‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight’ take top honors from National Board of Review

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Manchester by the Sea was named 2016’s best film by the National Board of Review, raising the awards-season profile of Kenneth Lonergan’s devastating family drama — though the film has been destined for a date with the Academy Awards ever since its debut at Sundance.

The NBR on Tuesday also gave its Best Actor and Best Male Breakthrough Performance awards to Manchester stars Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges, respectively, while writer-director Lonergan won Best Original Screenplay. 

The honors — something of an awards-season starting point along with the Gotham Awards and Independent Spirit nominations — cement Affleck and Lonergan as Oscar frontrunners, and also lend Hedges some credibility as he tries to earn a slot in the ever-competitive supporting category. Read more…

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