Kiwi actress Thomasin McKenzie has won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2019 National Board of Review Awards in New York.
McKenzie, 18, won the award for her performance in Leave No Trace, directed by Debra Granik.
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The Breakthrough Performance Award has been given to stars such as Timothée Chalamet, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence in the past. Lawrence won for her performance in Granik's last film, Winter's Bone.
McKenzie earned rave reviews for her performance as a young woman growing up in the woods with her father in Leave No Trace. She has since wrapped four films, including Taika Waititi's next project, Jojo Rabbit.
In December, McKenzie was nominated for Best Young Actor/Actress at the Critic's Choice Awards.