National Board of Review Winners 2021 Announced

The National Board of Review has announced its winners with "Licorice Pizza" leading the way, earning the most awards of all the contenders.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

National Board of Review Winners 2021: Licorice Pizza

© MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

It's that time of year, and awards season is starting up. The Gotham Awards took place just last week. And today, the National Board of Review picked its winners. "Licorice Pizza" is the big winner at the front of the pack, earning awards for Best Film, Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), and Breakthrough Performance (Alana Haim & Cooper Hoffman). Will Smith is the winner for Best Actor for his inspirational performance in "King Richard," and Rachel Zegler is NBR's Best Actress for her incredible lead in "West Side Story."

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

To give a little perspective on other films the NBR favored, last year "Da 5 Bloods" took the award for Best Film with Spike Lee earning Best Director for the film. The standout performances in 2020 were Riz Ahmed, who won Best Actor for "Sound of Metal," and Carey Mulligan, who took home Best Actress for "Promising Young Woman." It's still anyone game's this year as most groups have yet to announce, so make sure to stay tuned here this awards season.

Here is the full list of the 2021 National Board of Review award winners:

Best Film: Licorice Pizza

Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Best Actor: Will Smith, King Richard

Best Actress: Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

Best Supporting Actor: Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

Best Supporting Actress: Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Best Adapted Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, A Hero

Best Original Screenplay: Joel Coen, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Breakthrough Performance: Alana Haim & Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza

Best Directorial Debut: Michael Sarnoski, Pig

Best Animated Feature: Encanto

Best Foreign Language Film: A Hero

Best Documentary: Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Best Ensemble: The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel, The Tragedy of Macbeth

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Flee

Top Films (in alphabetical order)

  • Belfast
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • The Last Duel
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Red Rocket
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)

  • Benedetta
  • Lamb
  • Lingui, The Sacred Bonds
  • Titane
  • The Worst Person in the World

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)

  • Ascension
  • Attica
  • Flee
  • The Rescue
  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)

  • The Card Counter
  • C’mon C’mon
  • CODA
  • The Green Knight
  • Holler
  • Jockey
  • Old Henry
  • Pig
  • Shiva Baby
  • The Souvenir Part II

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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