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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Named Best Film By the National Board of Review

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Moments ago, the National Board of Review announced their prizes for this year, including a surprising pick for Best Film. They went with Top Gun; Maverick for that honor, while Steven Spielberg took Best Director for The Fabelmans. You can see all of the results below, but the Top Gun sequel sure got a nice boost today.

Here are all of the National Board of Review winners:

Best Film:  Top Gun: Maverick
Best DirectorSteven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
Best ActorColin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Best ActressMichelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting ActorBrendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
Best Supporting ActressJanelle Monáe, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Best Original ScreenplayMartin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Best Adapted ScreenplayEdward Berger, Lesley Paterson, Ian Stokell, All Quiet on the Western Front
Breakthrough Performance Danielle Deadwyler, Till
Breakthrough Performance: Gabriel LaBelle, The Fabelmans
Best Directorial Debut: Charlotte Wells, Aftersun
Best Animated Feature:  Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Best International FilmClose
Best DocumentarySr.
Best EnsembleWomen Talking
Outstanding Achievement in CinematographyClaudio Miranda, Top Gun: Maverick

NBR Freedom of Expression Awards:

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Argentina, 1985 

Top Films (in alphabetical order):

Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
The Woman King
Women Talking 

Top 5 International Films (in alphabetical order):

All Quiet on the Western Front
Argentina, 1985
Decision to Leave
Saint Omer 

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
All That Breathes
Turn Every Page – The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order):

Armageddon Time
Emily the Criminal
The Eternal Daughter
Funny Pages
The Inspection
A Love Song
The Wonder
To Leslie 


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Robert Hamer
5 months ago

I know most of these awards guilds try to “lobby” the Oscars to some degree, but naming Top Gun: Maverick the best film of 2022 seems a little more overtly signaling that than usual…

Joey Magidson
5 months ago
Reply to  Robert Hamer

A tiny bit. A deserving win, in my opinion, but definitely being done to boost its prestige.



Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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