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Earlier this week, the National Board of Review hosted their annual awards dinner at Ciprinai 42nd Street hosted by Willie Geist, celebrating excellence in filmmaking as well as naming their signature honors, Freedom of Expression, and the NBR Spotlight Award recipients Patty Jenkins & Gal Gadot.

Presenters and attendees included Christiane Amanpour, Sean Baker, Gio Benitez, Jason Blum, Ken Burns, Eli Bush, Kate Capshaw, Stephen Colbert, Robert DeNiro, Tommy Didario, Tina Fey, Geoffrey Fletcher, Dave Franco, James Franco, Whoopi Goldberg, Grace Gummer, Armie Hammer, Liz Hannah, Isabelle Huppert, Tamara Jenkins, Julianna Margulies, Lupita Nyong’o, Saoirse Ronan, Harriet Sansom Harris, Josh Singer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jim Taylor, Rita Wilson among others.

Each November, the Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards and scholastic cinephile association, get together and share their picks. This is the 108th year that The National Board of Review has collectively shared their winner’s list and this year viewed 265 films.

Not on the list are Oscar hopefuls, “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Battle of the Sexes.”

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Winners List

  • Best Director recipient, Greta Gerwig
  • Best Actor recipient, Tom Hanks
  • Best Actress recipient, Meryl Streep
  • Best Supporting Actor recipient, Willem Dafoe
  • Best Supporting Actress recipient, Laurie Metcalf
  • Best Screenplay recipient, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Best Adapted Screenplay recipients, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  • Best Breakthrough Performance recipient, Timothée Chalamet
  • Best Directorial Debut recipient, Jordan Peele
  • Freedom of Expression recipients John Ridley, Loung Ung, and Angelina Jolie
  • Best Animated Feature recipient, Lee Unkrich
  • Best Film recipients Steven Spielberg, Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger
  • Best Documentary recipient Brett Morgen
  • Best Foreign Language Film recipient Samuel Maoz
  • Best Ensemble recipients Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Betty Gabriel, Stephen Root and LilRel Howery

Top 10 Independent Films

  • BEATRIZ AT DINNER
  • BRIGSBY BEAR
  • A GHOST STORY
  • LADY MACBETH
  • LOGAN LUCKY
  • LOVING VINCENT
  • MENASHE
  • NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER
  • PATTI CAKE$
  • WIND RIVER

Top 5 Documentaries

  • ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
  • BRIMSTONE & GLORY
  • ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS
  • FACES PLACES
  • HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS

Top Films

  • BABY DRIVER
  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  • THE DISASTER ARTIST
  • DOWNSIZING
  • DUNKIRK
  • THE FLORIDA PROJECT
  • GET OUT
  • LADY BIRD
  • LOGAN
  • PHANTOM THREAD