Fri. Jul 10th, 2020

‘The Irishman’ Named Best Film by National Board of Review, ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,’ ‘Richard Jewell’ Also Winners

Netflix’s The Irishman has been named the best film of 2019 by the National Board of Review, it was announced Tuesday.


The pic was also honored with best adapted screenplay, for writer Steven Zaillian, with director Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino set to receive an Icon Award, which NBR introduced this year to honor “cinematic artists who have contributed meaningfully to the history, culture, and excellence of motion pictures.”


The NBR honors for Scorsese’s highly anticipated, long-in-the-works crime epic come after the film was recognized with nominations for the AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards and honors at the Palm Springs and Santa Barbara film festivals and Hollywood Film Awards. The Irishman has received stellar reviews, boasting a 96 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is currently streaming on Netflix after hitting theaters on Nov. 1.



The latest winners will be recognized during a Jan. 8 gala at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street, hosted, as they were last year, by NBC News’ Willie Geist.

A full list of this year’s awards recipients follows.

Best Film
The Irishman

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 Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Documentary

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
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 Five Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
Invisible Life
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Top Five 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

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Netflix
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