2020 National Board of Review Awards: ‘The Irishman’ wins Best Picture, Renee Zellweger and Adam Sandler take lead acting prizes

2020 National Board of Review Awards: ‘The Irishman’ wins Best Picture, Renee Zellweger and Adam Sandler take lead acting prizes
The National Board of Review named Martin Scorsese‘s epic crime drama “The Irishman” as the best picture of the year on Tuesday (Dec. 3). The director and the film’s two stars, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, share in the inaugural Icon Award from this group comprised of “knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students.” The Netflix film also picked up the adapted screenplay award (Steven Zaillian).

A trio of other films also took two competitive races apiece. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won Best Director (Quentin Tarantino) and Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt). Benny and Josh Safdie‘s “Uncut Gems” claimed Best Actor (Adam Sandler) and Best Original Screenplay (by the directors and Ronald Bronstein ). And Clint Eastwood‘s late entry “Richard Jewell” won Best Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates) and the breakthrough award for Paul Walter Hauser in the title role.

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