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Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Wins Best Film of 2011 from National Board of Review

Martin Scorsese's Hugo Wins Best Film of 2011 from National Board of Review

The National Board of Review winners are led by Martin Scorsese’s 3-D homage to silent cinema, “Hugo,” which won best film and director. While George Clooney was left out of the New York Film Critics awards and Indie Spirit nominations, he won best actor from NBR, which is a group of film enthusiasts, academics, young filmmakers and students. He had a good day, as “The Ides of March,” which he wrote and directed, also earned a spot on the top ten list. Tilda Swinton was named best actress for “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which helps to elevate the British actress in the awards race.  With his NBR win, “Beginners” star Christopher Plummer continues his march to a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, as does “The Descendants” Shailene Woodley. “The Desendants,” one of the top ten films (below), earned three additional awards, for actor, supporting actress and adapted screenplay for Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.

On the other hand, while “Moneyball” did well with the New York Film Critics Circle, it won nothing from this group. Rooney Mara won best breakthrough performance for David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which was also included in the NBR’s top ten films, but was ignored by the NYFCC; she shared with Gotham-winner Felicity Jones of “Like Crazy.” Spotlight Award went to Michael Fassbender who has been earning plaudits for his four film this year. Debut director J.C. Chandor won for “Margin Call,” as he did at the Gothams Monday night. Another indie, Will Reiser, won best original screenplay for “50/50,” a true story about his fight against cancer. Considered a frontrunner in the Oscar race, “Rango” won best animated feature. Iran’s “A Separation” continued to be singled out as foreign film; it also won the New York Film Critics.

Significant omissions from the NBR winners include Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” “Albert Nobbs,” starring Glenn Close, Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst, “The Iron Lady,” whose star Meryl Streep won best actress at the NYFCC, Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult,” starring Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt, “My Week with Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams, and “Tinker Tailor Solder Spy,” starring Gary Oldman. Left off the top ten list was “The Help,” which had to settle for Best Ensemble.

The awards will be presented on January 10 at Cipriani’s 
at a gala hosted by Natalie Morales.

Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film: Hugo
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Debut Director: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Ensemble: The Help
Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)
NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime
NBR Freedom of Expression: Pariah
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: The Harry Potter Franchise – A Distinguished Translation from Book
to Film
Top Films 
(in alphabetical order)
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Ides of March
J. Edgar
Tree of Life
War Horse
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
13 Assassins
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Le Havre
Point Blank
Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)
Born to be Wild
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
Another Earth
A Better Life
Cedar Rapids
Margin Call
Take Shelter
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Win Win


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