Sunday, June 16, 2024

“Top Gun Maverick” Named Best Picture by National Bored of Review, A24 Gets 4 Big Corrupt Wins, “Till” Actress Gets Traditional Black Award


The phony baloney National Bored of Review has announced its winners. Studio A24 picked up four big wins with Best Actress, Foreign Film, Animated Film, and Directorial Debut. Why? I’ve told you before, countless times: David Laub, head of marketing for A24, sits on the NBR board. That’s all you need to know. This is an annual disgrace. Not only did A24 get the four major awards, they got 3 of the top 10 independent films.

“Top Gun Maverick” won Best Picture because Annie Schulhof wants Tom Cruise front and center. And now she’s got him! (This ensures “TGM” not getting the Oscar, kids.) She gave “Banshees” some awards because Searchlight, which she used to snub, is now part of Disney.

Steven Spielberg won Best Director for “The Fablemans.” He’s won about 45 times with the NBR. They love him, who doesn’t? (They didn’t love him enough to give his actors awards, however, or Tony Kushner’s screenplay.) Otherwise, Universal Pictures didn’t do too well. Shocking that there was nothing for George Clooney or Julia Roberts for “Ticket to Paradise”! And nothing for Universal Focus’s “She Said” or “Tar.” Nada. I guess Universal didn’t pony up!

The big joke is that the brilliant Danielle Deadwyler got “Breakthrough Performance.” This is the traditional NBR category for Black actors. Deadwyler joins Jennifer Hudson, Gabourey Sidibe, Dev Patel, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Royalty Hightower, Abraham Attah, Quvenzhané Wallis and so on in this group. This is what the NBR does with POC to make themselves look good. It’s also very shameful.

See the full list of winners below.

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

Best DirectorSteven Spielberg, “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)

Best ActorColin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best ActressMichelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)

Best Supporting ActorBrendan Gleeson, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Supporting ActressJanelle Monáe, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (Netflix)

Best Original ScreenplayMartin McDonagh, “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)

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

Breakthrough Performance Danielle Deadwyler, “Till” (Orion/United Artists Releasing)

Breakthrough Performance: Gabriel LaBelle, “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)

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

Best Animated Feature:  “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” (A24)

Best International Film“Close” from Belgium (A24)

Best Documentary“Sr.” (Netflix)

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

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

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

Top Films (in alphabetical order):

  • “Aftersun” (A24)
  • “Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th Century Studios)
  • “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)
  • “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (Netflix)
  • “RRR” (Variance Films)
  • “Till” (Orion/United Artists Releasing)
  • “The Woman King” (Sony Pictures)
  • “Women Talking”

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)
  • “Descendant” (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” (Focus 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 Wonder” (Netflix)
  • “To Leslie” (Momentum Pictures)
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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