2011 National Board Of Review Winners

The National Board Of Review has just announced its 2011 winners that are to be honoured in a ceremony on January 10th.

Take note, doubters – they picked Hugo as their Film Of The Year. I don’t think this Race is set in stone just yet.

Annie Schulhof, NBR President, on Hugo: “It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world.  It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging.”

Anyway, here are the award winners in full:

Best Film:


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:


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:


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
The 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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