National Board of Review Names Scorsese's "The Irishman" Best Picture of the Year
Robert De Niro (r) and Joe Pesci in a scene from “The Irishman” (photo by Niko Tavernise/courtesy of Netflix)
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The National Board of Review unveiled its annual honors with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman earning Best Film distinction as well as Best Adapted Screenplay (Steve Zaillian). Quentin Tarantino earned the Best Director mantle for Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood, a film which also garnered Brad Pitt the Best Supporting Actor honor.

Adam Sandler won Best Actor for Uncut Gems while Rene Zellweger’s performance as Judy Garland in Judy scored the Best Actress honor.

Melina Matsoukas won Best Directorial Debut for Queen & Slim.

Best Foreign Language Film was Parasite, with Maiden named Best Documentary.

Roger Deakins earned Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for 1917.

The National Board of Review’s inaugural Icon Award will go to Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

The board additionally bestowed its Freedom of Expression Award on both the Death Row drama Just Mercy and the Syrian war documentary For Sama.

Honorees will be feted at the NBR Awards Gala on January 8, 2020. at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Here’s a rundown of National Board of Review winners:

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 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)
“Dolemite is My Name”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Knives Out”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
“Richard Jewell”
“Uncut Gems”

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
“Invisible Life”
“Pain and Glory”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
“American Factory”
“Apollo 11”
“The Black Godfather”
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese”

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
“The Farewell”
“Give Me Liberty”
“A Hidden Life”
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
The Nightingale”
“The Peanut Butter Falcon”
“The Souvenir”
“Wild Rose”

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