This week the National Board of Review released their picks for the best in cinema for 2016. Overall, the NBR’s picks seem to be well received with a few glaring exceptions. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the “Fences” shutout. Still, there were plenty of nominations to be excited about. With this in mind, what were your favorite NBR citations? Here are a few we’re excited about; let us know your picks in the comments below!
1. Amy Adams- Best Actress for “Arrival”
Picking up early season citations is huge for actresses on the fringe. With Isabelle Hupert taking home the Best Actress award at the Gothams, Adams needed NBR. She’s given not one, but two of the best 10 to 15 performances in the category this year. However, support should coalesce around her performance in “Arrival.” It is a subtle and heartfelt performance from beginning to end, and would potentially be the winner most other years. However, with an absolute bloodbath in the category, even Adams will need every advantage possible. It’s a great start to a great year in the category.
2. “Kubo and the Two Strings” for Best Animated Feature
This year feels like it is simultaneously excellent for animation, yet there is plenty of room at the top. “Kubo and the Two Strings” might be the spoiler to upset the Disney streak of late. Disney/Pixar has not lost since “Rango” in 2011. The last four Animated Feature Oscars may sit at the House of Mouse, but Laika is looking to capitalize on its highest reviewed film yet. “Kubo” scored an impressive 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and 84 percent on Metacritic, so it’s critically acclaimed. The film features some extremely impressive set pieces and sets a high water mark for animation. It should be an interesting battle between “Kubo” and the Disney pack as we get deeper into awards season. NBR gives Kubo a great start.
Jenkins has already been racking up the accolades, and is quickly emerging as the frontrunner in Best Director. Not only did Jenkins pick up the Altman Award from the Independent Spirits last week, but he also grabbed top prize for screenwriter at the Gotham Awards. With a slew of nominations already announced, Jenkins is a shoe-in for this category, and for good reason. “Moonlight” has style for days, and with the Academy embracing Iñárritu the last couple of Oscar seasons, this bodes well for Jenkins. At the same time, it’s important to point out that NBR director winners do not have a great track record. Time will tell.
What do you think? Which NBR citations were you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!
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