US National Board of Review announces 2014 winners

A Most Violent Year takes Best Film.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor at Steve James' Best Documentary Life Itself premiere.
A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor at Steve James' Best Documentary Life Itself premiere. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The US National Board of Review announced J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year as this year's Best Film with Jessica Chastain as Best Supporting Actress and Oscar Isaac sharing Best Actor honors with Michael Keaton in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Clint Eastwood is awarded Best Director for American Sniper. Julianne Moore was named Best Actress in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's Still Alice. Breakthrough Performance goes to Jack O’Connell for his roles in David Mackenzie's Starred Up and Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. Paul Thomas Anderson won Best Adapted Screenplay for Inherent Vice, the first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel. Birdman's Edward Norton gets Best Supporting Actor.

The National Board of Review Awards Gala will take place on January 6, 2015

Here are this year's US National Board of Review Award Winners:

Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain for J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year.
Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain for J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Best Film

Best Director Best Actor Best Actor Best Actress
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay Best Animated Feature

Best Documentary Life Itself director Steve James.
Best Documentary Life Itself director Steve James. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Breakthrough Performance

Best Directorial Debut Best Foreign Language Film Best Documentary
  • Life Itself
William K. Everson Film History Award
  • Scott Eyman
Best Ensemble Spotlight Award
  • Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring in Top Five
NBR Freedom of Expression Award Creative Innovation in Filmmaking Award You can read about last year's awards here and here and read what Alessandro Nivola had to say about A Most Violent Year.

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