Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Once again, the National Board of Review has selected a curious choice of films in its annual list of the best of the year. J. C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year surprises by taking three top awards; NBR favourite Clint Eastwood wins in an unpopular choice for Best Director for American Sniper. NYFCC winner and current Oscar frontrunner Boyhood fails to pick up a single award; faring even worse, unfortunately, is Ava DuVernay's Selma - the well-reviewed historical drama doesn't even appear on any of the group's Top 10 lists, although it does pick up a Freedom of Expression award. An encouraging point: between today's awards and yesterday's NYFCC, 2/2 winners for First Film / Directorial Debut are female, and I'm delighted to see the new feminist classic, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem in the Best Foreign Language Film mix. Full details below:

Best Film
  • A Most Violent Year
  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Fury
  • Gone Girl
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Nightcrawler
  • Unbroken

Best Director
Clint Eastwood (American Sniper)

Best Actor
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

Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Documentary
  • Life Itself
  • Art and Craft
  • Jodorowsky's Dune
  • Keep On Keepin' On
  • The Kill Team
  • Last Days in Vietnam

Best Foreign Language Film
  • Wild Tales
  • Force Majeure
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  • Leviathan
  • Two Days, One Night
  • We Are the Best!

Best Independent Film

  • 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

Best Directorial Debut
Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child)

Best Breakthrough Performance
Jack O'Connell (Starred Up / Unbroken)

Freedom of Expression Award

Spotlight Award
Chris Rock for writing, directing and starring (Top Five)

William K. Everson Film History Award
Scott Eyman