National Board of Review honors Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ as Best Film of 2017

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The American organization has crowned Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, about the Washington Post’s coverage of the Pentagon Papers, as its best film of 2017. “Lady Bird”, “Phantom Threat”, “The Disaster Artist” and “Get Out” were also among this year’s winners.

Things are looking good for Steven Spielberg and his latest movie “The Post”, one of the big favorites of the United States movie industry awards season. Amid the build-up to potential Golden Globe or Oscar nominations, the National Board of Review has picked the movie as its Best Film of 2017, while also crowning its lead actors, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

However, the veteran movie-maker didn’t bag the NBR’s prize for Best Director, which went to upcoming filmmaker Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”. Gerwig becomes the second female winner in the category since the creation of the National Board of Review, coming five years after Kathryn Bigelow’s win for “Zero Dark Thirty”. Bigelow also happens to be the only woman to have lifted the Best Director Oscar with her 2010 win for “The Hurt Locker”.

Other National Board of Review Award winners include the cast of “Get Out”, the screenplays of “Phantom Thread” and “The Disaster Artist”, and animated movie “Coco”.

“Dunkirk” and “Logan” among top 10 movies of 2017

Alongside its awards, the National Board of Review also published its list of the top 10 movies of 2017. As well as “The Post”. “Lady Bird” and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”, the list includes “Dunkirk” directed by Christopher Nolan, “Logan” by James Mangold, “Downsizing” by Alexander Payne, “Call Me By Your Name” by Luca Guadagnino, “Baby Driver” by Edgar Wright, “The Disaster Artist” by James Franco, “Phantom Threat” by Paul Thomas Anderson and “The Florida Project” by Sean S. Baker.

The National Board of Review Awards can’t be considered a reliable indicator of future Oscar wins. The last time that the two awards picked the same best picture was in 2008 with “Slumdog Millionaire”. In 2016, the National Board of Review picked “Manchester by the Sea” as its best film, whereas the Academy preferred “Moonlight”.

Still, NBR winners are often among the Academy Awards’ nominees. At the last Oscars, the Academy nominated seven of the movies honored by the National Board of Review.

National Board of Review Award winners 2017:
Best Film: “The Post”
Best Director: Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”
Best Actor: Tom Hanks for “The Post”
Best Actress: Meryl Streep for “The Post”
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe for “The Florida Project”
Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird”
Best Original Screenplay: “Phantom Thread” by Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Disaster Artist” by James Franco
Best Animated Feature: “Coco”
Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Foxtrot” by Samuel Maoz (Israel)
Best Cast Ensemble: “Get Out”
Spotlight Award : Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot for “Wonder Woman”
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