National Board of Review Announces 2021 Honorees


As awards season ramps up, the National Board of Review has announced its 2021 winners and honorees! The annual awards ceremony is considered an early indicator of which films have a good chance of prevailing at the Academy Awards, as well as elevating potential dark horse candidates to frontrunner status.

Licorice Pizza is a surprise multi-honoree at this stage of the race and could help its chances later in awards season, while the Top Films list is a good preview of the films expected to contend for Best Picture at the Oscars. Check out the complete list below!

Best Film: Licorice Pizza

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Best Actor: Will Smith, King Richard

Best Actress: Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

Best Supporting Actor: Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

Best Supporting Actress: Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Best Original Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, A Hero

Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel Coen, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Breakthrough Performance: Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza

Best Directorial Debut: Michael Sarnoski, Pig

Best Animated Feature: Encanto

Best Foreign Language Film: A Hero

Best Documentary: Summer of Soul (Or…When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Best Ensemble: The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, The Tragedy of Macbeth

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Flee

Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet in Dune
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Top Films (in alphabetical order)
Don’t Look Up
King Richard
The Last Duel
Nightmare Alley
Red Rocket
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds
The Worst Person in the World

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
The Rescue
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
The Card Counter
C’mon C’mon
The Green Knight
Old Henry
Shiva Baby
The Souvenir Part II

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