really Here