Monday, December 5, 2011
Awards - National Board of Review - Hugo throws it's hat into the main ring
"HUGO is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese. 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." -- Annie Schulhof, NBR President
The National Board of Review has announced their winners for the year. For those who may not know, the Board consists of a group of film professionals, students, enthusiasts, and academics. They are always one of the first groups to announce their awards in the calendar year, and later hold a gala to present the winners with their awards. Here are their winners for 2011...
Top Ten Films
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2
HUGO (#1 Film of the Year)
THE IDES OF MARCH
TREE OF LIFE
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 Ensemble Cast: THE HELP
Best Animated Feature: RANGO
Best Foreign Language Film: A SEPARATION
Best Documentary: PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY
Best Breakthrough Performance: FELICITY JONES "LIKE CRAZY" & ROONEY MARA "THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO"
Best Debut Director: J.C. CHANDOR "MARGIN CALL"
NBR Freedom of Expression: CRIME AFTER CRIME & PARIAH
Spotlight Award: MICHAEL FASSBENDER "A DANGEROUS METHOD", "JANE EYRE", "SHAME" & "X-MEN: FIRST CLASS"
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: THE HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE - A DISTINGUISHED TRANSLATION FROM BOOK TO FILM
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN
Top 5 Documentaries
BORN TO BE WILD
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD
Top 10 Independent Films
A BETTER LIFE
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN