National Board of Review 2011 Winners: ‘Hugo,’ Martin Scorsese, George Clooney and Tilda Swinton Earn Honors


That sound you just heard was Oscar prognosticators waking up to the very-real possibility of ‘Hugo’ playing a major part in the awards race. The cinematic love-letter won top honors from the National Board of Review on Thursday, with Martin Scorsese earning the Best Director trophy. Other winners include George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Christopher Plummer and Shailene Woodley. With three awards, ‘The Descendants’ was the most lauded film, meaning whatever momentum the Alexander Payne-directed film lost after the New York Film Critics Circle awards has been gained back. Check out the full list of winners ahead.

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, ‘The Descendants’

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’
‘The 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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