The National Board of Review awards celebrated excellence in filmmaking with categories that included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Original and Adapted Screenplay, Breakthrough Performance, and Directorial Debut, as well as signature honors such as the Freedom of Expression and the inaugural NBR Icon Award. The awards gala was hosted January 8, 2020 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City.
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Host Willie Geist (Host of NBC News’ Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe) along with Kathy Bates (Best Supporting Actress: Richard Jewell); Roger Deakins (Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography;1917); Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis (Best Animated Feature; How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World); Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon,
Frank Oz (Best Ensemble; Knives Out); Paul Walter Hauser (Breakthrough Performance: Richard Jewell); Tracy Edwards, Alex Holmes (Best Documentary: Maiden); Bong Joon-ho (Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite); Melina Matsoukas (Best Directorial Debut: Queen & Slim); Brad Pitt (Best Supporting Actor: Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood); Adam Sandler (Best Actor: Uncut Gems); Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie,
Ronald Bronstein (Best Original Screenplay: Uncut Gems); Quentin Tarantino (Best Director: Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood); Steven Zaillian (Best Adapted Screenplay: The Irishman); Renée Zellweger (Best Actress: Judy); Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino (NBR Icon Award); Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts (NBR Freedom of Expression Award; For Sama); and Asher Goldstein, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Bryan Stevenson, (NBR Freedom of Expression Award; Just Mercy); and other attendees of the National Board of Review Awards included: Raney Aronson-Rath, Drew Barrymore, Ram Bergman, Kathryn Bigelow, Marie Brenner, Timothée Chalamet, Bradley Cooper, Whoopi Goldberg, Salma Hayek, Rian Johnson, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Tom McCarthy, Lupita Nyong’o, Bryan Pitts, Sam Rockwell, Jane Rosenthal, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Stevenson, Uma Thurman, Lena Waithe and more 2019 National Board of Review honorees and presenters.
For 110 years, the National Board of Review has dedicated its efforts to the support of cinema as both art and entertainment. One of the organization’s core values is identifying new talent and nurturing young filmmakers by awarding promising talent with ‘Directorial Debut’ and ‘Breakthrough Actor’ awards as well as grants to rising film students and by facilitating community outreach.
With its continued efforts to assist up-and-coming artists in completing and presenting their work, NBR honors its commitment to not just identifying the best that current cinema has to offer, but also ensuring the quality of films for future generations to come.