2011 National Board of Review Winners Announced

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo was awarded with the top honor this afternoon at The National Board of Review, turning the Oscar race on its head once more.  Though critically hailed as one of the years best, Hugo has yet to find a real fan base outside the “circle”, therefore making it somewhat of a financial failure, and making its NBR win a huge surprise.

Why not recent New York Film Critic’s Circle winner The Artist? Better yet, why not critically acclaimed Moneyball, which was shut out by the review board, not even making it to the list of top films of 2011.  For what it’s worth, I’m probably one of the few people who didn’t enjoy Moneyball, but I digress.

Top winners included Martin Scorsese (Best Director, Hugo), George Clooney (Best Actor, The Descendants) , Tilda Swinton (Best Actress, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Christopher Plummer  (Supporting Actor, Beginners) and Shailene Woodley (Supporting Actress, The Descendants).

Full list down below:

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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