Hugo Named Best Film by National Board of Review

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Days after the New York Film Critics Circle named The Artist their best film, the National Board of Review has tapped the Martin Scorsese-directed Hugo as their best film of 2011.

Martin Scorsese Directs Hugo

The award season is in full bloom, with the announcement this week of the Independent Spirit Award nominations. Having the NBR name Hugo Best Film adds ammo to the effort in getting Scorsese’s 3D brilliance the Academy Awards’ highest honor.

Some are calling the NBR award of Scorsese’s latest (check out our Hugo review) a surprise, but Movie Fanatic does not agree.

Hugo is a stellar film and it reminds us of why we go to the movies. It is also a celebration of film as it explores the early days of the medium while telling its tale of an orphan living in a Paris train station. NBR more than concurred as it also named Scorsese Best Director for his work.

The surprise in fact, came from their Best Screenplay award, which went to Will Reiser for his work on the semi-autobiographical 50/50. Don’t miss our interview with Reiser as he takes Movie Fanatic inside his NBR winning film.

The NBR then released its top 10 movies of the year list, and we run them in 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, The Tree of Life and War Horse. We agree on many of these, but have a few substitutions in our own Best of 2011 list, which will premiere December 20.

NBR gave acting honors to George Clooney for Best Actor for The Descendants, Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin, Christopher Plummer for Beginners and Shailene Woodley for The Descendants.

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