Work­ing-class story gets Manchester early award

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China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By REUTERS in Los An­ge­les

In­de­pen­dent drama Manchester by the Sea, about a work­ing-class Amer­i­can fam­ily deal­ing with mul­ti­ple tragedies, has be­come an early front-run­ner in Hol­ly­wood’s awards sea­son as the Na­tional Board of Re­view named it the best film of 2016 on Tues­day.

Manchester by the Sea won four hon­ors, in­clud­ing best ac­tor for Casey Af­fleck and best orig­i­nal screen­play for Ken­neth Lon­er­gan.

Moonlight, a film about a young black im­pov­er­ished man’s strug­gle with his sex­u­al­ity, won best di­rec­tor for Barry Jenk­ins and best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Naomie Har­ris.

Both films have re­ceived crit­i­cal praise and are among the top nom­i­nees for the In­de­pen­dent Spirit Awards, which cel­e­brate low-bud­get artis­tic films that of­ten go on to do well at the Os­cars.

“Manchester by the Sea is a mas­ter­ful film which ex­plores love, loss and redemp­tion in a deeply mov­ing and com­pletely orig­i­nal way. We are thrilled to award it our best film, as well as to honor Barry Jenk­ins’ sin­gu­lar di­rec­to­rial vi­sion for Moonlight,” An­nie Schul­hof, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Board of Re­view, said in a state­ment.

Other top wins in­clude best ac­tress for Amy Adams in Ar­rival, Jeff Bridges for best sup­port­ing ac­tor in Hell or High Wa­ter and best an­i­mated fea­ture for Kubo and the Two Strings.

The Board of Re­view will present its awards at a cer­e­mony in New York on Jan 4.

The 100-year-old or­ga­ni­za­tion, which comprises aca­demics, film­mak­ers, stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als, se­lected stu­dio and in­de­pen­dent films for its top 10 films of the year, which in­cluded Coen Brothers com­edy Hail, Cae­sar! and Mel Gib­son’s war drama Hack­saw Ridge.

Pa­tri­ots Day, based on the 2013 Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing, Hid­den Fig­ures, the true story of three black fe­male math­e­ma­ti­cians help­ing NASA in the early space race, and Martin Scors­ese’s his­tor­i­cal drama Si­lence made the top films list.

La La Land, a mod­ern day mu­si­cal set in Los An­ge­les and star­ring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, was also named among the top films of the year, but did not score in­di­vid­ual recog­ni­tion for the cast or writer-di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle.

No­table Os­car hope­fuls left empty-handed by the Board of Re­view in­cluded Lion, the true story of a lost In­dian boy, and Fences, based on the award-win­ning play by Au­gust Wil­son and star­ring Den­zel Wash­ing­ton and Vi­ola Davis.

Last year, the Board of Re­view sur­prised awards pun­dits by pick­ing ac­tion film Mad Max: Fury Road as its best film of the year. The movie went on to win six Os­cars in the tech­ni­cal cat­e­gories.


Casey Af­fleck wins best ac­tor for his lead per­for­mance in Manch­ester­bytheSea, which has been named best film by the US Na­tional Board of Re­view.

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