NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – “Top Gun: Maverick” received the National Board of Film Critics’ Film of the Year award at the National Board of Review Awards. Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inishrin” took home the most trophies, but the night went to Best Director award winner Steven Spielberg, who received several tributes.
Spielberg’s praise for the 76-year-old was so impressive that Colin Farrell, who accepted the best actor award for his role in “The Banshees of Inishrin,” said the experience of watching “ET” for the first time (“ET”) was supernatural. “) was the most euphoric of his life, and he placed it above the birth of his two children.
“I’m glad it (the ceremony) wasn’t televised,” Farrell said.
Despite the lack of a television station at the Cipriani on Manhattan’s 42nd Street, the National Board of Review Awards has been a regular, star-studded stop of the Hollywood awards season for years. This year’s gala, which features Willie Geist as host for the seventh year in a row, comes right in the middle of a series of important dates leading up to the Oscars. The Golden Globe Awards are handed out on Tuesday, Screen Actors Guild nominations take place on Wednesday and voting for the Academy Awards begins on Thursday.
This means that the awards given by an enthusiastic group of movie-goers were an opportunity to raise expectations and polish acceptance speeches. The National Board of Film Critics (NBR) also makes it easy by announcing winners early and presenting each with a grand introduction from a contributor or friend. Spielberg, who won Best Director for his semi-autobiographical film “The Fablemans” (“Los Fablemans”), was praised by Ariana DeBose, an actress of Puerto Rican descent, and her “West Side Story” (“Love Without Barriers”) was introduced. ,
DeBose recalled being at a beauty salon when “Steven (expletive) Spielberg” called her to ask if she would join the cast.
“What I remember most from that moment, outside of the experience of feeling that my blood was racing to my head and my feet simultaneously, was thinking: Wow, what a gentlemanly, honorable and generous call.” DeBose said. “Ask someone to join you on your adventure.”
Gabriel LaBelle, who plays a fictionalized version of a young Spielberg in “The Fablemans” and received the Breakthrough Actor Award with Danielle Deadweiler from “Till,” similarly described how a Spielberg can change your life. .
“I feel like I owe you something, like I owe you my firstborn or something,” LaBelle said. “I don’t know how I’ll be able to repay you.”
When Spielberg took the stage, the audience gave him a standing ovation.
“Throughout my career, in all the films I’ve directed, my job, as I see it, is that of a mentor and whoever or whatever the director is should be at the center of their attention,” she said. . , “But when it came time for me to sit down with Tony Kushner to explore the possibilities of the story that became ‘The Fableman,’ I realized that for the first time I was behind a mother ship or a Tyrannosaurus or a giant ship.” Couldn’t hide. Mechanical shark that never worked.
Much has been said about “The Fabbelmans” being Spielberg’s most personal film, a classification he does not dispute. While he stressed that any film, in any genre, can be personal to a director, Spielberg said that making the most recent was “like moving back in with my parents and my sisters.”
“They say you can’t go home? Oh no, that’s not true, you can go home.”
Although Spielberg is a renowned director of blockbuster films, “The Fablemans” did not do well at the box office, grossing only $15.1 million worldwide, which slowed down the Oscar momentum.
Meanwhile, hits like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Everything Everywhere at Once” are raising expectations. “Top Gun” star Tom Cruise didn’t attend Sunday’s ceremony, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer praised him as he accepted the best picture award.
“Simply put, he is a natural force,” Bruckheimer said. “A man with one goal: to entertain the masses.”
After being introduced by her “Crazy Rich Asians” co-star Awkwafina, “Everywhere Everywhere All at Once” star Michelle Yeoh accepted the best actress award. Yeoh, who was born in Malaysia, said she was the first Asian to win the award nearly five decades ago, which made her reflect on her own journey from Hong Kong to Hollywood.
“One day Hollywood called me. It was like an ultimate dream come true. We all wanted to go to Hollywood until I got here.” Yoh said. “Suddenly I am in the minority, how did this happen? I mean, there are more people like me than you. He cheated me. I didn’t see faces like mine on the screen. I met people who didn’t know where Korea, China or Japan was.”
Janelle Monae won best supporting actress for the thriller sequel “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” It was introduced by Benoit Blanc aka Daniel Craig himself. “Are you serious?” Mone said. “Did he (offensive) ask James Bond to come?”
“When Janelle floats, when she flits through a room, the chemicals are in the air,” Craig said of his “Glass Onion” co-star. “When I had the privilege of working with him, he encouraged me every day.”
Brendan Gleeson, who stars with Farrell in “The Banshees of Inishrin,” was not there to receive his Best Supporting Actor award, but read a letter Farrell sent him. Gleason highlighted the success of McDonagh’s film: “Happy days for a sad movie.”
McDonagh was also honored with the award for Best Original Screenplay. Oscar Isaac, of Guatemalan and Cuban descent, starring in the playwright’s next film, introduced McDonagh and recalled the time they first met in a London cantina, an encounter that ended with the two consuming mushrooms. Taking the stage, McDonagh thanked Isaacs “for revealing just one of my drug preferences.”
McDonagh then made one of the standout comments of the night, commending his film’s distributor, Searchlight Pictures, for not explaining his script: “That’s probably why I’m here tonight.”
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