The National Board of Review is usually one of the first organizations to kick off film awards season, and it’s no different this year. The organization, made up of film enthusiasts, industry professionals, academics and filmmakers, announced its 2018 honorees Tuesday. Best Film went to Green Book, and the voting body also fueled the A Star Is Born hype train, giving the juggernaut musical drama three prizes, including Best Director for Bradley Cooper, as well as a slot among the organization’s top 10 films of the year.
While the National Board of Review awards aren’t a reliable Oscars predictor, they typically help define which films will get the most attention in the coming awards season. The big wins come as no surprise for A Star Is Born, although Green Book likely needed the boost following an underwhelming Thanksgiving box-office weekend, as well as the ongoing controversy around its regressive, Driving Miss Daisy-esque plot. Last year’s Best Film winner, Steven Spielberg’s The Post, scored only two Academy Award nominations after being the presumed frontrunner throughout awards season, though, so we’ll have to see whether Green Book can pick up more momentum in the coming months.
Check out the full winners list below. The honorees will be celebrated at the NBR Awards on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 in New York.
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 and 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