National Board of Review goes with “Hugo,” Scorsese – AWARDS ALLEY
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Traditionally, the National Board of Reviews prides itself on being one of the first organizations to announce its year-end film awards, celebrating the finest cinematic outputs of the previous 12 months.
This year, in a desperate attempt to be first (with little value to show for it), the New York Film Critics Circle jumped the gun, declaring Michel Hazanavicius’ outstanding “The Artist” as the Best Featrure of 2011, even though the NYFCC hadn’t seen every film released this year. (Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly notoriously refused to bend to the group’s screening demands.)
So this year, the NBR went next, and decided to run in the opposite direction from the NYFCC, rewarding Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” with its Best Film of the Year and Best Director 2011 distinctions.
George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) were named Best Actor and Actress respectively. Christopher Plummer continued his awards march for “Beginners,” while Clooney’s “Descendants” co-star, Shailene Woodley, nabbed Best Supporting Actress.
This year’s NBR awards will be handed out on Jan. 10 at Cipriani’s 42nd St. in New York City. The full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review are:
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
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