Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea Named Best Film by National Board of Review

News   Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea Named Best Film by National Board of Review
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Cast of Manchester by the Sea with director Kenneth Lonergan Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix

Manchester by the Sea, the film written by Broadway playwright Kenneth Lonergan, was named Best Film of 2016 by the National Board of Review.

Lonergan’s script, about a man suddenly forced to raise his nephew in a small fishing village, was named Best Screenplay, and the film’s leading man, Casey Affleck, was named Best Actor.

The film features many Broadway actors: Matthew Broderick, C.J. Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Michelle Williams, Tate Donovan, Josh Hamilton, and, in a cameo, Lonergan (author of This Is Our Youth, The Waverly Gallery, Lobby Hero) himself.

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Best Film: Manchester by the Sea

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Amy Adams, Arrival

Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Best Supporting Actress: Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese, Silence

Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings

Breakthrough Performance (Male): Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Breakthrough Performance (Female): Royalty Hightower, The Fits

Best Directorial Debut: Trey Edward Shults, Krisha

Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America

Best Ensemble: Hidden Figures

Spotlight Award: Creative Collaboration of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Cameraperson

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