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NBR Awards Honor ‘Coco,’ ‘Loving Vincent’

Hit Pixar film and indie feature about Van Gogh will be feted at Jan. 9 ceremony in New York.

The National Board of Review named Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ the best animated film of the year.

The National Board of Review has named Disney-Pixar’s Coco the best animated feature of the year and added Loving Vincent to its list of the year’s top 10 independent features.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post was the top overall honoree, earning best picture, best actor for Tom Hanks and best actress for Meryl Streep.

The critics group also gave a Spotlight Award to Wonder Woman, honoring director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot.

The honorees will be feted at the National Board of Review Awards Gala, hosted by Willie Geist, Jan. 9 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The outcome for the animated feature category could have been very different, as the National Board of Review was one of several news organizations that said it would disqualify Disney films as long as the studio continued to bar the Los Angeles Times from advance screenings. Disney objected to a series the Times had published on its political and commercial influence in the city of Anaheim, home of Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure resorts.

The NBR joined The Washington Post and The New York Times in support of the Times, prompting Disney to quickly lift the ban.

Source: National Board of Review

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.