Paul Giamatti, Bradley Cooper, & More at the National Board of Review Gala

The stars were among the 17 honorees at the annual National Board of Review gala, as awards season ramps up.

On a not-at-all red carpet inside Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday night, Da’Vine Joy Randolph was glowing.

“The fact that these people actually even seen my work is just mind-blowing,” said the actress, a star of “The Holdovers,” who was being honored with the National Board of Review’s best supporting actress prize at its annual film awards gala, just days after she had won her first Golden Globe on Sunday for her role in the film.

A few feet away on the gray carpet was Celine Song, who came to accept the prize for best directorial debut for “Past Lives.” She was sporting a tuxedo jacket, a long skirt and a bow tie.

“Because the movie is so personal, any time somebody connects to the film, I always feel less lonely; I feel very seen and understood and embraced,” said Ms. Song, who based the romantic film partly on her own experience with a childhood friend.

Bradley Cooper was presented with the annual icon award by Anne Hathaway.

Noma Dumezweni, left, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who was honored with the best supporting actress prize.Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

Just then, a clamor erupted: Paul Giamatti, another star of “The Holdovers,” who was also being honored at the film awards gala for his performance, had stepped onto the carpet.

SOURCE: New York Times

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