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Hugo named best film by National Board of Review


Story by Jack Foley

THE influential National Board of Review has named Martin Scorsese’s Hugo as the best film of the year.

The group, comprised of scholars, filmmakers and students, also named Scorsese best director for his 3D homage to the early days of film.

The endorsements will be seen as a boost to the film’s chances of landing some major awards this coming Oscars season.

Commenting on Hugo‘s merits, Annie Schulhof, NBR president, said: “Hugo is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese. It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world. It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging.”

Further prizes handed out by the NBR included acting awards for George Clooney for The Descendants and Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Descendants also claimed the best screenplay adaptation award for Alexander Payne (who also directed), Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, as well as best supporting actress for Shailene Woodley, who plays Clooney’s elder daughter.

Christopher Plummer took the best supporting actor for his performance as a father who comes out late in life in Beginners.

And Rooney Mara and Felicity Jones also landed breakthrough performance awards for, respectively, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Like Crazy.

Will Reiser took the best original screenplay honour for the cancer comedy 50/50 which is partly based on his own experiences.

Next awards story: New York critics name Meryl Streep Best Actress