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"Hugo" and Scorsese Take Top Prizes from National Board of Review

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    George Clooney stars as a man confronting the news that his comatose wife was having an affair, while also trying to decide what to do with his family's huge land holding. From director Alexander Payne, opens Nov. 18. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

    "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's first foray into the world's of children's films and 3D, won Best Picture from the National Board of Review, and earned him Best Director, as well. But no film took home more awards than George Clooney's "The Descendants."

    Clooney won Best Actor, while co-star Shailene Woodley earned Best Supporting Actress, and Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash took Best Adapted Screenplay, giving "The Descendants" three prizes.It's early yet, but we're guessing that no awards body will differ more from our own personal opinions, as both "Hugo" and "The Descendants" left us utterly cold. But what're you gonna do?

    Clooney's Life, Dignity and Sanity Circle the Drain in "The Descendants" Trailer

    [NATL] "The Descendants"
    George Clooney stars as a man confronting the news that his comatose wife was having an affair, while also trying to decide what to do with his family's huge land holding. From director Alexander Payne, opens Nov. 18. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

    That said, we're thrilled for Tilda Swinton's Best Actress win for "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Will Reiser's Best Original Screenplay prize for "50/50" and Felicity Jones' Breakthrough Performance award for "Like Crazy."

    Here's the complete list of winners:

    "Hugo"

    [NATL] "Hugo"
    From his home inside the walls of `the Paris subway, the orphaned son of a robot builder tries to unlock the mystery of how a strange girl came to own the key that operates his father's greatest creation. Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," it opens Nov. 23. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

    Best Film: Hugo

    Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

    "Like Crazy" Trailer

    [NY] "Like Crazy" Trailer
    The romantic drama and Sundance Festival darling starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones finally gets a trailer. (Published Friday, Oct 28, 2011)

    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: 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

    Ten Best 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

    Five Best Foreign-Language Films
    (in alphabetical order)
    13 Assassins
    Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
    Footnote
    Le Havre
    Point Blank

    Five Best Documentaries
    (in alphabetical order)
    Born to be Wild
    Buck
    George Harrison: Living in the Material World
    Project Nim
    Senna

    Top Ten 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