National Board of Review Names ‘Hugo’ Film of the Year

ALTContinuing the quasi-kickoff of awards season, Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo has received the highest honor from the esteemed National Board of Review: film of the year.

The New York-based Board, comprised of scholars, filmmakers and students, also named Scorsese the year’s best director.

Other awards of note: best actor for George Clooney (The Descendants — whose director, Alexander Payne, won for his adapted screenplay, and costar, Shailene Woodley, won best supporting actress) and best actress for Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin). Additionally, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s Rooney Mara and Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones were honored by the group as 2011’s breakthrough performers.

Here is the complete list of winners:

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 FranchiseA Distinguished Translation from Book to Film

Source: THR