Oscar precursor celebrates Taylor Swift, Spike Lee, Sound of Metal, Promising Young Woman, more.

Da 5 Bloods continues its hunt to make major headway in the Oscar race.

Amid a crowded week of precursor award announcements, Spike Lee's Vietnam War drama has picked up a significant accolade in the run-up to the Academy Awards, as the National Board of Review named the Netflix feature as the best movie of 2020 on Tuesday.

Lee — a likely contender for the Best Director Oscar — also won the NBR's Best Director prize, with leading contenders Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) picking up important notices in the acting categories after scoring Indie Spirit nods earlier today.

In the supporting categories, Minari's Youn Yuh-jung earned another precursor accolade for her work in Lee Isaac Chung's A24 drama, with Sound of Metal bagging another acting award for Paul Raci's supporting performance opposite Ahmed.

Elsewhere, Taylor Swift's Netflix documentary Miss Americana earned recognition among the group's nonfiction feature crop. On the screenplay front, Paul Greengrass' News of the World earned its first major notice along the current awards trail, while Disney's Soul — presumed to be in the hunt for a Best Picture nomination from the Academy — scored a spot on the NBR's top 10 and an individual victory in the animated category.

Elsewhere on the NBR's top 10 list are seasonal mainstays like Judas and the Black Messiah, Nomadland, and First Cow, while surprise nominees like The Midnight Sky and The Forty-Year-Old Version showed up in slots widely expected to go to movies like David Fincher's Mank and Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 — both of which were shut out completely.

Made up of film enthusiasts, academics, and various movie professionals, the NBR was established in 1909 by theater owners who opposed the revoking of exhibition licenses by New York City officials. Recently, it has become an integral stepping stone on the road to the Academy Awards, often giving a key boost of visiblity to contenders vying for Oscar nominations.

In the past, the awards body has served as a prominent springboard for titles breaking into the race, as placement atop the NBR chart ignited industry attention for Her and Mad Max: Fury Road ahead of multiple Oscar nods in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

Over the last 20 years, only two of the NBR's top-film winners have missed out on a Best Picture Oscar nomination: 2000's Quills and 2014's A Most Violent Year. Last year, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman earned the top spot, but lost all 10 of its eventual Oscar categories.

See the full list of National Board of Review winners below.

Best Film: Da 5 Bloods

Best Director: Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods 

Best Actor: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal 

Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung, Minari 

Best Adapted Screenplay: Paul Greengrass & Luke Davies, News of the World

Best Original Screenplay: Lee Isaac Chung, Minari 

Breakthrough Performance: Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always 

Best Directorial Debut: Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth  

Best Animated Feature: Soul 

Best Foreign Language Film: La Llorona

Best Documentary: Time 

NBR Icon Award: Chadwick Boseman 

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: One Night in Miami...

NBR Spotlight Award: Radha Blank for writing, directing, producing and starring in The Forty-Year-Old Version

Best Ensemble: Da 5 Bloods      

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Joshua James Richards, Nomadland 

Top Films (in alphabetical order): 

First Cow 

The Forty-Year-Old Version 

Judas and the Black Messiah 

The Midnight Sky 


News of the World 


Promising Young Woman 


Sound of Metal 

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order): 



Dear Comrades 

The Mole Agent 

Night of the Kings 

Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order):  

All In: The Fight for Democracy 

Boys State 

Dick Johnson is Dead 

Miss Americana 

The Truffle Hunters 

Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order):  

The Climb 


Farewell Amor 

Miss Juneteenth 

The Nest 

Never Rarely Sometimes Always 

The Outpost 


Saint Frances 


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