National Board of Review & New York Film Critics Awards 2017: Clear Favorites Take Their Places

I just got into the Gotham Independent Film Awards and what they meant for awards season, and we’ve already got two more groups to discuss! See how quick this happens?

The National Board Of Review is up first. Now, they aren’t always the best predictor of Best Feature (the last correct pick was Slumdog Millionaire), but every winner since then has at least been one of the nominees except for A Most Violent Year in 2014. The NBR winner this year is Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which is looking to make quite the showing throughout awards season. Not only did Spielberg’s journalism film take the top prize, but Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep also won Best Actor and Best Actress as well.

Lady Bird took home Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Greta Gerwig and Laurie Metcalf, while Willem Dafoe’s performance won the supporting award for The Florida Project. Paul Thomas Anderson won Original Screenplay for Phantom Thread, while The Disaster Artist won the award for Adapted Screenplay. A few other highlights include Coco winning Animated Feature, Timothee Chalamet winning Breakthrough Performance for Call Me By Your Name, and Jordan Peele winning Directorial Debut for Get Out.

The full list of awards (including their top ten of the year, which features the likes of Baby Driver and Dunkirk as well) can be found here.

The New York Film Critics Circle has also revealed their awards for the year, and you just might recognize a few familiar names. Lady Bird finally takes the top prize, racking up the film’s first Best Picture of the season, and Saorise Ronan snags another Best Actress. Where Gerwig misses out on Best Director, Sean Baker and The Florida Project swoop in, also securing another Supporting Actor award for Willem Dafoe. Timothee Chalamet makes a big impact by winning Best Lead Actor for Call Me By Your Name, but the biggest surprise is Tiffany Haddish from Girls Trip winning for Best Supporting Actress. The NYFCC does not distinguish between adapted and original, so Paul Thomas Anderson wins Best Screenplay for Phantom ThreadCoco and Jordan Peele win Animated Feature and Best First Film respectively (again), and the Netflix film Mudbound and Rachel Morrison bring home Best Cinematography, the first woman to win the award amongst this group.

The full list of NYFCC awards can be found here.

It’s clear that we need to prepare for a few key films to battle at the top. Awards season tends to work in rivalries, such as Moonlight and La La Land or Birdman and Boyhood, and the frontrunners for that position seem to be Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name. Just because NYFCC shut out The Post doesn’t mean you should count out the film, and any film with Spielberg, Hanks, and Streep is going to be a contender. Great showings from Get Out and The Florida Project will keep them on many shortlists as well, while Coco seems like an early lock for a win.

Stay tuned for more awards coverage!

Nick Potter

Co-founder of The Filmsmiths. Degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts with a minor in Cinema Studies from Central Michigan University. Pretty much the barbecue sauce of people but I'm doing my best.

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