Special Movie Report: Gotham Awards, National Board of Review honors announced

Award season is in full swing.

Last night the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards, which exclusively honors indie movies and low-budget productions took place. Today, meanwhile, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures organization announced its best picks in film from 2018.

During the Gotham Awards, a variety of films were honored at the ceremony, with the Chloe Zhao directed movie “The Rider” taking the top spot. The films “Eighth Grade” and “First Reformed” also had success, taking two awards each.

The full list of winners was:

  • Best Feature – The Rider.
  • Best Actor – Ethan Hawke, First Reformed.
  • Best Actress – Toni Collette, Hereditary.
  • Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director – Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade.
  • Breakthrough Actor – Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade.
  • Audience Award – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  • Best Screenplay – Paul Schrader, First Reformed.
  • Best Documentary – Hale County This Morning, This evening.

In today’s announcement from the National Board of Review,

  • Best Film –  Green Book.
  • Best Director: Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born.
  • Best Actor – Viggo Mortensen, Green Book.
  • Best Actress – Lady Gaga, A Star is Born.
  • Best Supporting Actor – Sam Elliott, A Star is Born.
  • Best Supporting Actress – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk.
  • Best Original Screenplay – Paul Schrader, First Reformed.
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk.
  • Best Animated Feature – Incredibles 2.
  • Breakthrough Performance – Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace.
  • Best Directorial Debut – Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade.
  • Best Foreign Language Film – Cold War.
  • Best Documentary – RGB
  • Best Ensemble – Crazy Rich Asians
  • William K. Everson Film History Award – The Other Side of the Wind and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead.
  • NBR Freedom of Expression Award: 22 JULY
  • NBR Freedom of Expression Award: ON HER SHOULDERS

Top Films

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Eighth Grade
  • First Reformed
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • A Quiet Place
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

  • Burning
  • Custody
  • The Guilty
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • Shoplifters

Top 5 Documentaries

  • Crime + Punishment
  • Free Solo
  • Minding the Gap
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Top 10 Independent Films

  • The Death of Stalin
  • Lean on Pete
  • Leave No Trace
  • Mid90s
  • The Old Man & the Gun
  • The Rider
  • Searching
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • We the Animals
  • You Were Never Really Here

At the box office this weekend, it was Disney’s animated sequel dominating the competition. The “Wreck-It Ralph” follow-up earned more than $56 million at the box office, finishing ahead of another sequel, “Creed II.” The “Rocky” spin-off had a good outing, though, grossing $35.5 million.

The full top five was:
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $56,237,634
2. Creed II – $35,574,710
3. The Grinch – $30,392,220
4. Crimes of Grindelwald – $29,375,498
5. Bohemian Rhapsody – $14,001,156

For the upcoming weekend, the only wide release hitting theaters is “The Possession of Hannah Grace.” However, numerous smaller films should be expanding to more cinemas for people to enjoy.

As for the small screen, new home releases include:

  • Searching, my rating: 4.25 out of 5 (2018 Honorable Mentions), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.18 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%.
  • The Little Stranger, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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