The National Board of Review handed out the first major awards of the film season and A Star Is Born took home several top awards, including Best Director for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Lady Gaga, and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott.
The Fader reported that Gaga’s role has generated awards buzz since Star’s debut at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Past winners for the National Board of Review’s Best Actress prize include Meryl Streep for The Post, Amy Adams (Arrival), and Brie Larson (Room). Larson nabbed an Oscar for Best Actress for Room in 2016 at the show’s 88th annual event.
A Star Is Born has made over $100 million at the box office and the film’s soundtrack has found success as well, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.
Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have the potential to make Oscars history during the 2019 Academy Awards, according to a popular Hollywood polling site for their smash movie A Star is Born.
The twosome is favorited to get nods for both Best Actor and Actress for the film, as well as Best Director for Cooper and Best Song for Gaga for either “I’ll Never Love Again” or “Shallow.”
In Academy history, according to Goldderby, there have only been seven occasions in Oscar history where the Best Actor and Best Actress awards have gone to a duo from the same movie.
The last time two actors from the same film won was in 1997 for the film As Good as it Gets. Both Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won in their respective categories for that film.
Here is the complete list of winners from the National Board of Review
Best Film: Green Book
Best Director: Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Best Actress: Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Animated Feature: Incredibles 2
Breakthrough Performance: Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
Best Directorial Debut: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Best Foreign Language Film: Cold War
Best Documentary: RBG
Best Ensemble: Crazy Rich Asians
William K. Everson Film History Award: The Other Side of the Wind and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: 22 July and On Her Shoulders
The National Board of Review Awards will be handed out at a gala in New York on Jan. 8.