National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance

The National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance is one of the annual film awards given (since 1995) by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[1]



Year Winner Film Role
1995 Alicia Silverstone Clueless Cherilyn “Cher” Horowitz
1996 Renée Zellweger Jerry Maguire Dorothy Boyd
1997 Bai Ling Red Corner Shen Yuelin
1998 Angelina Jolie Playing by Heart Joan
Billy Crudup The Hi-Lo Country Pete Calder
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena
Wes Bentley American Beauty Ricky Fitts


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Michelle Rodriguez Girlfight Diana Guzman
Jamie Bell Billy Elliot Billy Elliot
2001 Naomi Watts Mulholland Drive Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn
Hayden Christensen Life as a House Sam Monroe
2002 Maggie Gyllenhaal Secretary Lee Holloway
Derek Luke Antwone Fisher Antwone Fisher
2003 Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
Paul Giamatti American Splendor Harvey Pekar
2004 Emmy Rossum The Phantom of the Opera Christine Daaé
Topher Grace In Good Company / P.S. Carter Duryea / F. Scott Feinstadt
2005 Q'Orianka Kilcher The New World Pocahontas
Terrence Howard Crash / Get Rich or Die Tryin' / Hustle & Flow Cameron Thayer / Bama / Djay
2006 Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls Effie White
Rinko Kikuchi Babel Chieko Wataya
Ryan Gosling Half Nelson Dan Dunne
2007 Ellen Page Juno Juno MacGuff
Emile Hirsch Into the Wild Christopher “Alexander Supertramp” McCandless
2008 Viola Davis Doubt Mrs. Miller
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire Jamal Malik
2009 Gabourey Sidibe Precious Claireece “Precious” Jones
Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker Sergeant First Class William James


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly
2011 Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander
Felicity Jones Like Crazy Anna Maria Gardner
2012 Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy
Tom Holland The Impossible Lucas Bennett
2013 Adèle Exarchopoulos Blue Is the Warmest Colour Adèle
Michael B. Jordan Fruitvale Station Oscar Grant
2014 Jack O'Connell Starred Up / Unbroken Eric Love / Louis “Louie” Zamperini
2015 Abraham Attah Beasts of No Nation Agu
Jacob Tremblay Room Jack Newsome
2016 Royalty Hightower The Fits Toni
Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea Patrick Chandler
2017 Timothée Chalamet Call Me By Your Name Elio Perlman
2018 Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie Leave No Trace Tom
2019 Paul Walter Hauser Richard Jewell Richard Jewell


  1. ^ "Best Actress Archives – National Board of Review". National Board of Review. Retrieved February 2, 2015.