By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Just about all of the major Oscar contenders except for the presumptive favorite, Boyhood, were feted in one way or another at Tuesday night’s 86th annual National Board of Review Awards. Handed out at the stately Cipiriani 42nd Street restaurant by a 106-year-old group comprised of “knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students” — few if any of whom are also members of the Academy — it was a marathon three-hour evening, hosted by NBC’s Willie Geist, that featured the presentation of no fewer than 19 awards, the winners of which were announced on Dec. 2.
The winner of the most and biggest prizes was J.C.Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, a crime drama starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain that was awarded best film, one-half of best actor (Isaac) and best supporting actress (Chastain). Birdman took home two big prizes, the other half of best actor (Michael Keaton) and best supporting actor (Edward Norton), while American Sniper (best director Clint Eastwood) and Still Alice (best actress Julianne Moore) were also accorded major recognition.