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The National Board of Review has named Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ the best film of 2019

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In what is an obvious effort to try to heal their reputation after very regretfully naming Green Book the best film of 2018, the National Board of Review announced today that they have named Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman the best film of 2019.

“We are thrilled to award The Irishman as our best film — Martin Scorsese’s masterful mob epic is a rich, moving, beautifully textured movie that represents the best in what cinema can be,” says NBR president Annie Schulhof.

She adds, “We are also excited to be presenting Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino with our inaugural Icon Award — they are the true definition of cinematic icons, each with their own exceptional body of work, and all in top form in The Irishman.”

NBR’s other honorees for 2019 include Adam Sandler, who was named best actor for Uncut Gems, Renée Zellweger, who was named best actress for Judy, and Quentin Tarantino, who was named best director for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

You can check out the full list of 2019 National Board of Review awards recipients below.

Best Film
The Irishman

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actress
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay
Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Breakthrough Performance
Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Best Directorial Debut
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim

Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Best Foreign Language Film
Parasite

Best Documentary
Maiden

Best Ensemble
Knives Out

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Roger Deakins, 1917

NBR Icon Award
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

NBR Freedom of Expression Award
For Sama
Just Mercy

Top Films (in alphabetical order)
1917
Dolemite Is My Name
Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell
Uncut Gems
Waves

Top Five Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)
Atlantics
Invisible Life
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Transit

Top Five Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
American Factory
Apollo 11
The Black Godfather
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
Wrestle 

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
The Farewell
Give Me Liberty
A Hidden Life
Judy
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Midsommar
The Nightingale
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Souvenir
Wild Rose

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Rambo: Last Blood
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Rambo: Last Blood on Blu-ray/DVD on December 17 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win a Rambo: Last Blood combo pack, which includes a couple of behind the scenes featurettes detailing the production and scoring of the film.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Wednesday, December 18, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Rambo: Last Blood as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Adrian Grunberg

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adriana Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Genie Kim, Joaquin Cosio, and Oscar Jaenada

Rating: R for strong graphic violence, grisly images, drug use, and language

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Drawing Last Blood: Multipart Production Diary” Featurette
  • “From First Note to Last Blood: Music for the Massacres” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Keanu Reeves will have ‘The Matrix 4’ and ‘John Wick 4’ both coming out on May 21, 2021

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May 21, 2021 is poised to be a very big day for Keanu Reeves as the actor will have not one but two films hitting theaters: John Wick 4 and The Matrix 4.

It’s curious as to why Warner Bros. chose this particular date for the Matrix sequel given the fact that Lionsgate had already announced months ago that John Wick 4 would be coming out on that very day.

Regardless, it seems likely that either one studio or the other — Lionsgate, I’m guessing, even though they had the slot first — will adjust their calendar accordingly so as not to cause too much of a conflict for our boy Keanu.

Production on The Matrix 4 is scheduled to get underway next year with Lana Wachowski returning to the director’s chair with a script she co-wrote along with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell.

Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith will all be reprising their roles from the previous Matrix movies, while Neil Patrick Harris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be joining the franchise for the very first time.

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ tops the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations

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The 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations were announced this morning with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman unsurprisingly — and very rightfully — leading the nominees.

Both Once Upon a Time and Irishman are up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, as is Jay Roach’s Bombshell, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite.

In the acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role along with Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Christian Bale for Ford v Ferrari, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, and Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.

Meanwhile, the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category includes Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Lupita Nyong’o for Us (!), Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Cynthia Erivo for Harriet, and Renée Zellweger for Judy.

You can check out the complete list of nominations for the 2020 SAG Awards below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman, Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Bombshell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Comedy Ensemble
Barry
Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things

Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Drama Ensemble
Big Little Lies
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things

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