The National Board of Review names A Most Violent Year the best film of 2014

J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year.

The National Board of Review is an interesting, Clint Eastwood-loving bunch. They like to pick films that are slightly left-of-centre, sometimes controversial, that are in the awards season mix but probably wouldn’t grab the top prize usually. In 2013 they gave Best Picture and Director to Spike Jonze for Her. In 2012, around the time that the atrocious take-down of Zero Dark Thirty was starting to simmer, they gave Kathryn Bigelow and the film the two top prizes.

In today’s announcement, they have gone for the surprise again, awarding J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year (December 31 in the US, February 26 in Australia) with Best Picture, and Clint Eastwood with Best Director for American Sniper (December 25 limited release in the US, January 22 in Australia) , another late breaker into the race. The full list of winners follow:

Best Film  A Most Violent Year
Best Director Clint Eastwood – American Sniper
Best Actor (TIE) Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year; Michael Keaton – Birdman
Best Actress Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor  Edward Norton – Birdman
Best Supporting Actress  Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Best Original Screenplay  Phil Lord & Christopher Miller – The Lego Movie
Best Adapted Screenplay  Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Best Animated Feature  How to Train Your Dragon 2
Breakthrough Performance  Jack O’Connell – Starred Up & Unbroken
Best Directorial Debut  Gillian Robespierre – Obvious Child
Best Foreign Language Film  Wild Tales
Best Documentary  Life Itself
William K. Everson Film History Award  Scott Eyman
Best Ensemble Fury
Spotlight Award  Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring in – Top Five
NBR Freedom of Expression Award  Rosewater
NBR Freedom of Expression Award  Selma

Top Films

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Fury
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Lego Movie
Nightcrawler
Unbroken

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem
Leviathan
Two Days, One Night
We Are the Best!

 Top 5 Documentaries

Art and Craft
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Keep On Keepin’ On
The Kill Team
Last Days in Vietnam

Top 10 Independent Films

Blue Ruin
Locke
A Most Wanted Man
Mr. Turner
Obvious Child
The Skeleton Twins
Snowpiercer
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Starred Up
Still Alice

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