Hugo has topped the National Board of Review. The film also received Best Director for Martin Scorsese. The Descendants regained its buzz as Alexander Payne's screenplay, George Clooney and Shailene Woodley recieved awards. Beginners continued its winning streak as it won Best Supporting Actor. However the biggest surprise comes with Tilda Swinton as everyone expected Michelle Williams or Meryl Streep to win Best Actress.
Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:
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