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2022 National Board of Review awards winners: Top Gun: Maverick is Best Film

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

The National Board of Review, once the semi-official opener of the year's awards season, is these days less prominently positioned in the awards calendar, but no less influential in the race. This year, they've made some quintessentially NBR choices - if you know their tastes, picks like Top Gun: Maverick for Best Film, Steven Spielberg for Best Director, and All Quiet on the Western Front for Best Adapted Screenplay won't surprise you at all. Although some of their Best Film Top 10 (which, including Top Gun, is really a Top 11) probably won't transfer over to the Academy's own ten nominees for its top award, there aren't any real surprises there either, and it's good to see three movies by female directors on the list. They join three sequels, with Top Gun accompanied by Avatar: The Way of Water and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Check out all the 2022 NBR awards winners below.

Best Film

Top Gun: Maverick


Avatar: The Way of Water

The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery



The Woman King Women Talking

Best Director

Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans)

Best Actress

Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Best Actor

Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)

Best Supporting Actress

Janelle Monae (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery)

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin)

Best Original Screenplay

Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell (All Quiet on the Western Front)

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Claudio Miranda (Top Gun: Maverick)

Best Ensemble

Women Talking

Best Animated Feature

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Best Documentary


All That Breathes

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed


Turn Every Page - The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb


Best International Film


All Quiet on the Western Front

Argentina, 1985

Decision to Leave


Saint Omer

Best Independent Film

Armageddon Time

Emily the Criminal

The Eternal Daughter

Funny Pages

The Inspection


A Love Song


To Leslie

The Wonder

Best Directorial Debut

Charlotte Wells (Aftersun)

Breakthrough Performance Award

Danielle Deadwyler (Till)

Gabriel LaBelle (The Fabelmans)

NBR Freedom of Expression Award

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Argentina, 1985


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