National Board of Review 1997

Top 10 films
* L.A. Confidential
As Good as It Gets
The Wings of the Dove
Good Will Hunting
The Sweet Hereafter
Boogie Nights
The Full Monty
The Rainmaker
Jackie Brown

Top Foreign Films
* Shall We Dance?
Beaumarchais, l’insolent
Ma vie en rose
La Promesse

Best Actor:
Jack Nicholson – As Good as It Gets

Best Actress:
Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove

Best Supporting Actor:
Greg Kinnear – As Good as It Gets

Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Heche – Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog

Best Director:
Curtis Hanson – L.A. Confidential

Best Acting by an Ensemble
The Sweet Hereafter

Breakthrough Performance:
Bai Ling – Red Corner

Outstanding Directorial Debut:
Kasi Lemmons – Eve’s Bayou

Best Documentary:
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control

Career Achievement Award:
Robert Duvall

Billy Wilder Award for Excellence in Directing:
Francis Ford Coppola

Special Achievement in Filmmaking:
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon – Good Will Hunting

William K. Everson Award for Film History
Gavin Lambert, Nazimova

Freedom of Expression:
Richard Gere and Jon Avnet – Red Corner

Special Citations:
Edward Bernds, Lifetime Achievement in Film Technology
James Cameron, Special Effects Technology, Titanic

Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking:
The Apostle
Chasing Amy
The Daytrippers
Different for Girls
In the Company of Men
Star Maps
The Tango Lesson
Telling Lies in America
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