THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW WILL ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF 2017 YEAR-END HONORS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017
ANNUAL AWARDS GALA SET FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 WITH WILLIE GEIST TO RETURN AS HOST
New York, NY (March 15, 2017) – The National Board of Review announced today that the organization will name the recipients of its year-end honors on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, followed by its annual film awards gala on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, the celebration’s home for over a decade. Willie Geist, host of NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will return as the evening’s host for the fourth year in a row.
“The NBR is thrilled to welcome the wonderful Willie Geist back to our annual celebration in January and to return to Cipriani, the evening’s longtime home,” said NBR President Annie Schulhof. “We look forward to being one of the first groups to announce and honor the best in year-end filmmaking achievements.”
This past year, the NBR was not only the first group to award eventual Oscar recipients Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, O.J.: Made in America, and The Salesman, but they also were the first to spotlight many films that were discussed and honored throughout the entire season, including Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, and Hell or High Water.
The National Board of Review’s awards celebrate excellence in filmmaking with categories that include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Original and Adapted Screenplay, Breakthrough Performance, and Directorial Debut, as well as signature honors such as the William K. Everson Award for Film History, Freedom of Expression, and the NBR Spotlight Award.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW
Since 1909, the National Board of Review has dedicated its efforts to the support of cinema as both art and entertainment. Each year, this select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals and academics of varying ages and backgrounds watches over 250 films and participates in illuminating discussions with directors, actors, producers and screenwriters before announcing their selections for the best work of the year in late November prior to an annual ceremony in January. Since first citing year-end cinematic achievements in 1929, NBR has recognized a vast selection of outstanding studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary films, often propelling recipients such as George Miller’s visionary 2015 Best Film winner Mad Max: Fury Road into the larger awards conversation. NBR also stands out as the only film organization that bestows an annual film history award in honor of former member and film historian William K. Everson. In addition, one of the organization’s core values is identifying new talent and nurturing young filmmakers by awarding promising talent with ‘Directorial Debut’ and ‘Breakthrough Actor’ awards as well as grants to rising film students and by facilitating community outreach through the support of organizations such as The Ghetto Film School, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, and Educational Video Center. With its continued efforts to assist up-and-coming artists in completing and presenting their work, NBR honors its commitment to not just identifying the best that current cinema has to offer, but also ensuring the quality of films for future generations to come.
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