‘A Most Violent Year’ Named Best Film by National Board of Review

'A Most Violent Year' Wins National

The National Board of Review has named “A Most Violent Year” as the best film of 2014.

The selection was a surprise in an awards season that has so far been split between “Boyhood” (New York Film Critics Circle winner) and “Birdman” (the Gotham Awards victor).

“A Most Violent Year,” directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, is a drama set in a crime-ridden New York winter of 1981.

Both Chastain (best supporting actress) and Isaac (best actor), who shares the prize with “Birdman” star Michael Keaton, were also honored. Julianne Moore won best actress for her role as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in the Sony Pictures Classics drama “Still Alice.”

Clint Eastwood took best director for “American Sniper.”

The National Board of Review dinner will take place on Jan. 6, 2015 in New York. The full list of winners is below.

Best Film: “A Most Violent Year”
Best Director: Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”)
Best Actor (TIE): Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”)
Best Actress: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”)
Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton (“Birdman”)
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year”)
Best Original Screenplay: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie”)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson (“Inherent Vice”)
Best Animated Feature: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Breakthrough Performance: Jack O’Connell (“Starred Up” and “Unbroken”)
Best Directorial Debut: Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”)
Best Foreign Language Film: “Wild Tales”
Best Documentary: “Life Itself”
William K. Everson Film History Award: Scott Eyman
Best Ensemble: “Fury”
Spotlight Award: Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring in “Top Five”
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Rosewater”
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Selma”

Top 10 Films
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“Fury”
“Gone Girl”
“The Imitation Game”
“Inherent Vice”
“The Lego Movie”
“Nightcrawler”
“Unbroken”

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
“Force Majeure”
“Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem”
“Leviathan”
“Two Days, One Night”
“We Are the Best!”

Top 5 Documentaries
“Art and Craft”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Keep On Keepin’ On”
“The Kill Team”
“Last Days in Vietnam”

Top 10 Independent Films
“Blue Ruin”
“Locke”
“A Most Wanted Man”
“Mr. Turner”
“Obvious Child”
“The Skeleton Twins”
“Snowpiercer”
“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”
“Starred Up”
“Still Alice”

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  1. Finnitastic says:

    What a complete and utter joke. A Most Violent Year is a piece of boring crap. I have no idea how anyone thought this paper-thin script was worthy of a feature-length film. The acting was well done, but there is just no there there. Two hours devoted to a painfully slow tale of a guy trying to buy a piece of property to store heating oil? Seriously? The National Board of Review should do all of us a favor and disband immediately.

  2. UNDESERVED CLINT
    RICHARD THE REAL WINNER
    A MOST VIOLENT YEAR WAS SHIT
    THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL WAS AWESOME

  3. AMERICAN SNIPER WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR
    SHOULD HAVE BEEN OF THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

  4. elisabettaly says:

    Reblogged this on Filmologìe of monsters and little princesses and commented:
    The National Board of Review dinner will take place on Jan. 6, 2015 in New York. The full list of winners is below.

    Best Film: “A Most Violent Year”
    Best Director: Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”)
    Best Actor (TIE): Oscar Isaac (“A Most Violent Year”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”)
    Best Actress: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”)
    Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton (“Birdman”)
    Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year”)
    Best Original Screenplay: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie”)
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson (“Inherent Vice”)
    Best Animated Feature: “How to Train Your Dragon 2″
    Breakthrough Performance: Jack O’Connell (“Starred Up” and “Unbroken”)
    Best Directorial Debut: Gillian Robespierre (“Obvious Child”)
    Best Foreign Language Film: “Wild Tales”
    Best Documentary: “Life Itself”
    William K. Everson Film History Award: Scott Eyman
    Best Ensemble: “Fury”
    Spotlight Award: Chris Rock for writing, directing, and starring in “Top Five”
    NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Rosewater”
    NBR Freedom of Expression Award: “Selma”

    Top 10 Films
    “American Sniper”
    “Birdman”
    “Boyhood”
    “Fury”
    “Gone Girl”
    “The Imitation Game”
    “Inherent Vice”
    “The Lego Movie”
    “Nightcrawler”
    “Unbroken”

    Top 5 Foreign Language Films
    “Force Majeure”
    “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem”
    “Leviathan”
    “Two Days, One Night”
    “We Are the Best!”

    Top 5 Documentaries
    “Art and Craft”
    “Jodorowsky’s Dune”
    “Keep On Keepin’ On”
    “The Kill Team”
    “Last Days in Vietnam”

    Top 10 Independent Films
    “Blue Ruin”
    “Locke”
    “A Most Wanted Man”
    “Mr. Turner”
    “Obvious Child”
    “The Skeleton Twins”
    “Snowpiercer”
    “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”
    “Starred Up”
    “Still Alice”

  5. james says:

    In my opinion Clint Eastwood is the best director and American Sniper is the BEST FILM OF THE YEAR.
    In my opinion, Clint Eastwood deserves all his awards.
    Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of our Fathers,Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling,Gran Torino, Invictus, Hereafter, J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and American Sniper are the best films of the last 10 years.
    In my opinion the National Board of review awards are the best awards of the year, and I agree with the awards. Clint Eastwood is the best director of the year, and in my opinion, American Sniper is the best film of the year.

  6. macd says:

    The National Board of Review has never been taken seriously. I think the median age of the members is 80. But they throw a nice party.

  7. lametta says:

    Where is “The Grand Budapest Hotel ” ?

    Should have been Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble…

    And they didn’t even nominate “Citizenfour” for Best Documentary ?

    Ridiculous.

  8. The constant overlooking of the big event films is so silly. Personally, I think the best movie of the year was “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” but because it was “popular” movies like that immediately get discarded when it comes to awards:

    • Dynnik says:

      Sorry to tell you that it’s not because they’re popular or big that they are ignored, but because in most cases they’re absolutely intrascendental. The one you mention is a good example of a boring and shallow film, in spite of attempting to be the opposite.

      • Finnitastic says:

        Not nearly as boring and shallow as A Most Violent Year. At least the viewer can expect to be entertained while watching the Apes film (although I agree that it is obviously not the best film of the year).

  9. Boy101 says:

    I think this just way too random to impact the Oscars. Lego for Orginal screnplay? Eastwood for director? A Most Violent Year best picture? Its all so…weird.

    • Ger Kennelly says:

      clint eastwood won best director (and film) for Million Dollar Baby
      and if i remember
      that film came out of nowhere that year
      after he told the unpopular truth about Obama it would make me incredibly happy to see him win again

  10. cadavra says:

    This is terrific. Maybe for once the Oscars won’t be a foregone conclusion.

  11. Joyce Tyler says:

    Except for the Eastwood win, I really like these choices.

  12. Stergios says:

    So glad to watch A Most Violent Year and the incredible Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain win. Well deserved! I hope the latter ends up scoring a ridiculously deserved first Oscar win.

  13. David says:

    they are quirky, aren’t they?

  14. Lea says:

    No grand budapest?

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