National Board Of Review Rewards “The Irishman” And Adam Sandler While “Marriage Story” Sweeps The Gothams

Earlier today, the National Board of Review (or NBR) chimed in as one of the early precursors, giving their picks for the best of 2019. In the weeks before Academy Award voters begin making their choices, wins here are an excellent feather in a film or performance’s cap. Today saw Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman take a nice early prize, while Adam Sandler surprised with a win in Best Actor from NBR for Uncut Gems. Of course, a Clint Eastwood movie made moves with them too, since that’s just how it goes… Below you will see not just what NBR opted to do, but also what yesterday’s Gotham Awards (spoiler alert: Marriage Story dominated) ended up being like, as well as the Annie Award nominations. This trifecta of precursors begins a steady stream of announcements that will begin to more solidly shape the Oscar race. First up, the NBR results: Best Film: THE IRISHMAN Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Best Actor: Adam Sandler, UNCUT GEMS Best Actress: Renée Zellweger, JUDY Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, UNCUT GEMS Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, THE IRISHMAN Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, RICHARD JEWELL Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, QUEEN & SLIM Best Animated Feature: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD Best Foreign Language Film: PARASITE Best Documentary: MAIDEN Best Ensemble: KNIVES OUT Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917 NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino NBR Freedom of Expression Award: FOR SAMA NBR Freedom of Expression Award: JUST MERCY Top Films (in alphabetical order) 1917 Dolemite is My Name Ford v Ferrari Jojo Rabbit Knives Out Marriage Story Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Richard Jewell Uncut Gems Waves Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order) Atlantics Invisible Life Pain and Glory Portrait of a Lady on Fire Transit Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order) American Factory Apollo 11 The Black Godfather Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Wrestle Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order) The Farewell Give Me Liberty A Hidden Life Judy The Last Black Man in San Francisco Midsommar The Nightingale The Peanut Butter Falcon The Souvenir Wild Rose Also, the Gotham Awards were on Monday evening and saw Marriage Story pull off a sweep. Here are the full results: 2019 IFP Gotham Awards – Winners BEST FEATURE Marriage Story (Netflix) BEST ACTOR Adam Driver Marriage Story (Netflix) BEST ACTRESS Awkwafina The Farewell (A24) BEST DOCUMENTARY American Factory Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, directors; Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert, Julie Parker Benello, producers (Netflix) BEST SCREENPLAY Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR Taylor Russell Waves (A24) AUDIENCE AWARD Marriage Story [...]