The Irishman crowned Best Film by National Board of Review and more

The Irishman, Martin Scorsese, The National Board of Review

The National Board of Review have announced their picks for outstanding films and performances in cinema for 2019, and wouldn’t you know it, Martin Scorsese‘s THE IRSHMAN is going home with the top prize! In addition to naming Scorsese’s latest as the Best Film of 2019, the 110-year old organization also crowned Quentin Tarantino as Best Director for his ninth feature, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

A number of other films and actors were also recognized as being among the best of what 2019 had to offer while at the movies, including Adam Sandler picking up a Best Actor win for directors Benny and Josh Safdie‘s UNCUT GEMS, while Renee Zellweger earned Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Roadside Attractions’ JUDY.

A raft of talented individuals were also awarded for their contributions to this year’s cinematic gems, such as Kathy Bates, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Bobi Jewell in Clint Eastwood‘s RICHARD JEWELL. On the other side of the coin, Brad Pitt snagged the Best Supporting Actor accolade for his performance as Cliff Booth in Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

“We are thrilled to award The Irishman as our Best Film – Martin Scorsese’s masterful mob epic is a rich, moving, beautifully textured movie that represents the best in what cinema can be. We are also excited to be presenting Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino with our inaugural Icon Award – they are the true definition of cinematic icons, each with their own exceptional body of work, and all in top form in The Irishman,” said NBR President Annie Schulhof.

You can check out a complete list of this year’s NBR winners below:


Best Director:  Quentin Tarantino, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

Best Actor:  Adam Sandler, UNCUT GEMS

Best Actress: Renée Zellweger, JUDY

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

Best Supporting Actress:  Kathy Bates, RICHARD JEWELL

Best Original Screenplay:  Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, UNCUT GEMS

Best Adapted Screenplay:  Steven Zaillian, THE IRISHMAN

Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, RICHARD JEWELL

Best Directorial Debut:  Melina Matsoukas, QUEEN & SLIM


Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

Best Documentary: Maiden

Best Ensemble:  KNIVES OUT

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917

NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

NBR Freedom of Expression Award:  FOR SAMA

NBR Freedom of Expression Award:  JUST MERCY


Top Films


Dolemite is My Name

Ford v Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

Uncut Gems



Top 5 Foreign Language Films


Invisible Life

Pain and Glory

Portrait of a Lady on Fire


Top 5 Documentaries

American Factory

Apollo 11

The Black Godfather

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese


Top 10 Independent Films

The Farewell

Give Me Liberty

A Hidden Life


The Last Black Man in San Francisco


The Nightingale

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

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