NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, and Steven Spielberg attend The National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for National Board of Review)

Last night, The National Board of Review hosted its annual awards dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street celebrating excellence in filmmaking with categories that include Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Original and Adapted Screenplay, Breakthrough Performance, Best Documentary, and Directorial Debut, as well as signature honors such as the Freedom of Expression, and the William K. Everson Film History Award.  

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 08: Awkwafina, Constance Wu, Trevor Noah, Michelle Yeoh, and Gemma Chan pose with an award backstage during The National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for National Board of Review)

The event hosted by Willie Geist honored Best Director recipient, Bradley Cooper, Best Actor recipient, Viggo Mortensen, Best Actress recipient, Lady Gaga, Best Supporting Actor recipient, Sam Elliott, Best Supporting Actress recipient, Regina King, Best Screenplay recipient, Paul Schrader, Best Adapted Screenplay recipients, Barry Jenkins, Best Breakthrough Performance recipient, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Best Directorial Debut recipient Bo Burnham, Best Animated Feature recipient, Brad Bird, Best Film recipient Peter Farrelly, Best Foreign Language Film recipient Pawel Pawlikowski, Best Ensemble recipients Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Constance Wu, and Michelle Yeoh, and William K. Everson Film History Award recipients Frank Marshall, Bob Murawski, Morgan Neville, & Filip Jan Rymsza. 


Presenters and additional attendees included Uzo Aduba, Jim Burke, Sophia Bush, Linda Cardellini, Stephen Colbert, Brian Currie, Elsie Fisher, Dede Gardner, Richard Gere, Debra Granik, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brett Haley, Josh Hamilton, Alan Horn, Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Jeremy Kleiner, David Linde, Kenneth Lonergan, Sara Murphy, Trevor Noah, John Penotti, Adele Romanski, April Ryan, Peter Sarsgaard, Irina Shayk, Steven Spielberg, Nick Vallelonga, Meredith Vieira, Charlie Wessler, Olivia Wilde, and more.

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