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National Board of Review Names Winners

In a surprising move, The National Board of Review named Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" the Best Film of the Year today. This is certainly shaping up to be an interesting year, what with no definitive front-runner. (Sure, one could argue it's "The Artist," but it's not signed, sealed, and delivered the way "The King's Speech" was as of Sept. 2010.)

Scorsese also took the Best Director prize, and George Clooney was named Best Actor for "The Descendants." Supporting honors went to Shailene Woodley for "The Descendants" and Christopher Plummer for "Beginners." None of these are surprising, but what is a bit of a shock is to see Tilda Swinton sweep in for Best Actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Swinton has been just outside the top five contenders (Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron) and this could be a big boost for her campaign.

The top films of the year, according to the NBR, are: "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," and "War Horse." No big shocks here, though it is nice to see the Harry Potter finale getting some love.  

Full list of winners after the jump.

--Jenelle Riley


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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