Comprised of scholars, filmmakers and students, the National Board of Review has named Martin Scorsese’s 3D homage to the early days of cinema, Hugo, as the best film of the year. Scorsese himself received the the best director prize.
Alexander Payne’s The Descendant received three nods: Best Actor for George Clooney for playing a father of two unruly daughters, Best supporting actress for Shailene Woodley for playing Clooney’s daughter, and Best Screenply for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
Tilda Swindon took the best actress award for potraying the mother of a young psychopath in the dark drama, We Need to talk about Kevin.
Christopher Plummer was hailed as the best supporting actor for his performance as a father who comes out at the age of 70, after the death of his wife, in Beginners.