"Hugo" earns best film of the year from National Board of Review

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Iconic Hollywood filmmaker Martin Scorsese's latest 3-D film "Hugo" garnered this year's best film from National Board of Review (NBR) as the group announced its honorees in New York on Thursday.

The film, released on Nov. 23 by Paramount Pictures as Scorsese's first movie project shot in 3-D, also earned the filmmaker the best director from the New York-based critics group. The flick was adapted from Brian Selznick's novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" which is a boy who lives alone in a Paris train station in the 1930s.

"'Hugo' is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese," said NBR President Annie Schulhof. "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."

George Clooney was named best actor for his portrayal in "The Descendants," a comedy in which Clooney played a land baron who tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident. The film also garnered two other awards including best supporting actress for Shailene Woodley, and best screenplay adaptation for Alexander Payne and his two co-writers.

The best actress award went to Tilda Swinton from "We Need to Talk about Kevin." As a British actress, Swinton played the title role, a mother who tries to deal with her grief -- and feelings of responsibility for her child's actions after her teenage boy went on a high-school killing spree.

Christopher Plummer, 81, was picked by the group as best supporting actor. The veteran portrayed a father, a retired man who comes out as gay after his wife of 45 years dies in "Beginners."

The group, founded in 1909 as one of the first groups which award best films for each year, also announced several best-of-year lists including that of the year's 10 top films.

The 10 honorees, according to NBR, are "Hugo," "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" and "War Horse."

A gala for the annual awards is slated to take place on Jan. 10, 2012 in Cipriani's in New York City. Natalie Morales, news anchor for NBC's "Today," will host the event.

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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