Posted by: ckckred | December 3, 2011

The National Board of Review Winners: Hugo and More.

I talked about the NYFCC Winners before, so now its time for the National Board of Review Winners.  Now the winner for best picture had me surprised, Hugo.  I was expecting The Artist or The Descendants to win, but Hugo, which has received positive reviews, seems like the unexpected winner.  Nevertheless, I haven’t seen it yet (I really need to catch up), but I may see it this weekend.  This award has probably put Hugo on the top 5 contenders for the Oscars.

Martin Scorsese won Best Director for Hugo, while George Clooney won for The Descendants, and Tilda Swinton won for We Need To Talk About Kevin.  Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for The Beginners, and The Descendants also won for Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley) and Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash.  Yes, the same Jim Rash who plays Dean Pelton on Community).  One surprising winner was original screenplay, which went to Will Reiser for 50/50.  Shouldn’t of it gone to The Artist or Midnight in Paris.

But the National Board of Review isn’t a great Oscar predictor.  Last year, only two of the winners, Aaron Sorkin for the adapted screenplay of The Social Network and Christian Bale for Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, won Oscars.  This does, however, increase their chances of nominations.

 

Winners are below, credit to Gold Derby:

 

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
Will Reiser (“50/50”)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (“The Descendants”)

BEST ENSEMBLE
”The Help”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
”Rango”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
”A Separation”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

SPOTLIGHT AWARD
Michael Fassbender

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCES
Felicity Jones (“Like Crazy”)
Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”)

DEBUT DIRECTOR
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT 
The “Harry Potter” franchise

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
”Crime After Crime”
”Pariah”

BEST PICTURE NOMINEES (alphabetical)
”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”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE NOMINEES (alphabetical)
”13 Assassins”
”Elite Squad: The Enemy Within”
”Footnote”
”Le Havre”
”Point Blank”

BEST DOCUMENTARY NOMINEES (alphabetical)
”Born to be Wild”
”Buck”
”George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
”Project Nim”
”Senna”

BEST INDEPENDENT FILMS (alphabetical)
”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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