winners//NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW AWARDS


It's been a busy week for Hollywood as the film awards have officially gotten under way. Earlier this week the Gotham Awards hoisted The Tree of Life and Beginners in the Best Picture territory after deciding on a tie for their top prize. The New York Film Critics Circle also held their awards earlier this week giving Oscar frontrunner The Artist it's first major Best Picture win.
And now the National Board of Review has selected their picks for the years best in film. The biggest surprise comes in their choice for Best Picture: Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a family film that wasn't necessarily a box office hit when it was released last week. The reviews for the film were pretty solid, but audiences haven't seemed to taken notice just yet. This win will no doubt give it some steam in the next few week. Scorsese also picked up the Best Director prize. The film is now undoubtedly a serious contender for the Oscar Best Picture race. Besides naming a Best Picture, the National Board of Review also compiles a list of the top ten films of the year. The clear omission was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which hasn't been screened for anyone yet, explaining it's been absent from all awards so far. It's expected to be a big awards contender once it's released later this month. 
Here's a look at tonight's winners:

Best Picture
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
50/50

Best Adapted Screenplay
THE DESCENDANTS

Best Animated Film
RANGO

Breakthrough Performance
Felicity Jones, LIKE CRAZY

Best Ensemble
THE HELP

Top Ten 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
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

Top Ten 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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