The National Board of Review has a long history of kicking off the awards season, setting trends and marking initial frontrunners. This year, Martin Scorsese’s 3D adventure Hugo has taken an early lead, much like The Social Network did last year, by being named Best Film by the NBR. Scorsese also won the Best Director award.
The Descendants was another notable winner, snagging Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash), as well as landing a place in the list of the year’s 10 Top Films.
The New York Film Critics Circle got a jump on the NBR this year by releasing its annual awards on Tuesday, but none of the winners match. The NYFCC handed out Best Picture to The Artist, while Brad Pitt grabbed Best Actor for Moneyball and The Tree of Life.
The Help received the Best Ensemble award from the NBR, but was conspicuously absent from all other categories, including the 10 Top Films. The Iron Lady, for which Meryl Streep nabbed the NYFCC’s Best Actress honors, was notably absent from the NBR’s awards, which considered Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) this year’s Best Actress.