By John H. Foote
Martin Scorsese’s masterful crime epic The Irishman won Best Picture today from the National Board of Review. The film also won for its screenplay and the Icon Award for Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
Adam Sandler won Best Actor for his feverish high wire act in Uncut Gems, while Renée Zellweger won the first of what will be many awards for Judy, portraying icon Judy Garland.
Brad Pitt took Best Supporting Actor in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which also won Quentin Tarantino the Best Director Award, edging out Scorsese.
Kathy Bates took Best Supporting Actress in Richard Jewell.
1917 won Best Cinematography.
Never snicker about the Board’s choices, they picked Green Book for Best Picture last year and it won the Oscar. Historically they are always the first group to announce their awards which they started doing before the Academy, 110 years ago.
One of Canada’s best-known film critics, he spent 10 years on TV as co-host of Reel to Real, and another 10 in education (still writing as a critic) as Director of the Toronto Film School, where he created the curriculum for three programs and taught film history. Film has always been his passion. He has written for magazines such as Toronto Life, Fashion and Hollywood North, been quoted in the Los Angeles and New York Times, as well as the major Toronto dailies. Online he has written for such sites as The Wrap, In Contention, Awards Circuit and The Cinemaholic. His first book Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker, was published in 2010. His second Steven Spielberg: American Film Visionary, a massive volume, has just found a publisher and he’s working on American Film Renaissance – 1967-2018 with Nick Maylor. As a critic, he has had the good fortune to interview directors and stars such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Emma Stone, Jane Fonda, and countless others. As he quips, “Everyone but Jack Nicholson!”