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One of my favorite films of the year “Green Book” just has been named Best Picture by the National Board of Review, the first organization to announce its’ awards this year  Here’s a list of all the other winners, some surprising, some not.

Bradley Cooper wins Best Director for that abominable “A Star is Born” and Lady Gaga(Gag Me!) wins Best Actress for that same mess of a film. Hollywood veteran Sam Elliott wins in Supporting Actor playing Cooper’s older brother in the same movie, which they should’ve called “A Bore Is Starred’ and Regina Hill continues her march towards the Oscars by winning Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

This helps all four actor winners towards  nominations but not necessarily to wins. The National Board of Review is one of the oldest critics groups and is nothing if not idiosyncratic, to put it mildly.

I have to add that I admired Elliot’s performance in “ASIB” and I applaud “RBG” winning Best Documentary. A rip-roaring take on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

The next critics group to announce is going to be the New York Film Critics and I’m betting you, it’s not going to look anything like this list.

The Gothams which came out only last night were COMPLETELY different. You can go to http://www.awardsdaily.com, to see just how different both these lists are. The race is on!

Best Film:  GREEN BOOK

Best Director:  Bradley Cooper, A STAR IS BORN
Best Actor:  Viggo Mortensen, GREEN BOOK
Best Actress: Lady Gaga, A STAR IS BORN
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A STAR IS BORN
Best Supporting Actress:  Regina King, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Best Original Screenplay:  Paul Schrader, FIRST REFORMED
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Barry Jenkins, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Best Animated Feature:  INCREDIBLES 2
Breakthrough Performance: Thomasin McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE
Best Directorial Debut:  Bo Burnham, EIGHTH GRADE
Best Foreign Language Film:  COLD WAR
Best Documentary:  RBG
William K. Everson Film History Award: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND and THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD


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