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National Board of Review Declares 'Hugo' Best Film of 2011

It’s only the first of December, but the National Board of Review is already doling out awards for the best films of 2011.

Made up of a “select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students,” the Board viewed over 250 films in 2011 – which means they saw everything that could be considered even remotely reward-worthy.

The organization has officially announced their award recipients in a press release today, and the film taking home Best Picture honors is Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. The 3D feature also earned Scorsese the Best Director nod as well – could this be foreshadowing things to come for the movie and its creator?

Best Actor went to George Clooney for his role in The Descendants while Tilda Swinton won Best Actress for her part in We Need to Talk About Kevin. The Descendants won again in the Supporting Actress category (Shailene Woodley) while the Supporting Actor trophy landed with Christopher Plummer for his work in Beginners.

Actress Rooney Mara scored the coveted Breakthrough Performance award for her leading role in David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, sharing the title with Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones.

The actual awards will be presented at a Gala event held on January 10th in New York City. Natalie Morales will host.

Scroll down for the full list of winners. Congrats to everyone on their excellent work and achievement.

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

NBR Top Films of 2011: 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 Foreign Language Films: 13 Assassins, Elite Squad: The Emeny Within, Footnote, Le Havre, Point Blank

Top Documentaries: Born to be Wild, Buck, George Harrison: Living in a Material World, Project Nim, Senna

Top 10 Independent Films: 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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