Maverick was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review

“Top Gun: Maverick” has been named Best Picture by the National Board of Review, the organization announced Thursday.

Big acting winners included Colin Farrell who won Best Actor for “The Banshees of Inisherin” after walking away from the New York Film Critics Circle win earlier this month. Two NBR winners over the past 12 years have translated into Academy Award winners: Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea” (2016) and Will Smith for “King Richard” (2021). For the winners who became nominees, only three men were eventually snubbed by the Academy: Oscar Isaac for “A Most Violent Year” (2014), Tom Hanks for “The Post” (2017) and Adam Sandler for “Uncut Gems ” (2019).

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Michelle Yeoh gets a huge boost after being billed as Madame Morrible in the upcoming ‘Wicked’ movies and starring Of variety Actors upon actors. Now she can add the NBR Best Actress winner to her golden day for her role as laundromat owner Evelyn in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once.’ Her awards campaign can look to Brie Larson in ‘Room’ (2015) and Renée Zellweger in ‘Judy’ (2019) as the two previous recipients who went on to win the statuette. For nominees, four have missed out on an Oscar mention in the past twelve years: Lesley Manville for “Another Year” (2010), Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011), Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013) and last year’s Rachel Zegler for “West Side Story.”

The supporting competitions went to Farrell’s co-star Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ while musician-turned-actress Janelle Monáe won her first major award for ‘Knives Out’ sequel, ‘Glass Onion’. Crossover between NBR and the Academy Awards in the acting contests is sporadic with two or three Oscar nods by the end of the season.

THE FABELMANS, Gabriel LaBelle, 2022. ph: Merie Weismiller Wallace / © Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection
THE FABELMANS, Gabriel LaBelle, 2022. ph: Merie Weismiller Wallace / © Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Winner of Best Director for “The Fabelmans,” Steven Spielberg earned his second career win from NBR after “Empire of the Sun” (1987). It would probably take an act of God for the two-time Oscar winner to miss out on another Academy nod in January. However, it should be noted that only six of NBR’s last 12 winners have been nominated for an Academy Award. Also notable is the fact that none of them won an Oscar. The latest NBR winner to translate into an Academy Award was Martin Scorsese for “The Departed” (2006).

Some of the more notable omissions from wins and top 10 mentions include the two musician-centric films: Todd Field’s “Tár” starring Cate Blanchett and Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” starring Austin Butler. There was also no love for Ryan Coogler’s Marvel Studios tentpole film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” nor for Hollywood auteurs and legends like Darren Aronofsky (“The Whale”), Sam Mendes (“Empire of Light “) and Ron Howard (“Thirteen Lives”).

Over the past 30 years, the Best Picture winner has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, except once every decade: 2014’s “A Most Violent Year,” 2000’s “Quills,” and 1998’s “Gods and Monsters.” In the 1980s, there were technically two lapses with 1987’s “Empire of the Sun” and 1983’s “Betrayal,” which were related to “Terms of Endearment.”

NBR’s most recent top film picks were Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book,” and George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Last year, Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ took the grand prize but was only able to garner one Oscar nomination for Original Score (Terence Blanchard), so the jury is still out on whether that will represent the 1920s.

See the full list of winners below.

Best Movie: “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount Pictures)

Best director: Steven Spielberg, “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)

Best Actor: Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh, “Everything, everywhere and at once” (A24)

Best Supporting Actor: Brendan Gleeson, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Supporting Actress: Janelle Monáe, “Glass Onion: A Knife Mystery” (Netflix)

Best Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, Ian Stokell, “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Netflix)

Revolutionary performance: Danielle Deadwyler, “Till” (Orion/United Artists release)

Revolutionary performance: Gabriel LaBelle, “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)

Best Directorial Debut: Charlotte Wells, “After Sun” (A24)

Best animated film: “Marcel the shell with shoes” (A24)

Best international film: “Near” from Belgium (A24)

Best Documentary: “Mr.” (Netflix)

Best Ensemble: “Women Talking” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount Pictures)

NBR Freedom of Expression Awards: “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (Neon) and “Argentina, 1985” (Amazon Studios)

Best Movies (in alphabetical order):

  • “After Sun” (A24)

  • “Avatar: The Waterway” (20th Century Studios)

  • “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)

  • “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)

  • “Glass Onion: A Knife Mystery” (Netflix)

  • “RRR” (Variance Films)

  • “Till” (Orion/United Artists release)

  • “The Woman King” (Sony Pictures)

  • “Women Who Talk”

Top 5 international films (in alphabetical order):

  • “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Germany)

  • “Argentina, 1985” (Argentina)

  • “Decision to Leave” (South Korea)

  • “EO” (Poland)

  • “Saint-Omer” (France)

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):

  • “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (Neon)

  • “All That Breathes” (HBO)

  • “Descending” (Netflix)

  • “Turn Every Page – The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb” (Sony Pictures Classics)

  • “Wildcat” (Amazon Studios)

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order):

  • “Armageddon Time” (Main Features)

  • “Emily the Criminal” (Roadside Attractions/Vertical Entertainment)

  • “The Eternal Daughter” (A24)

  • “Funny Pages” (A24)

  • “The Inspection” (A24)

  • “Living” (Sony Pictures Classics)

  • “A Love Song” (Bleecker Street)

  • “Nanny” (Amazon Studios)

  • “The Marvel” (Netflix)

  • “To Leslie” (Momentum Pictures)

To see the current rankings for each individual category, please visit Of variety Oscars hub. The first series of Predictions of the SAG Awards for cinema has also been revealed.

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