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The National Board of Review has just released the films which are honourees for its 2017 awards. While these awards are not precursors to the Oscars like the Film Independent Spirit Awards are, it is still good to see the films which are being considered for awards. Additionally, it is great to celebrate the best films of the year through institutions such as the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards and/or the National Board of Review.
The Post won the top honour of being Best Film in the eyes of the National Board of Review. Recently, this film has been privately shown to a few film critics/pundits and the reaction was positive. Perhaps not worthy to receive a Best Film award, but it seems like The Post will be in contention for a few more awards in the coming months.
This is not surprising given how timely the subject matter of The Post is as well as the fact that Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are all involved in it. Moreover, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep also had the honour of receiving Best Actor and Best Actress honours respectively by the National Board of Review.
The Top 10
The National Board of Review’s Top 10 List of 2017 was pretty diverse in the films that were selected. True, there was a lot of confusion amongst film critics/pundits that a film that received mixed reviews in the form of Downsizing was included in the list. Nonetheless, films such as Logan, Lady Bird, Baby Driver, Get Out and Dunkirk were included and they were critically well received.
Yet, as I said before, I would not regard the awards begin given out by the National Board of Review as an indication of what will happen at more prestigious award ceremonies such as the Oscars. This is because the Best Film winner at the National Board of Review has not been the same as the Oscar winner for Best Picture since 2008. As a consequence, do not expect The Post to be guaranteed an Oscar for Best Picture. Still, it is nice to see films be recognised for their achievements in any capacity.
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