A congratulations is in order as Lady Gaga has just received her first award of the season for her role in A Star Is Born as Best Actress by The National Board of Review. Sam Elliot also received a win in the Best Supporting Actor category.
However, this win is notoriously bittersweet. Most of the time actors and actresses who win with NBR almost never win their categories at The Oscars as the National Board of Review has a history of awarding movies not typically recognized by The Oscars. For example, last years big winner with the Academy, Shape of Water, was nowhere to be found in the NBR Top 10 along with other snubbed major Oscar winners Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. The win with NBR is said to be a kiss of death to their (potential) academy nomination. Heres to hoping that if anyone can break this curse, it’s Lady Gaga.