National Board Of Review Gives ‘Hugo’ The Top Prize, Swinton Gets Love For Ramsay’s ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

And the floodgates have opened.

Just a pair of days following the announcement of the New York Film Critics Circle’s choice for the best films and performances of the year, it’s the National Board Of Review’s turn, and they are going a much different route.

Martin Scorsese’s ‘˜Hugo’ won the award for best film, with Scorsese taking the prize for Best Director as well. It’s interesting to note as the other cinema love letter, The Artist, took NYFCC’s main award, making this a definite two horse race leading into December. JC Chandor continues to take Best Debut Director awards for ‘˜Margin Call’, something of a sleeper darling going into the end of the year, and ‘˜Rango’ is head and shoulders above the competition for Best Animated Feature, as it took this award.

George Clooney, Tilda Swinton (for Lynne Ramsay’s ‘˜Let’s Talk About Kevin’), Shailene Woodley and Christopher Plummer take acting awards for leads, supporting actress and actor respectively, slowly making them all the leaders in their respective categories going forward.   Overall, this is a bit of an interesting collection of awards, but still hasn’t sent the season into an interesting direction.   As far as this writer is concerned, it’s been chalk across the board, so we are still very much looking at a dull season.

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
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

What do you think?

Source IndieWIRE / Deadline