86th Annual National Board of Review Awards


The National Board of Review (NBR) announced their 2014 awards with giving away the Best Film award to A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, written, directed and co-produced by J. C. Chandor whereas the Best Director award went to Clint Eastwood for American Sniper. A Most Violent Year winning the Best Film award was quite unexpected as there was no award buzz for this film but people might start to notice it more now.

Last year, none of the NBR winners won the Oscar. Let’s see what happens this year.

Here is the complete list of winners:


Best Director: Clint Eastwood, AMERICAN SNIPER

Best Actor [tie]: Oscar Isaac, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR and 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 Animated Feature: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Breakthrough Actor: Jack O’Connell, STARRED UP and UNBROKEN

Best Directorial Debut: Gillian Robespierre, OBVIOUS CHILD

Best Foreign Language Film: WILD TALES

Best Documentary: LIFE ITSELF

William K. Everson Film History Award: Scott Eyman

Best Ensemble: FURY

Spotlight Award: Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring TOP FIVE

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: ROSEWATER and SELMA

Top Films (in alphabetical order):

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

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order):

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

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):

  • Art and Craft
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • Keep On Keepin’ On
  • The Kill Team
  • Last Days in Vietnam

Top Independent Films

  • 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