Hugo and The Descendants lead the National Board of Review Winners

The latest awards group to chime in on this season’s films, the National Board of Review, announced their winners today and there were a couple of shockers. Taking the Best Picture and Director prize were Martin Scorcesse’s critically lauded Hugo. Many pundits figured it might be playing in the awards derby, but with these honors, it picks up some serious heat. Another surprise came in the Best Actress category where Tilda Swinton won for We Need to Talk About Kevin where she plays a confused and conflicted grieving mother. If you’ve seen the film, you know she deserves serious attention, but thus far, she has been overshadowed in the race by big names like Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams… One presumed Oscar front-runner, The Descendants, landed three nods for Actor (George Clooney), Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley) and Screenplay while Christopher Plummer grabs another award for Supporting Actor for Beginners following his Indie Spirit nod and his NYFCC win. For more on the National Board of Review, head here and check out all the winners below.

National Board of Review Winners~
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
Drive
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
Footnote
Le Havre
Point Blank

Top 5 Documentaries (In Alphabetical Order)
Born to be Wild
Buck
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna

Top 10 Independent Films (In Alphabetical Order)
50/50
Another Earth
Beginners
A Better Life
Cedar Rapids
Margin Call
Shame
Take Shelter
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Win Win

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