Tuesday, December 1, 2015

National Board of Review Announces 2015 Award Winners

2015 Gala to be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 hosted by Willie Geist

The National Board of Review has named Mad Max: Fury Road the 2015 Best Film of the Year.

NBR President Annie Schulhof said, “2015 has been a banner year for popular cinema. We are thrilled to be awarding George Miller and Ridley Scott, two iconic filmmakers at the top of their game, while also celebrating the next generation of talent.”

The 2015 William K Everson Film History Award recipient is Cecilia De Mille Presley, the granddaughter of legendary director, Cecil B. DeMille. As Vice Chair of the National Film Preservation Foundation, she has devoted her life to film preservation. In honor of her grandfather’s legacy she has co-authored the book CECIL B. DEMILLE: THE ART OF THE HOLLYWOOD EPIC.

For 106 years, the National Board of Review has dedicated its efforts to the support of domestic and foreign cinema as both art and entertainment. This year, over 250 films (studio, independent, foreign-language, animated, and documentary) were viewed by this select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students. These screenings were frequently followed by in-depth discussions with directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP.

The National Board of Review honors diverse members of the film community at their annual Awards Gala, which also acts as a fundraiser for student grant philanthropy. Hosted by Willie Geist, this year’s gala will take place on January 5, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film
Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Director
Ridley Scott – The Martian

Best Actor
Matt Damon – The Martian

Best Actress
Brie Larson – Room

Best Supporting Actor
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Best Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight

Best Adapted Screenplay
Drew Goddard – The Martian

Best Animated Feature
Inside Out

Breakthrough Performance
Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation & Jacob Tremblay – Room

Best Directorial Debut
Jonas Carpignano – Mediterranea

Best Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul

Best Documentary

William K. Everson Film History Award
Cecilia De Mille Presley

Best Ensemble
The Big Short

Spotlight Award
Sicario, for Outstanding Collaborative Vision

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
Beasts of No Nation & Mustang

Top Films
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
The Martian
Straight Outta Compton

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Goodnight Mommy
The Second Mother
The Tribe

Top 5 Documentaries
Best of Enemies
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Diplomat
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence

Top 10 Independent Films
45 Years
Cop Car
Ex Machina
It Follows
James White
Mississippi Grind
Welcome to Me
While We’re Young

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