Congratulations are in order for today’s winners of awards as 2016’s best from the National Board of Review, a New York-based but countrywide-in-scope organization of movie scholars and reviewers that has honored film excellence annually for more than 75 years, the longest-spanning award bestowers and the earliest to announce of the major yearly critics groups whose judgments fuel the upcoming Academy Award® race. While there’s a deep track record of alignment with the eventual honorees at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar® ceremonies, NBR members have carved their own path throughout the years and many Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray titles have triumphed there, even when they have not done so down the line in Hollywood, although most – but not all – got noticed via nominations. For example, NBR Best Picture winners Mississippi Burning (1988) and Sense and Sensibility (1995) got a whole lotta additional love: additional Mississippi picks included Best Actor Gene Hackman, Director Alan Parker and Supporting Actress Frances McDormand, while Sense’s winning streak extended to Best Actress Emma Thompson (co cited with Carrington) and Best Director Ang Lee. The Story of Adèle H (1975) got doubly honored as Best Foreign Film and star Isabelle Adjani as Best Actress, and 19 years earlier, Moby Dick (1956) scored an NBR twofer as well, for Best Director John Huston and Best Supporting Actor Richard Basehart. There’s a rich vein of one-off awards too: Best Actors – David Carradine for Bound for Glory (1976) and Anthony Hopkins for The Remains of the Day (1993, co-cited with Shadowlands); Best Actress – Michelle Pfeiffer for The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989); Best Supporting Actor – Richard Farnsworth for Comes a Horseman (1978, entering the TT corral in January), Paul Dooley for Breaking Away (1979, available at a special promotional price through next Tuesday here: http://screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28466/BREAKING-AWAY-1979-SPECIAL-PROMOTION/) and John Malkovich for Places in the Heart (1984); Best Supporting Actress – Pamela Franklin for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and Valerie Perrine for Lenny (1974); and Best Acting Ensemble – the remarkably Dickensian cast of Nicholas Nickleby (2002, a December release coming up for preorder starting tomorrow). All are swell additions to anyone’s home entertainment winners circle.