You have to hand it to Netflix for pulling off a surprisingly effective award-season campaign on behalf of Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods. First came Delroy Lindo and the late Chadwick Boseman snagging Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor trophies from the NYFCC. And then on 1.14.21 Lee became the 34th recipient Of American Cinematheque Award. And now the National Board of Review has handed three major awards to Lee’s film — Best Film, Best Director and Best Ensemble.
Seriously, I’m impressed.
I’ve placed a boldfaced HE next to the NBR Award that I fully support or can at least live with:
Best Film: Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Best Director: Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Best Actor: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios) / HE
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (Focus Features) / HE
Best Supporting Actor: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios) / HE
Best Supporting Actress: Yuh–Jung, Minari (A24) / HE
Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Greengrass, Luke Davies, News of the World (Universal Pictures)
Best Original Screenplay: Lee Isaac Chung, Minari (A24) / HE
Best Animated Feature: Soul (Pixar)
Best Foreign Language Film: La Llorona (Guatemala) / haven’t seen it
Best Documentary: Time (Amazon Studios)
NBR Icon Award: Chadwick Boseman / HE