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

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"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?

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:

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, 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

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