Clooney & Scorsese Get Love From the National Board of Review (Complete List of Winners!)

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Traditionally the first round of critics to hand out their laurels, the National Board of Review today named its Best of the Best. Despite no nomination for George Clooney at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, he is considered a likely name in the Oscars list when it comes out in mid-January, and he received the NBR’s love today, picking up the Best Actor award. His co-star, young actress Shailene Woodley took home Best Supporting Actress.

Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo” was also singled out more than once, picking up two huge awards, Best Director and Best Film. The Board named nine films to its year’s best list, and another ten films to its best independent films list.

Here’s the official word!

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 Bookto 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

Tree of Life

War Horse

Top 5 Foreign Language Films

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