“Top Gun: Maverick is a thrilling crowd-pleaser that is expertly crafted on every level,” NBR President Annie Schulhof said.
“Tom Cruise, Joseph Kosinski, and the entire [film-making] team have succeeded in making an incredibly popular film that brought audiences back to theaters, while at the same time being a full-on cinematic achievement.”
The National Board of Review made their picks Thursday, and Claudio Miranda was awarded best cinematography for his work on the sequel to the 1986 classic.
Other films recognized by the National Board of Review include Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film The Fabelmans, The Banshees of Inisherin starring Colin Farrell, and Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The National Board of Review winners will be handed their NBR Awards during an untelevised gala next month.