The National Board of Review, traditionally the first organization to present year-ending honors on films, filmmaking, screenwriting and acting, has named the Steven Spielberg-directed The Post as its best picture of the year. The film, which chronicles the Nixon era scandal that came to be known as the Pentagon Papers, stars Meryl Streep as the Washington Post publisher of that era and Tom Hanks as the Post editor Ben Bradlee. Streep and Hanks also earned top honors in their respective categories.
Greta Gerwig was named best director for her debut turn at directing on the much-acclaimed indy feature, Lady Bird. Laurie Metcalf earned best supporting actress honors for her role as the much-beleagured mother, Marion. Willem Dafoe was named best supporting actor for his role in The Florida Project.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s film, Phantom Thread, earned him best original screenplay honors, and the best-adapted screenplay award went to Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for The Disaster Artist starring Daniel Day-Lewis in what he says will be his last acting role.
The National Board of Review awards will be presented on December 22 in New York.