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"The Post" Named Best Feature, Scores Best Actor & Actress Honors From National Board of Review
Tom Hanks in a scene from "The Post." Hanks won the National Board of Review's Best Actor honor for his performance in the Steven Spielberg film which also earned Best Feature distinction as well as Best Actress for Meryl Streep (photo by Niko Tavernise/courtesy of 20th Century Fox)
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Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post" was named the year's best film by the National Board of Review, which also lavished its top acting honors on the film's stars, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

The group announced its picks Tuesday on Twitter. Though the organization spread its awards around, it reserved three of its top slots for Spielberg's upcoming period film about The Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon Papers. Streep plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Hanks plays editor Ben Bradlee in the film, one of the year's last-arriving awards contenders.

The National Board of Review, a collection of film enthusiasts and academics founded in 1909, is better known for packing its annual awards dinner (to be hosted by Willie Geist on January 9) with big names than for predicting Oscars. Its last three winners were "Manchester By the Sea," ''Mad Max: Fury Road" and "A Most Violent Year," none of which went on to win best picture.

But momentum is a cherished quantity in Hollywood's awards season, and the trio of awards give "The Post" — considered a timely tribute to a free press — a resounding early win.

The day after taking home three awards at Monday's Gotham Awards, Jordan Peele's horror sensation "Get Out" took an award for best ensemble, as well as best directorial debut.

Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" landed two awards: best director and best supporting actress for Laurie Metcalf. The coming-of-age tale, starring Saoirse Ronan, is increasingly looking like a major contender, boasting the most widely reviewed 100 percent fresh Rotten Tomatoes score in the website's history. Ronan also won best actress at Monday's Gotham Awards.

After taking the top prize at the Gothams, Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me by Your Name" came away from the NBR announcement with a single honor: Timothee Chalamet for breakthrough performance.

Best supporting actor went to Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project"), Paul Thomas Anderson landed best original screenplay for his "Phantom Thread," and "The Disaster Artist" scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber won for adapted screenplay.

Other awards included the board's Spotlight Award to Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot for "Wonder Woman" and two winners for its Freedom of Expression Award: Angelina Jolie's Cambodia drama "First They Killed My Father" and John Ridley's documentary "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992."

Here’s a full rundown of National Board of Review honors:

BEST FILM
The Post 

BEST DIRECTOR
Greta Gerwig 
Lady Bird 

BEST ACTOR
Tom Hanks 
The Post 

BEST ACTRESS
Meryl Streep 
The Post 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe 
The Florida Project 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Foxtrot 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coco 

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Jane 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Paul Thomas Anderson 
Phantom Thread 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber 
The Disaster Artist 

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Jordan Peele 
Get Out 

BEST ENSEMBLE
Get Out 

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Timothée Chalamet 
Call Me by Your Name 

SPOTLIGHT AWARD
Wonder Woman: Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot 

NBR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
First They Killed My Father 

NBR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 

TOP FILMS
Baby Driver  
Call Me By Your Name  
The Disaster Artist  
Downsizing  
Dunkirk  
The Florida Project  
Get Out  
Lady Bird  
Logan  
Phantom Thread 

TOP TEN INDEPENDENT FILMS
Beatriz at Dinner  
Brigsby Bear  
A Ghost Story  
Lady Macbeth  
Logan Lucky  
Loving Vincent  
Menashe  
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer  
Patti Cake$  
Wind River 

TOP 5 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
A Fantastic Woman  
Frantz  
Loveless  
Summer 1993  
The Square 

TOP 5 DOCUMENTARIES
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail  
Brimstone & Glory  
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars  
Faces Places  
Hell On Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS 

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