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article imageNational Board of Review top prize goes to 'A Most Violent Year'

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 2, 2014 in Entertainment
New York - The National Board of Review has just served up some interesting winners on the road to Oscar glory. Besides a tie for the top acting prize, their best film went to "A Most Violent Year."
The film is indeed what it says. "A Most Violent Year, according to IMDB: In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.
The film was written and directed by J.C. Chandor and stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo. Isaac and Chastain also come home winner here (see list). In fact, Isaac is sharing his award with Michael Keaton in "Birdman."
“'A Most Violent Year' is an exhilarating crime drama with a compelling story, outstanding performances, and an elegant cinematic style,” said Annie Schulhof, NBR President, in a release. “J.C. Chandor has given us a new and provocative perspective on the American Dream.”
Not always an Oscar indicator, these surely invoke discussion. They are known for throwing the train off the track with some winners. Lat year, the top film went to "Her."
They have 10 nominees in the best film category, and name one winner, so that means 11. When one thinks about it, there is a boatload of best films here with the lists, including documentary, foreign language and 10 in the independent category.
Like the Oscars, an animated film can compete in the top film category and "The LEGO Movie" does that here. That means "How to Train Your Dragon 2" wins one with The National Board of Review. Chances are "The LEGO Movie" nabs Oscar in the animated category. Here it competed with the big guns.
The list of nominees are the usual suspects and films that will go on an get nominated as the award season progresses.
BEST PICTURE
"A Most Violent Year"
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES
"American Sniper"
"Birdman"
"Boyhood"
"Fury"
"Gone Girl"
"The Imitation Game"
"Inherent Vice"
"The Lego Movie"
"Nightcrawler"
"Unbroken"
BEST DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper"
BEST DOCUMENTARY
"Life Itself"
BEST DOCUMENTARY NOMINEES
"Art and Craft"
"Jodorowsky's Dune"
"Keep On Keepin' On"
"The Kill Team"
"Last Days in Vietnam"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Wild Tales"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE NOMINEES
"Force Majeure"
"Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem"
"Leviathan"
"Two Days One Night"
"We Are the Best!"
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 and Christopher Miller - "The Lego Movie"
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Paul Thomas Anderson - "Inherent Vice"
BEST ENSEMBLE
"Fury"
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
BEST 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"
SPOTLIGHT AWARD
Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring in "Top Five"
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES
Jack O'Connell - "Starred Up" and "Unbroken"
DEBUT DIRECTOR
Gillian Robespierre - "Obvious Child"
WILLIAM K. EVERSON FILM HISTORY AWARD
Scott Eyman
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
"Rosewater"
"Selma"
Here is how they think of themselves, as the release stated. A select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students, the National Board of Review viewed over 272 films this year including studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary selections.
The awards will be handed out Jan. 6, 2015 in New York.
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