Hugo Named Best Film by NBR

HUGO

NAMED 2011 BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY
THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

***
2011 Gala to be held on
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
hosted by Natalie Morales

New York, NY – (December 1, 2011) – The National Board of Review has named HUGO the 2011 Best Film of the Year.  Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film was released on November 23rd by Paramount Pictures.
Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:
Best Film: Hugo
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Debut Director: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Ensemble: The Help
Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)
NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime
NBR Freedom of Expression: Pariah
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: The Harry Potter Franchise – A Distinguished Translation from Book
to Film
 
Top Films
(in alphabetical 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
Tree of Life
War Horse

 
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
 
13 Assassins
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Footnote
Le Havre
Point Blank
 
Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)
 
Born to be Wild
Buck
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna
 
Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
 
50/50
Another Earth
Beginners
A Better Life
Cedar Rapids
Margin Call
Shame
Take Shelter
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Win Win
 
“HUGO is such a personal film by Martin Scorsese,” said Annie Schulhof, NBR President. “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.”
A select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts and professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students, the National Board of Review viewed over 250 films this year including studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary selections.  These screenings were frequently followed by in-depth discussions with filmmakers, directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.
The National Board of Review honors diverse members of the film community at their annual Awards Gala, which also acts as a fundraiser for student grant philanthropy.  Hosted by Natalie Morales, this year’s Gala will take place on January 10, 2012 at Cipriani’s 42nd St. in New York City.

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264 Comments

  1. December 1, 2011

    TILDA!

  2. December 1, 2011

    TILDA!

  3. Heath87
    December 1, 2011

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Heath87
    December 1, 2011

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Matt Neglia
    December 1, 2011

    Great for Hugo!! Very happy to see some love for the girl with the dragon tattoo!! And drive is in the top 10!!! This is so awesome!!

  6. Matt Neglia
    December 1, 2011

    Great for Hugo!! Very happy to see some love for the girl with the dragon tattoo!! And drive is in the top 10!!! This is so awesome!!

  7. December 1, 2011

    Leave it to the NBR to actually make some fantastic choices. TILDA! TILDA! And HUGO is a terrific choice. They’ve bested the NYFCC with their selections in my opinion.

  8. December 1, 2011

    Leave it to the NBR to actually make some fantastic choices. TILDA! TILDA! And HUGO is a terrific choice. They’ve bested the NYFCC with their selections in my opinion.

  9. Joe W
    December 1, 2011

    No Moneyball anywhere. Disappointing…

    Harry Potter stays in the conversation though, for how long who knows

  10. Joe W
    December 1, 2011

    No Moneyball anywhere. Disappointing…

    Harry Potter stays in the conversation though, for how long who knows

  11. k-a
    December 1, 2011

    Wow a second award in a raw that NO ONE has predicted! Great year

  12. k-a
    December 1, 2011

    Wow a second award in a raw that NO ONE has predicted! Great year

  13. Naruse
    December 1, 2011

    Tilda! And Hugo!

    NYFCC can now officially go to hell.

  14. Naruse
    December 1, 2011

    Tilda! And Hugo!

    NYFCC can now officially go to hell.

  15. Joey
    December 1, 2011

    Harry Potter!!! AHHHH!!!

  16. Joey
    December 1, 2011

    Harry Potter!!! AHHHH!!!

  17. Magically Delicious
    December 1, 2011

    J. Edgar AND The Ides of March in their top ten? Ouch.

  18. Magically Delicious
    December 1, 2011

    J. Edgar AND The Ides of March in their top ten? Ouch.

  19. Megan
    December 1, 2011

    Shailene Woodley? For real?

  20. Megan
    December 1, 2011

    Shailene Woodley? For real?

  21. unlikelyhood
    December 1, 2011

    Clint is not out yet!

    If you’re in the top 10 films, are you disqualified from the top independent films?

  22. unlikelyhood
    December 1, 2011

    Clint is not out yet!

    If you’re in the top 10 films, are you disqualified from the top independent films?

  23. December 1, 2011

    ‘Drive’ in the top ten and ‘Hugo’ for best feature? Love it.

  24. December 1, 2011

    ‘Drive’ in the top ten and ‘Hugo’ for best feature? Love it.

  25. Marcus
    December 1, 2011

    Assuming they were not screened EXTREMELY LOUD / CLOSE yet either?

  26. Marcus
    December 1, 2011

    Assuming they were not screened EXTREMELY LOUD / CLOSE yet either?

  27. Darwin
    December 1, 2011

    -moneyball gets (sadly) skunked
    -lifeline for descendants (going all in for shailene as oppose to putting her in breakthrough)
    -like the love for Tattoo!!
    -descendants get 2 acting nod and not ensemble? go figure.

  28. Darwin
    December 1, 2011

    -moneyball gets (sadly) skunked
    -lifeline for descendants (going all in for shailene as oppose to putting her in breakthrough)
    -like the love for Tattoo!!
    -descendants get 2 acting nod and not ensemble? go figure.

  29. Ivan
    December 1, 2011

    Great choices!!!!

    Tilda Swinton, Christopher Plummer, the spotlight for Fassbender!!!!
    Scorsese, 50/50, Felicty Jones!!!!!
    and the best of all… is no single mention for Moneyball

  30. Ivan
    December 1, 2011

    Great choices!!!!

    Tilda Swinton, Christopher Plummer, the spotlight for Fassbender!!!!
    Scorsese, 50/50, Felicty Jones!!!!!
    and the best of all… is no single mention for Moneyball

  31. December 1, 2011

    @ Magically Delicious

    The Ides of March and J. Edgar both made it into their Top 10 because they’re a bit obsessed with George Clooney and Clint Eastwood. The two of them could make a porno and they’d still reward it with a mention.

  32. December 1, 2011

    @ Magically Delicious

    The Ides of March and J. Edgar both made it into their Top 10 because they’re a bit obsessed with George Clooney and Clint Eastwood. The two of them could make a porno and they’d still reward it with a mention.

  33. John Oliver
    December 1, 2011

    Only 37 percent of actresses who’s won the New York film critics award since their inception, went on to win the Oscar. In the 50′s it was 70%. In the 2000′s only 20%.

  34. John Oliver
    December 1, 2011

    Only 37 percent of actresses who’s won the New York film critics award since their inception, went on to win the Oscar. In the 50′s it was 70%. In the 2000′s only 20%.

  35. Human being
    December 1, 2011

    Another good news for Drive! Go go!

  36. Human being
    December 1, 2011

    Another good news for Drive! Go go!

  37. Bobby C
    December 1, 2011

    Called it!! Congrats to HUGO and Martin Scorsese!! Well-deserved wins!!! :)

  38. Bobby C
    December 1, 2011

    Called it!! Congrats to HUGO and Martin Scorsese!! Well-deserved wins!!! :)

  39. Jason
    December 1, 2011

    HUGO! So happy to see that! Nice to see Potter make it into the top 10 as well.

  40. Jason
    December 1, 2011

    HUGO! So happy to see that! Nice to see Potter make it into the top 10 as well.

  41. Habsburg
    December 1, 2011

    TILDA!!!

    Hugo!

    Love their pix.

  42. Habsburg
    December 1, 2011

    TILDA!!!

    Hugo!

    Love their pix.

  43. Bill
    December 1, 2011

    Way to go Tilda!!!!

  44. Bill
    December 1, 2011

    Way to go Tilda!!!!

  45. JFK
    December 1, 2011

    Wow, I saw Tilda at a screening of “Kevin” last night and never saw this coming. She is fantastic, but wow, I thought most would shy away due to the dark subject matter.

  46. JFK
    December 1, 2011

    Wow, I saw Tilda at a screening of “Kevin” last night and never saw this coming. She is fantastic, but wow, I thought most would shy away due to the dark subject matter.

  47. amanda
    December 1, 2011

    Tilda such an inspiring and deserving choice only to be balanced out by Clooney.

  48. amanda
    December 1, 2011

    Tilda such an inspiring and deserving choice only to be balanced out by Clooney.

  49. Diego
    December 1, 2011

    @ John Oliver

    Well, then, that’s bad news for Tilda.

  50. Diego
    December 1, 2011

    @ John Oliver

    Well, then, that’s bad news for Tilda.

  51. Partee875
    December 1, 2011

    After these two critics awards I would say The Descendants looks like it is going to be an Up In the Air. Up in the Air and The Descendants both received Best Actor, Best Supporting and Best Screenplay from the NBR but unlike Up in the Air in 2009, The Descendants didn’t get a win here. NBR was the only time Up In the Air prevailed in the big critics awards and like The Descendants was the early frontrunner. I’d say it’s chances of winning the Oscar are severely diminished now.

  52. Partee875
    December 1, 2011

    After these two critics awards I would say The Descendants looks like it is going to be an Up In the Air. Up in the Air and The Descendants both received Best Actor, Best Supporting and Best Screenplay from the NBR but unlike Up in the Air in 2009, The Descendants didn’t get a win here. NBR was the only time Up In the Air prevailed in the big critics awards and like The Descendants was the early frontrunner. I’d say it’s chances of winning the Oscar are severely diminished now.

  53. Squasher88
    December 1, 2011

    Ha! J. Edgar! Some people never change.

  54. Squasher88
    December 1, 2011

    Ha! J. Edgar! Some people never change.

  55. JMC
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy to see accolades for The Descendents, Harry Potter, Drive, and 50/50! That said, major whiff on missing out on Moneyball. Also glad for Ides of March, which I find underrated.

    I must say, not happy at all with the love for Hugo. I know it’s a hit with film junkies and many on this site, but I’m hoping it doesn’t get a nomination, let alone a win. I just find it the most overrated film of the year.

  56. JMC
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy to see accolades for The Descendents, Harry Potter, Drive, and 50/50! That said, major whiff on missing out on Moneyball. Also glad for Ides of March, which I find underrated.

    I must say, not happy at all with the love for Hugo. I know it’s a hit with film junkies and many on this site, but I’m hoping it doesn’t get a nomination, let alone a win. I just find it the most overrated film of the year.

  57. Nick
    December 1, 2011

    NBR should change its name to CEBR: Clooney & Eastwood Board of Review. Congrats to others, though.

  58. Nick
    December 1, 2011

    NBR should change its name to CEBR: Clooney & Eastwood Board of Review. Congrats to others, though.

  59. Manuel
    December 1, 2011

    T I L D A!!!

    And I love the Dragon Tattoo and Michael Fassbender love ;)

    The Tree of Life is still hanging on

  60. Manuel
    December 1, 2011

    T I L D A!!!

    And I love the Dragon Tattoo and Michael Fassbender love ;)

    The Tree of Life is still hanging on

  61. LSUduck
    December 1, 2011

    So excited about Tilda’s win! Well deserved!! Also happy about the awards for Felicity Jones and Fassbender! I need to see Hugo ASAP so I can’t say too much about Hugo’s win but I am thrilled with these picks in general! I do agree with Darwin though. It’s odd that the ensemble award went to The Help over The Descendants win the latter won two acting awards.

  62. LSUduck
    December 1, 2011

    So excited about Tilda’s win! Well deserved!! Also happy about the awards for Felicity Jones and Fassbender! I need to see Hugo ASAP so I can’t say too much about Hugo’s win but I am thrilled with these picks in general! I do agree with Darwin though. It’s odd that the ensemble award went to The Help over The Descendants win the latter won two acting awards.

  63. JP
    December 1, 2011

    Wow! Hugo is the new dark horse of the race and Harry Potter, Dragon Tattoo, Tree of Life are alive fighting for the nomination!

  64. JP
    December 1, 2011

    Wow! Hugo is the new dark horse of the race and Harry Potter, Dragon Tattoo, Tree of Life are alive fighting for the nomination!

  65. Tomris Laffly
    December 1, 2011

    There are some good choices here of course; but some unforgivably poor ones as well. In what world, IDES OF MARCH makes it in the top 10 list where MONEYBALL is shut out? And in what world, A SEPARATION doesn’t get into the list of best foreign language films? Please…

  66. Tomris Laffly
    December 1, 2011

    There are some good choices here of course; but some unforgivably poor ones as well. In what world, IDES OF MARCH makes it in the top 10 list where MONEYBALL is shut out? And in what world, A SEPARATION doesn’t get into the list of best foreign language films? Please…

  67. Christoph
    December 1, 2011

    Special Award for the Potter-Franchise! Brillant decision!

  68. Christoph
    December 1, 2011

    Special Award for the Potter-Franchise! Brillant decision!

  69. John Oliver
    December 1, 2011

    Only 34% of the actresses that’s won the NBR have gone on to win the Oscar.

  70. John Oliver
    December 1, 2011

    Only 34% of the actresses that’s won the NBR have gone on to win the Oscar.

  71. R
    December 1, 2011

    Ugh. Hugo is only getting a free pass because it is Scorsese. The film itself is a sappy mess. The emperor has no clothes

  72. R
    December 1, 2011

    Ugh. Hugo is only getting a free pass because it is Scorsese. The film itself is a sappy mess. The emperor has no clothes

  73. felipe
    December 1, 2011

    No love for Woody Allen?

  74. jorge
    December 1, 2011

    im happy for tilda i would love to see her gettin in, instead od O.L. streep…

    im a big fan or the girl with the dragoon tattooo but i dont want to see ugly mara anywhere near from the oscars…

  75. felipe
    December 1, 2011

    No love for Woody Allen?

  76. jorge
    December 1, 2011

    im happy for tilda i would love to see her gettin in, instead od O.L. streep…

    im a big fan or the girl with the dragoon tattooo but i dont want to see ugly mara anywhere near from the oscars…

  77. Zooey
    December 1, 2011

    @ jorge,
    your streep hatred is pathetic.
    other than that, i was hoping for fassbender, but they love clooney. actually i realized two minutes ago that the year daniel day-lewis swept the precursors, he didn’t win the NBR. clooney did – for the typically dull performance in michael clayton. actually, the only time i enjoyed clooney was in up in the air. anyway, i believe that in the end meryl will get most of the major critics and in lead actor we’ll have a little hell with everybody having something. and this bodes well for dujardin, i suppose. harvey will do anything to have both actor and actress.

  78. Zooey
    December 1, 2011

    @ jorge,
    your streep hatred is pathetic.
    other than that, i was hoping for fassbender, but they love clooney. actually i realized two minutes ago that the year daniel day-lewis swept the precursors, he didn’t win the NBR. clooney did – for the typically dull performance in michael clayton. actually, the only time i enjoyed clooney was in up in the air. anyway, i believe that in the end meryl will get most of the major critics and in lead actor we’ll have a little hell with everybody having something. and this bodes well for dujardin, i suppose. harvey will do anything to have both actor and actress.

  79. Zooey
    December 1, 2011

    glad about HUGO. it didn’t win an award from the NYFCC, but it was a major player and a runner-up for picture and directing. now winning here. i doubt scorsese will win a second oscar, but i have a feeling that this is the winner of the year’s most oscars – technical oscars!

  80. Zooey
    December 1, 2011

    glad about HUGO. it didn’t win an award from the NYFCC, but it was a major player and a runner-up for picture and directing. now winning here. i doubt scorsese will win a second oscar, but i have a feeling that this is the winner of the year’s most oscars – technical oscars!

  81. LSUduck
    December 1, 2011

    Tomris, ‘A Separation’ WON Best Foreign Film.

  82. LSUduck
    December 1, 2011

    Tomris, ‘A Separation’ WON Best Foreign Film.

  83. brack
    December 1, 2011

    A little disappointed with the absence of Midnight in Paris and presence of J.Edgar (but it’s Clint,right?) and Elizabeth Olsen for breakthrough award. Glad to see Tilda noticed but I still doubt that she’ll be nominated for Oscar. Oh and I almost forgot to mention how excited I am about this awards season, cause after NYFCC winners and Spirit nominations and now this, looks like this is going to be an interesting season.

  84. brack
    December 1, 2011

    A little disappointed with the absence of Midnight in Paris and presence of J.Edgar (but it’s Clint,right?) and Elizabeth Olsen for breakthrough award. Glad to see Tilda noticed but I still doubt that she’ll be nominated for Oscar. Oh and I almost forgot to mention how excited I am about this awards season, cause after NYFCC winners and Spirit nominations and now this, looks like this is going to be an interesting season.

  85. DCI
    December 1, 2011

    I’m happy for all the winners, but let’s be honest here. HUGO for BP? Let me see . . . Scorsese is from NYC, NBR is located in NYC. HUGO maybe visually fantastic but it leaves much to be desired. And this coming from a self proclaimed “film geek.”

  86. DCI
    December 1, 2011

    I’m happy for all the winners, but let’s be honest here. HUGO for BP? Let me see . . . Scorsese is from NYC, NBR is located in NYC. HUGO maybe visually fantastic but it leaves much to be desired. And this coming from a self proclaimed “film geek.”

  87. Zooey
    December 1, 2011

    their top 10 is kind of ridiculous. anyway, like some of the actual awards.

  88. Zooey
    December 1, 2011

    their top 10 is kind of ridiculous. anyway, like some of the actual awards.

  89. RyanT
    December 1, 2011

    Drive and Ides of March in the Top 10 but no acting award (or spotlight equivalent) for Ryan Gosling? I mean I get why Clooney and Fassbender were chosen respectively, but… come on.

    Also the lack of Midnight in Paris anywhere is disheartening.

  90. RyanT
    December 1, 2011

    Drive and Ides of March in the Top 10 but no acting award (or spotlight equivalent) for Ryan Gosling? I mean I get why Clooney and Fassbender were chosen respectively, but… come on.

    Also the lack of Midnight in Paris anywhere is disheartening.

  91. steve50
    December 1, 2011

    Not bad, not bad at all. Choosing the less obvious keeps the race interesting. Very much like a list devoted to indies.

  92. steve50
    December 1, 2011

    Not bad, not bad at all. Choosing the less obvious keeps the race interesting. Very much like a list devoted to indies.

  93. Koleś
    December 1, 2011

    Nice to see that the race is wide open and none of the NYFCC choices showed up over here. What “Moneyball” gained two days ago got lost today. Not getting into the top 10 is a huge blow, especially when you have J.Edgar and Harry Potter in the line-up. “The Help” also not in the top 10, but with an award for best ensemble – that’s kinda weird, but it’s probably going to score some critict’s awards eventually. Very happy for “Hugo”, but I don’t see it winning best bic, at least not yet. Even if it didn’t get awarded today, my perception is that “The Artist” is still the front runner. Something tells me it’s going to be a fun race this year, not like the last one.

  94. Koleś
    December 1, 2011

    Nice to see that the race is wide open and none of the NYFCC choices showed up over here. What “Moneyball” gained two days ago got lost today. Not getting into the top 10 is a huge blow, especially when you have J.Edgar and Harry Potter in the line-up. “The Help” also not in the top 10, but with an award for best ensemble – that’s kinda weird, but it’s probably going to score some critict’s awards eventually. Very happy for “Hugo”, but I don’t see it winning best bic, at least not yet. Even if it didn’t get awarded today, my perception is that “The Artist” is still the front runner. Something tells me it’s going to be a fun race this year, not like the last one.

  95. brack
    December 1, 2011

    @Zooey
    Why every time someone says something against another award (or nomination) for Meryl Streep he gets accused for hatred? She’s great, but come on, she already got everything an actress can get (awards,Oscars,admiration,respect,versatile roles…). You must admit that it’s a little refreshing when somebody else wins.

  96. brack
    December 1, 2011

    @Zooey
    Why every time someone says something against another award (or nomination) for Meryl Streep he gets accused for hatred? She’s great, but come on, she already got everything an actress can get (awards,Oscars,admiration,respect,versatile roles…). You must admit that it’s a little refreshing when somebody else wins.

  97. Daveylow
    December 1, 2011

    I wonder if NBR voters saw the Zhang Yimou film.

    No 10 best list is going to please everyone.

    It’s sad that The Interrupters isn’t getting more recognition for documentary.

    I can’t believe the trashing of Hugo here.

  98. Daveylow
    December 1, 2011

    I wonder if NBR voters saw the Zhang Yimou film.

    No 10 best list is going to please everyone.

    It’s sad that The Interrupters isn’t getting more recognition for documentary.

    I can’t believe the trashing of Hugo here.

  99. Beth Stevens
    December 1, 2011

    Loving all the love for Hugo and Marty! Well done, NBR.

    Also very happy for Tilda, Fassbender, and most of the indie list. Another Earth crops up again, along with Shame and Take Shelter.

    A Separation winning foreign film at both NYFCC and NBR… could we see a big sweep? That would be great for Iranian films.

  100. Beth Stevens
    December 1, 2011

    Loving all the love for Hugo and Marty! Well done, NBR.

    Also very happy for Tilda, Fassbender, and most of the indie list. Another Earth crops up again, along with Shame and Take Shelter.

    A Separation winning foreign film at both NYFCC and NBR… could we see a big sweep? That would be great for Iranian films.

  101. Matt Neglia
    December 1, 2011

    I still think the most telling aspect of these announcements is the inclusion of the girl with the dragon tattoo and the mention for Mara

  102. Matt Neglia
    December 1, 2011

    I still think the most telling aspect of these announcements is the inclusion of the girl with the dragon tattoo and the mention for Mara

  103. December 1, 2011

    No Viola Davis yet, and also, no The Help in the top ten, ochh! Nice to see Tlida here, but still i think is Meryl’s year.

  104. December 1, 2011

    No Viola Davis yet, and also, no The Help in the top ten, ochh! Nice to see Tlida here, but still i think is Meryl’s year.

  105. Glenn UK
    December 1, 2011

    TILDAAAAAAAAA!!!! This made my day and made my year! This really does heighten her Oscar profile. A stupendous performance in a truly amazing film. I really hope big things can happen for Tilda and We Need To Talk About Kevin!!!!! After Tuesday’s underwhelming results, these awards come as a breath of fresh air even tho they are only the second awards of the season. This year could be all over the place – let the fun begin!!!!!

  106. Glenn UK
    December 1, 2011

    TILDAAAAAAAAA!!!! This made my day and made my year! This really does heighten her Oscar profile. A stupendous performance in a truly amazing film. I really hope big things can happen for Tilda and We Need To Talk About Kevin!!!!! After Tuesday’s underwhelming results, these awards come as a breath of fresh air even tho they are only the second awards of the season. This year could be all over the place – let the fun begin!!!!!

  107. December 1, 2011

    I thought for sure Close would take NBR’s Best Actress award. No dice. The inlcusion of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo boosted me in a few prediction contests though.

  108. December 1, 2011

    I thought for sure Close would take NBR’s Best Actress award. No dice. The inlcusion of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo boosted me in a few prediction contests though.

  109. Film Fatale
    December 1, 2011

    Brack, it has nothing to do with “already (having) everything an actress can get.” It has to do with who delivers the best performance, and there is no one better than Streep — PERIOD. You may think it’s “refreshing when someone else wins” but Meryl hasn’t won since 1982, and her countless nominations have become both a cliche and an onus on her. It’s very depressing that she is routinely nominated yet not awarded at the Oscars. It has been nearly 30 years and that is a disgrace for an actress of Streep’s gifts.

  110. Film Fatale
    December 1, 2011

    Brack, it has nothing to do with “already (having) everything an actress can get.” It has to do with who delivers the best performance, and there is no one better than Streep — PERIOD. You may think it’s “refreshing when someone else wins” but Meryl hasn’t won since 1982, and her countless nominations have become both a cliche and an onus on her. It’s very depressing that she is routinely nominated yet not awarded at the Oscars. It has been nearly 30 years and that is a disgrace for an actress of Streep’s gifts.

  111. lucy
    December 1, 2011

    Great choices, Nice to see Tilda finally getting recognized, for me she delivered the 3rd best performance of the year just behind Streep and Theron, I’m also very happy for Hugo it was a masterpiece, Way to go Marty!

  112. lucy
    December 1, 2011

    Great choices, Nice to see Tilda finally getting recognized, for me she delivered the 3rd best performance of the year just behind Streep and Theron, I’m also very happy for Hugo it was a masterpiece, Way to go Marty!

  113. len
    December 1, 2011

    What is happening with Elizabeth Olsen? She is tanking in all the critics awards.

    Extremely happy for Tilda!!!

  114. len
    December 1, 2011

    What is happening with Elizabeth Olsen? She is tanking in all the critics awards.

    Extremely happy for Tilda!!!

  115. Mitch M
    December 1, 2011

    More satisfied here than NYFCC. Tilda. Hugo. And especially 50 50, Fassbinder mentions. No Help in top 10 also sweet.

  116. Mitch M
    December 1, 2011

    More satisfied here than NYFCC. Tilda. Hugo. And especially 50 50, Fassbinder mentions. No Help in top 10 also sweet.

  117. December 1, 2011

    Surprise. Good surprise ? Dunno. I hated the Hugo trailer… I have to check out soon anyway.

    I love the love for Harry and Tilda. Beautiful. Clooney… ok, sure.

  118. December 1, 2011

    Surprise. Good surprise ? Dunno. I hated the Hugo trailer… I have to check out soon anyway.

    I love the love for Harry and Tilda. Beautiful. Clooney… ok, sure.

  119. Hugo
    December 1, 2011

    TILDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hooray for the finest actress working in film today!!!!

    Also kudos for my namesake!!!

  120. Hugo
    December 1, 2011

    TILDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hooray for the finest actress working in film today!!!!

    Also kudos for my namesake!!!

  121. Eoin
    December 1, 2011

    I have feeling tilda will be like Manville who won this award last year but from what I hear about the film (I’VE NOT SEEN IT) I hope Not.

  122. Eoin
    December 1, 2011

    I have feeling tilda will be like Manville who won this award last year but from what I hear about the film (I’VE NOT SEEN IT) I hope Not.

  123. Daniel H.
    December 1, 2011

    so much better than the NYFCC choices. Glad that Hugo’s genuine love of movies won out over the artist’s well made but paper thin conceit. thrilled about tilda – the actual best actress of the year – being recognized as such. Happy for Clooney, Woodley, Plummer – all deserving. Excited that the first critical word on Dragon Tattoo is in the NBR’s top 10.

    the bad news – Elizabeth Olson and Martha Marcy snubbed on all counts. How did that movie not make the top 10 indies? Also, J.Edgar over Moneyball is pretty shameful. Hell, J.EDgar over anything is shameful.

  124. Daniel H.
    December 1, 2011

    so much better than the NYFCC choices. Glad that Hugo’s genuine love of movies won out over the artist’s well made but paper thin conceit. thrilled about tilda – the actual best actress of the year – being recognized as such. Happy for Clooney, Woodley, Plummer – all deserving. Excited that the first critical word on Dragon Tattoo is in the NBR’s top 10.

    the bad news – Elizabeth Olson and Martha Marcy snubbed on all counts. How did that movie not make the top 10 indies? Also, J.Edgar over Moneyball is pretty shameful. Hell, J.EDgar over anything is shameful.

  125. Zach M.
    December 1, 2011

    They call The Ides of March and J. Edgar the year’s best but don’t include Moneyball? No way, Jose.

    I don’t think I’ve seen any of the films that won in the “major” categories yet, so I guess I can’t really speak about how I feel about the awards. I will say that I’m liking how this year’s race is shaping up to be fairly unpredictable and that no clear “winner” has emerged from the rest, hopefully that can carry through to February.

  126. Zach M.
    December 1, 2011

    They call The Ides of March and J. Edgar the year’s best but don’t include Moneyball? No way, Jose.

    I don’t think I’ve seen any of the films that won in the “major” categories yet, so I guess I can’t really speak about how I feel about the awards. I will say that I’m liking how this year’s race is shaping up to be fairly unpredictable and that no clear “winner” has emerged from the rest, hopefully that can carry through to February.

  127. December 1, 2011

    I knew they would TOTALLY not go for ANYthing the NYFCC did. They HATE them for jumping their shark! So it’s “If they won already this week, we’re picking something they DIDN’T pick.”

    LARGE gay contingent here. And LOTS of women are represented in the “voting body” so NBR is always interesting in that respect. If “Albert Nobbs” was going to score anywhere, I thought it would be here.

    Last year, the only Oscar winner who also won the NBR was Christian Bale for “The Fighter.” So let’s say they are VERY good with Supp. Actor, but that’s about it.

    Everything else was wildly different. So yes, it’s a wide open year. And “Moneyball” and Brad Pitt had a very bad day.

  128. December 1, 2011

    I knew they would TOTALLY not go for ANYthing the NYFCC did. They HATE them for jumping their shark! So it’s “If they won already this week, we’re picking something they DIDN’T pick.”

    LARGE gay contingent here. And LOTS of women are represented in the “voting body” so NBR is always interesting in that respect. If “Albert Nobbs” was going to score anywhere, I thought it would be here.

    Last year, the only Oscar winner who also won the NBR was Christian Bale for “The Fighter.” So let’s say they are VERY good with Supp. Actor, but that’s about it.

    Everything else was wildly different. So yes, it’s a wide open year. And “Moneyball” and Brad Pitt had a very bad day.

  129. John
    December 1, 2011

    Do you guys realize that Midnight in Paris wasn’t included in the Top 10?! Except for The Help and Moneyball, I think that’s another shocking exclusion.

    I’m SO happy for Tilda. My #01 Best Actress this year. Mesmerizing jaw-dropping performance. Woodley’s win solidifies her Oscar nomination. Clooney is a lock for a nomination and will most probably battle with Pitt and Dujardin for the win. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will do zero business at the Oscars, the buzz is non-existent.

    After the NYFCC and NBR awards, my BP predictions have changed a bit:

    1. The Artist
    2. The Descendants
    3. Hugo
    4. War Horse
    5. The Tree of Life
    6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
    8. The Help
    9. Midnight in Paris
    10. Moneyball
    (11. The Ides of March)

  130. John
    December 1, 2011

    Do you guys realize that Midnight in Paris wasn’t included in the Top 10?! Except for The Help and Moneyball, I think that’s another shocking exclusion.

    I’m SO happy for Tilda. My #01 Best Actress this year. Mesmerizing jaw-dropping performance. Woodley’s win solidifies her Oscar nomination. Clooney is a lock for a nomination and will most probably battle with Pitt and Dujardin for the win. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will do zero business at the Oscars, the buzz is non-existent.

    After the NYFCC and NBR awards, my BP predictions have changed a bit:

    1. The Artist
    2. The Descendants
    3. Hugo
    4. War Horse
    5. The Tree of Life
    6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
    8. The Help
    9. Midnight in Paris
    10. Moneyball
    (11. The Ides of March)

  131. peyman
    December 1, 2011

    im happy… hugo a masterpic and martin scorsese the best…

  132. peyman
    December 1, 2011

    im happy… hugo a masterpic and martin scorsese the best…

  133. December 1, 2011

    This list is fucking perfect! take that, NYFCC! :D

  134. December 1, 2011

    This list is fucking perfect! take that, NYFCC! :D

  135. R
    December 1, 2011

    Lol @ J. Edgar and Ides of March. Nothing will get between NBR and their love for Clooney and Eastwood, not even bad films.

    But I’m disappointed that Felicity Jones continues to cockblock Elizabeth Olsen who not only gave a better performance, but is in a much better film. Also, Margin call should not be winning best anything. Also, I’m shocked Midnight in Paris isn’t in the top 10.

    But yay Tilda!

  136. R
    December 1, 2011

    Lol @ J. Edgar and Ides of March. Nothing will get between NBR and their love for Clooney and Eastwood, not even bad films.

    But I’m disappointed that Felicity Jones continues to cockblock Elizabeth Olsen who not only gave a better performance, but is in a much better film. Also, Margin call should not be winning best anything. Also, I’m shocked Midnight in Paris isn’t in the top 10.

    But yay Tilda!

  137. December 1, 2011

    Not sure what the Spotlight Award is all about, but for Michael Fassbender, I’ll take it and I’m glad the NBR thought of him.

  138. December 1, 2011

    Not sure what the Spotlight Award is all about, but for Michael Fassbender, I’ll take it and I’m glad the NBR thought of him.

  139. Manrico1967
    December 1, 2011

    I think what happened to Lesley Manville is that they couldn’t make up their minds between lead and supporting.

  140. Manrico1967
    December 1, 2011

    I think what happened to Lesley Manville is that they couldn’t make up their minds between lead and supporting.

  141. December 1, 2011

    Now I think there’s room for both Hugo and Harry Potter at Best Picture. The NBR REALLY wanted to highlight HP while giving BP to Hugo.

    Neither is a lock, though. But The Artist, The Descendants, Moneyball, Hugo and Harry Potter seem to have had a good start of the Awards season… that top 10 inclussion means much for HP, we only see the winners and runners up on most critics awards, and Oscars are 5 to 10 finalists.

  142. December 1, 2011

    Now I think there’s room for both Hugo and Harry Potter at Best Picture. The NBR REALLY wanted to highlight HP while giving BP to Hugo.

    Neither is a lock, though. But The Artist, The Descendants, Moneyball, Hugo and Harry Potter seem to have had a good start of the Awards season… that top 10 inclussion means much for HP, we only see the winners and runners up on most critics awards, and Oscars are 5 to 10 finalists.

  143. R
    December 1, 2011

    Why is no one talking about woodleys supporting actress. Its very rare for a young actress to get recognized

  144. R
    December 1, 2011

    Why is no one talking about woodleys supporting actress. Its very rare for a young actress to get recognized

  145. Robert A.
    December 1, 2011

    “What “Moneyball” gained two days ago got lost today. Not getting into the top 10 is a huge blow, especially when you have J.Edgar and Harry Potter in the line-up.”

    Not necessarily. NBR’s Top 10 traditionally leaves out a couple of films that go on to figure prominently in the Oscar race. Last year “Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” and “The Kids Are Alright” were left off in place of “Hereafter,” “The Town,” and “Shutter Island.” In 2009 “Precious” and “Avatar” were not in the Top 10 (although maybe they hadn’t seen “Avatar” yet?)

  146. Robert A.
    December 1, 2011

    “What “Moneyball” gained two days ago got lost today. Not getting into the top 10 is a huge blow, especially when you have J.Edgar and Harry Potter in the line-up.”

    Not necessarily. NBR’s Top 10 traditionally leaves out a couple of films that go on to figure prominently in the Oscar race. Last year “Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” and “The Kids Are Alright” were left off in place of “Hereafter,” “The Town,” and “Shutter Island.” In 2009 “Precious” and “Avatar” were not in the Top 10 (although maybe they hadn’t seen “Avatar” yet?)

  147. Jesus
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo? George? Scorsese? I thought all of these were okay. The NBR continues to be less and less relevant.

  148. Jesus
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo? George? Scorsese? I thought all of these were okay. The NBR continues to be less and less relevant.

  149. MikeScott
    December 1, 2011

    Sad to see Elizabeth Olsen and Martha Marcy May Marlene getting shut out almost everywhere. WTF?

  150. MikeScott
    December 1, 2011

    Sad to see Elizabeth Olsen and Martha Marcy May Marlene getting shut out almost everywhere. WTF?

  151. Eoin Daly
    December 1, 2011

    Not to hate on Plummer as I think he is the best this year SO FAR, But Max Von Sydow stll is in the gates and once he pops his head out I have a feeling that he could end up winning. Don’t get me wrong I so want plummer to win but max is the same age as plummer so it is between them all the way.

  152. Eoin Daly
    December 1, 2011

    Not to hate on Plummer as I think he is the best this year SO FAR, But Max Von Sydow stll is in the gates and once he pops his head out I have a feeling that he could end up winning. Don’t get me wrong I so want plummer to win but max is the same age as plummer so it is between them all the way.

  153. Ed Kargir
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo is excellent , The Artist is better. The Tree of Life and Drive are the 2 most overated films of the year. Win Win is the most underated film of the year.

  154. Ed Kargir
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo is excellent , The Artist is better. The Tree of Life and Drive are the 2 most overated films of the year. Win Win is the most underated film of the year.

  155. December 1, 2011

    Yay for Hugo! The best movie of the year, byfar.

    Also: a round of hurras for Drive, Dragon Tattoo, and Harry Potter! Very surprised that Midnight in Paris and Moneyball were axed.

  156. December 1, 2011

    Yay for Hugo! The best movie of the year, byfar.

    Also: a round of hurras for Drive, Dragon Tattoo, and Harry Potter! Very surprised that Midnight in Paris and Moneyball were axed.

  157. PaulH
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo? Meh. $170m budget, $20m domestic boxoffice. Cowboys and Aliens-esque bomb. The Scorsese name carried the day here. Rooney Mara, NBR? And Sarah Palin’s a Rhodes Scholar. So much for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Jennifer Garner and Kristen Wiig RUTS Tilda Swinton every day of the week and twice on Sunday. As in Run Up The Score on her. Both Butter and Bridesmaids should get their lead actresses considered before Swinton. They still love them some Clint, don’t they? Better Ides of March than the Hallmark Movie Channel wannabe movie The Descendants.

  158. PaulH
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo? Meh. $170m budget, $20m domestic boxoffice. Cowboys and Aliens-esque bomb. The Scorsese name carried the day here. Rooney Mara, NBR? And Sarah Palin’s a Rhodes Scholar. So much for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Jennifer Garner and Kristen Wiig RUTS Tilda Swinton every day of the week and twice on Sunday. As in Run Up The Score on her. Both Butter and Bridesmaids should get their lead actresses considered before Swinton. They still love them some Clint, don’t they? Better Ides of March than the Hallmark Movie Channel wannabe movie The Descendants.

  159. PaulH
    December 1, 2011

    And Gone in 60 Seconds, er, Drive, in the top 10? Nic Cage and Angelina say we laid the groundwork for ya, Ryan Gosling.

  160. PaulH
    December 1, 2011

    And Gone in 60 Seconds, er, Drive, in the top 10? Nic Cage and Angelina say we laid the groundwork for ya, Ryan Gosling.

  161. daveylow
    December 1, 2011

    I hate the idea of Christopher Plummer and Max Von Sydow competing against each other for an acting award. They are both in a class by themselves.

  162. daveylow
    December 1, 2011

    I hate the idea of Christopher Plummer and Max Von Sydow competing against each other for an acting award. They are both in a class by themselves.

  163. Bobby C
    December 1, 2011

    LOL @ Paul H
    Hugo a bomb? Check your facts. It has the highest per screen average among new releases over Thanksgiving weekend– even higher than The Muppets! Hugo will get a wider release this month.

  164. Bobby C
    December 1, 2011

    LOL @ Paul H
    Hugo a bomb? Check your facts. It has the highest per screen average among new releases over Thanksgiving weekend– even higher than The Muppets! Hugo will get a wider release this month.

  165. Chris
    December 1, 2011

    NBR is a bit of a milquetoast organization, for all that is one of the oldest. Year by year their selections are rather interesting footnotes but not really relevant in the long run. In a sweep year they can be another in the collection but in a reasonalby open year as this one seems to be I do not see them guiding the conversation. In terms of prestige I do think if you can’t have an Oscar on your mantle then you at least want an NYFCC certificate on your wall.

  166. Chris
    December 1, 2011

    NBR is a bit of a milquetoast organization, for all that is one of the oldest. Year by year their selections are rather interesting footnotes but not really relevant in the long run. In a sweep year they can be another in the collection but in a reasonalby open year as this one seems to be I do not see them guiding the conversation. In terms of prestige I do think if you can’t have an Oscar on your mantle then you at least want an NYFCC certificate on your wall.

  167. The Great Dane
    December 1, 2011

    Didn’t they usually have 11 Top Films? Best Picture and THEN ten?

    And people thinking that it is “telling” that Dragon Tattoo is included. Well, considering films that DIDN’T make it on there (Moneyball, Tinker, Help, Midnight in Paris, Shame Young Adult) on behalf of J. Edgar and Ides of March, this means nothing. And people saying anyone or any film is “tanking” – relax, we’re only getting started. :)

  168. The Great Dane
    December 1, 2011

    Didn’t they usually have 11 Top Films? Best Picture and THEN ten?

    And people thinking that it is “telling” that Dragon Tattoo is included. Well, considering films that DIDN’T make it on there (Moneyball, Tinker, Help, Midnight in Paris, Shame Young Adult) on behalf of J. Edgar and Ides of March, this means nothing. And people saying anyone or any film is “tanking” – relax, we’re only getting started. :)

  169. PaulH
    December 1, 2011

    Bobby, Hugo’s gonna have to earn 2.5x (or so) its budget **just to break even**, with its enormous P&A (publicity and advertising). Maybe on big-budget movies these days the 2.5 multiplier is underestimated.

  170. PaulH
    December 1, 2011

    Bobby, Hugo’s gonna have to earn 2.5x (or so) its budget **just to break even**, with its enormous P&A (publicity and advertising). Maybe on big-budget movies these days the 2.5 multiplier is underestimated.

  171. Tess
    December 1, 2011

    Wow, I have very mixed feelings about this. I felt the NYFCC made MUCH better choices that will correlate more strongly with the Oscars. Moneyball, Tree of Life have major traction in the awards race and personally were among my favorites for the year.

    What is it with the NBR and Clooney? Everytime, they tip too hard in favor of an overhyped and overrated Clooney movie, they lose that connection as a credible precursor to the Oscars. Though I predicted Clooney would win Best Actor and I am honestly surprised by their other picks. My gut is telling me that the NBR was a little off this year as far as the Oscars in some categories.

    Cons and Upsets: Moneyball got burned in favor of Ides of March and other movies that got panned with lower critical ratings. Moneyball should have made the top ten. Just shocked that Pitt got snubbed completely. I really thought he would get a Best Supporting Actor nom or Tree of Life might get ensemble. Tree of Life got hit by a huge blow. Jessica Chastain didn’t get supporting actress or breakthrough, what the hell?!. She can act circles around Felicity Jones. I do NOT understand the hype with Felicity Jones. I am surprised Midnight in Paris didn’t make the cut, that movie lost its traction. No MMMM!? Elizabeth Olsen, gah. She should have received breakthrough. I think the similarities to Winter’s Bone, though superficial, screwed it over. I expected the Clooney win but I didn’t expect them to favor The Descendants so much. This will probably play out like it did with Up in the Air. They missed the ball on a number of choices. I wish they would have paid attention to Jane Eyre, Albert Nobbs, and Tyrannosaur. No Tinker either. Not a good sign for Oldman’s chances. The Help gets snubbed in the top ten, but it wins ensemble?! Doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t think this boosts The Help’s chances at all despite the ensemble win, it almost seems like a perfunctory nod with all of the PR & campaigning. I think I am one of the few that didn’t like Rango. I would have preferred The Adventures of TinTin or Winnie the Pooh. Heck, I would have even preferred Puss and Boots or Kung Fu Panda 2. I am also surprised that Melancholia got snubbed. No A Separation? What is with the Cedar Rapids picks?

    Pros ( for me): Michael Fassbender getting the Spotlight award. He was amazing and solid in four note-worthy movies. Tilda receiving Best Actress though I would have preferred Elisabeth Olsen or
    Mia or Glenn Close. I am kind of shocked they didn’t pick Meryl. This is bad for Michelle Williams.
    I LOVED that Harry Potter made their list and it is getting a special award. I was worried it wouldn’t get in at all. I’m delighted that 50/50, Take Shelter, Margin Call, and even Shame made their Indie list. Great for Fincher and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!!! I haven’t seen it yet but I saw the original, read the book, and am a huge unabashed Fincher fangirl. DELIGHTED that The Artist didn’t make a huge impact, it only got picked in the top ten. I was afraid it would be sweep or be the frontrunner.

    Good for Hugo! I loved this movie but I am surprised that the NBR picked it for Best Picture and Best Director. I think this will certify its position in the award race and it will receive an Oscar nom for Best Picture for the five extra slots. It is bound to get a bunch of nominations, especially technical ones. Despite the NBR love, I don’t get the vibe that it will win Best Picture and Scorsese might not necessarily get the nod. I just don’t see or feel it.

  172. Tess
    December 1, 2011

    Wow, I have very mixed feelings about this. I felt the NYFCC made MUCH better choices that will correlate more strongly with the Oscars. Moneyball, Tree of Life have major traction in the awards race and personally were among my favorites for the year.

    What is it with the NBR and Clooney? Everytime, they tip too hard in favor of an overhyped and overrated Clooney movie, they lose that connection as a credible precursor to the Oscars. Though I predicted Clooney would win Best Actor and I am honestly surprised by their other picks. My gut is telling me that the NBR was a little off this year as far as the Oscars in some categories.

    Cons and Upsets: Moneyball got burned in favor of Ides of March and other movies that got panned with lower critical ratings. Moneyball should have made the top ten. Just shocked that Pitt got snubbed completely. I really thought he would get a Best Supporting Actor nom or Tree of Life might get ensemble. Tree of Life got hit by a huge blow. Jessica Chastain didn’t get supporting actress or breakthrough, what the hell?!. She can act circles around Felicity Jones. I do NOT understand the hype with Felicity Jones. I am surprised Midnight in Paris didn’t make the cut, that movie lost its traction. No MMMM!? Elizabeth Olsen, gah. She should have received breakthrough. I think the similarities to Winter’s Bone, though superficial, screwed it over. I expected the Clooney win but I didn’t expect them to favor The Descendants so much. This will probably play out like it did with Up in the Air. They missed the ball on a number of choices. I wish they would have paid attention to Jane Eyre, Albert Nobbs, and Tyrannosaur. No Tinker either. Not a good sign for Oldman’s chances. The Help gets snubbed in the top ten, but it wins ensemble?! Doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t think this boosts The Help’s chances at all despite the ensemble win, it almost seems like a perfunctory nod with all of the PR & campaigning. I think I am one of the few that didn’t like Rango. I would have preferred The Adventures of TinTin or Winnie the Pooh. Heck, I would have even preferred Puss and Boots or Kung Fu Panda 2. I am also surprised that Melancholia got snubbed. No A Separation? What is with the Cedar Rapids picks?

    Pros ( for me): Michael Fassbender getting the Spotlight award. He was amazing and solid in four note-worthy movies. Tilda receiving Best Actress though I would have preferred Elisabeth Olsen or
    Mia or Glenn Close. I am kind of shocked they didn’t pick Meryl. This is bad for Michelle Williams.
    I LOVED that Harry Potter made their list and it is getting a special award. I was worried it wouldn’t get in at all. I’m delighted that 50/50, Take Shelter, Margin Call, and even Shame made their Indie list. Great for Fincher and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!!! I haven’t seen it yet but I saw the original, read the book, and am a huge unabashed Fincher fangirl. DELIGHTED that The Artist didn’t make a huge impact, it only got picked in the top ten. I was afraid it would be sweep or be the frontrunner.

    Good for Hugo! I loved this movie but I am surprised that the NBR picked it for Best Picture and Best Director. I think this will certify its position in the award race and it will receive an Oscar nom for Best Picture for the five extra slots. It is bound to get a bunch of nominations, especially technical ones. Despite the NBR love, I don’t get the vibe that it will win Best Picture and Scorsese might not necessarily get the nod. I just don’t see or feel it.

  173. Bobby C
    December 1, 2011

    My point is, it was too presumptuous for you to call it a bomb this early. HA!

  174. Bobby C
    December 1, 2011

    My point is, it was too presumptuous for you to call it a bomb this early. HA!

  175. AD
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy about Tilda! And Hugo too! Can’t say the same about Felicity Jones!

  176. AD
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy about Tilda! And Hugo too! Can’t say the same about Felicity Jones!

  177. Tess
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo is going to gradually expand its theater count. I can see it being a sleeper hit, domestically.
    It is was on a thousand less theaters than Arthur Christmas but it only made a million less in its opening weekend. It is not traditional family fare but it is getting tons of buzz. More children are liking it than expected. Then you forget about the international gross. It will meet its budget when it expands to all of its global markets. It is far from a flop. I can see it holding over well throughout Dec-Jan. Of course, it is too early to tell with the alleged post-Thanksgiving slump coming but I think Hugo and The Muppets will rise above it. The movie will draw big international numbers which will NOT make it a flop. It might not be a huge blockbuster but I expect it will meet its budget and the advertisting budget is not as big as you think. I can see Hugo doing really well in France and the UK.

  178. Tess
    December 1, 2011

    Hugo is going to gradually expand its theater count. I can see it being a sleeper hit, domestically.
    It is was on a thousand less theaters than Arthur Christmas but it only made a million less in its opening weekend. It is not traditional family fare but it is getting tons of buzz. More children are liking it than expected. Then you forget about the international gross. It will meet its budget when it expands to all of its global markets. It is far from a flop. I can see it holding over well throughout Dec-Jan. Of course, it is too early to tell with the alleged post-Thanksgiving slump coming but I think Hugo and The Muppets will rise above it. The movie will draw big international numbers which will NOT make it a flop. It might not be a huge blockbuster but I expect it will meet its budget and the advertisting budget is not as big as you think. I can see Hugo doing really well in France and the UK.

  179. Aaron
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy and pleasantly surprised for Hugo, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Plummer.

    ECSTATIC about Tilda!

    Meh on Clooney and Woodley, although not surprised.

    WTF!?!? on the continuous snubbing of Elizabeth Olsen and Martha Marcy May Marlene.

    Not that surprised about Jessica Chastain’s snubbing in supporting actress (there were other contenders), but REALLY strange they didn’t cite her in breakthrough actress or even give her a spotlight award like they did Fassbender.

  180. Aaron
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy and pleasantly surprised for Hugo, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Plummer.

    ECSTATIC about Tilda!

    Meh on Clooney and Woodley, although not surprised.

    WTF!?!? on the continuous snubbing of Elizabeth Olsen and Martha Marcy May Marlene.

    Not that surprised about Jessica Chastain’s snubbing in supporting actress (there were other contenders), but REALLY strange they didn’t cite her in breakthrough actress or even give her a spotlight award like they did Fassbender.

  181. dfa
    December 1, 2011

    The two (2!) citations for Harry Potter, top ten and special award, are pretty sweet.

  182. dfa
    December 1, 2011

    The two (2!) citations for Harry Potter, top ten and special award, are pretty sweet.

  183. Craig Z
    December 1, 2011

    Film Fatale, that is purely subjective

    PaulH, Do you seriously just hate every film not directed by Christopher Nolan. You bitch about every fucking movie and I know you haven’t seen most of them. Also Hugo isn’t done at the box office yet.

  184. Craig Z
    December 1, 2011

    Film Fatale, that is purely subjective

    PaulH, Do you seriously just hate every film not directed by Christopher Nolan. You bitch about every fucking movie and I know you haven’t seen most of them. Also Hugo isn’t done at the box office yet.

  185. Selene
    December 1, 2011

    I think it’s becoming pretty apparent now that MMMM is indeed Bright Star 2.0. Margin Call is completely stealing it’s thunder and I’m not surprised at all, it has a stellar cast and a very timely topic. MMMM is suffering from its lack of big name stars, and odd subject matter in comparison.

  186. Selene
    December 1, 2011

    I think it’s becoming pretty apparent now that MMMM is indeed Bright Star 2.0. Margin Call is completely stealing it’s thunder and I’m not surprised at all, it has a stellar cast and a very timely topic. MMMM is suffering from its lack of big name stars, and odd subject matter in comparison.

  187. daveylow
    December 1, 2011

    Not that surprised about Jessica Chastain’s snubbing in supporting actress (there were other contenders), but REALLY strange they didn’t cite her in breakthrough actress or even give her a spotlight award like they did Fassbender.
    ****
    Chastain is not in the same league as Fassbender. I think she’s so overhyped this year.

  188. daveylow
    December 1, 2011

    Not that surprised about Jessica Chastain’s snubbing in supporting actress (there were other contenders), but REALLY strange they didn’t cite her in breakthrough actress or even give her a spotlight award like they did Fassbender.
    ****
    Chastain is not in the same league as Fassbender. I think she’s so overhyped this year.

  189. R
    December 1, 2011

    I dont know… Everyone knows the NBR is the moron awards, like the golden globes their sole purpose is to highlight what they think will win big that season. So we get weird nods like the last samurai. They are just throwing stuff up to take credit for the ones that stick

  190. R
    December 1, 2011

    I dont know… Everyone knows the NBR is the moron awards, like the golden globes their sole purpose is to highlight what they think will win big that season. So we get weird nods like the last samurai. They are just throwing stuff up to take credit for the ones that stick

  191. Michelle
    December 1, 2011

    Why is thee not a ‘Best Music’ from a film category? If there was, I would recommend the music from the musical saw scene in ‘Another Earth’. You can hear it on the composer’s website http://www.scottmunsonmusic.com/news/music-in-film-another-earth-soundtrack

  192. Michelle
    December 1, 2011

    Why is thee not a ‘Best Music’ from a film category? If there was, I would recommend the music from the musical saw scene in ‘Another Earth’. You can hear it on the composer’s website http://www.scottmunsonmusic.com/news/music-in-film-another-earth-soundtrack

  193. Aaron
    December 1, 2011

    @R

    Weird, because that’s how I feel like the NYFCC awards were this year…they wanted to go first, and then preceded to pick the Oscar frontrunner as their best picture (The Artist and its director), Oscar’s favorite leading lady (Streep), Jessica Chastain (and naming pretty much all of her performances, hoping they can name her Oscar vehicle)

    I thought NBR took some way out-of-left-field picks this year, especially with Hugo. Many were still questioning whether it could break free of the “kids” genre it’s been tagged with and yet they named it best picture (and best director). Plus Shailene Woodley AND Tilda Swinton??? And they had the great taste to give 50/50 a best original screenplay nod. And they included Drive and The Tree of Life in the top 10 Best film lineup! NBR did overwhelmingly great in my eyes.

    However, *eyeroll* at the J. Edgar and The Ides of March inclusions. And *eye raise* at the Elizabeth Olsen/MMMM snubs.

  194. Aaron
    December 1, 2011

    @R

    Weird, because that’s how I feel like the NYFCC awards were this year…they wanted to go first, and then preceded to pick the Oscar frontrunner as their best picture (The Artist and its director), Oscar’s favorite leading lady (Streep), Jessica Chastain (and naming pretty much all of her performances, hoping they can name her Oscar vehicle)

    I thought NBR took some way out-of-left-field picks this year, especially with Hugo. Many were still questioning whether it could break free of the “kids” genre it’s been tagged with and yet they named it best picture (and best director). Plus Shailene Woodley AND Tilda Swinton??? And they had the great taste to give 50/50 a best original screenplay nod. And they included Drive and The Tree of Life in the top 10 Best film lineup! NBR did overwhelmingly great in my eyes.

    However, *eyeroll* at the J. Edgar and The Ides of March inclusions. And *eye raise* at the Elizabeth Olsen/MMMM snubs.

  195. Fabinho Flapp
    December 1, 2011

    I knew, ‘Hugo”.

    My NGNG!

  196. Fabinho Flapp
    December 1, 2011

    I knew, ‘Hugo”.

    My NGNG!

  197. joe
    December 1, 2011

    this is good for Scorese and clooney this is good news, omg.

  198. joe
    December 1, 2011

    this is good for Scorese and clooney this is good news, omg.

  199. joe
    December 1, 2011

    interesting that Christopher Plummer would get recognition for supporting actor. i don’t think he’s won yet but good for him. he deserves it for his body of work going back all the way to the 50′s and then the sound of music and the 80′s and 90′s when he played mike wallace in the insider and all his mini-series stuff.

  200. joe
    December 1, 2011

    interesting that Christopher Plummer would get recognition for supporting actor. i don’t think he’s won yet but good for him. he deserves it for his body of work going back all the way to the 50′s and then the sound of music and the 80′s and 90′s when he played mike wallace in the insider and all his mini-series stuff.

  201. Keifer
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy with their choices.

    I’m glad that they differed from NYFCC – makes it an even tighter and more suspenseful race.

    I’ll be curious to see what the LAFC choose (and Golden Globes).

    What? No mention of Vanessa Redgrave in Coriolanus? That’s kind of a shocker to me.

  202. Keifer
    December 1, 2011

    Very happy with their choices.

    I’m glad that they differed from NYFCC – makes it an even tighter and more suspenseful race.

    I’ll be curious to see what the LAFC choose (and Golden Globes).

    What? No mention of Vanessa Redgrave in Coriolanus? That’s kind of a shocker to me.

  203. bd74
    December 1, 2011

    Happy for the great Christopher Plummer. I couldn’t care less about all the rest of the winners.

  204. bd74
    December 1, 2011

    Happy for the great Christopher Plummer. I couldn’t care less about all the rest of the winners.

  205. Aaron B
    December 1, 2011

    I actually thought J Edgar was very strong. I can understand people wishing it would be more probing, but you can’t judge a movie based on what you want it to be. I almost always like the NBR list and seeing both Drive and The Tree of Life on the short list makes me very happy.

  206. Aaron B
    December 1, 2011

    I actually thought J Edgar was very strong. I can understand people wishing it would be more probing, but you can’t judge a movie based on what you want it to be. I almost always like the NBR list and seeing both Drive and The Tree of Life on the short list makes me very happy.

  207. JJ
    December 1, 2011

    Harry Potter 7.2 and Midnight in Paris are both better examples of the magic of movie making than Hugo. Hugo has the subtlety of a lead pipe.

  208. JJ
    December 1, 2011

    Harry Potter 7.2 and Midnight in Paris are both better examples of the magic of movie making than Hugo. Hugo has the subtlety of a lead pipe.

  209. JJ
    December 1, 2011

    And people need to calm down about Elizabeth Olsen. She is just getting going and needs to do a lot more good work to erase the damage inflicted on American culture by the twins.

  210. JJ
    December 1, 2011

    And people need to calm down about Elizabeth Olsen. She is just getting going and needs to do a lot more good work to erase the damage inflicted on American culture by the twins.

  211. Insider
    December 1, 2011

    Happy for The Tree of Life and Harry Potter.

  212. Insider
    December 1, 2011

    Happy for The Tree of Life and Harry Potter.

  213. Jack
    December 1, 2011

    Wow, they got it completely right!

    Best Picture for Hugo, absolutely the best film of the year, and Best Director for the incredible Martin Scorsese.

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a while.

  214. Jack
    December 1, 2011

    Wow, they got it completely right!

    Best Picture for Hugo, absolutely the best film of the year, and Best Director for the incredible Martin Scorsese.

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a while.

  215. Gregoire
    December 1, 2011

    The only one of those nominations that really thrill me is the one for Tilda Swinton. She needs as much momentum as possible to crack into the Oscar top 5. I hope enough people ‘get’ the performance.

  216. Gregoire
    December 1, 2011

    The only one of those nominations that really thrill me is the one for Tilda Swinton. She needs as much momentum as possible to crack into the Oscar top 5. I hope enough people ‘get’ the performance.

  217. December 1, 2011

    Looks like they made their point and spread the wealth.

    The Boy Who Lived will not be denied.

  218. December 1, 2011

    Looks like they made their point and spread the wealth.

    The Boy Who Lived will not be denied.

  219. December 1, 2011

    Where’s Scott? I need to buy that boy a butterbeer. :)

  220. December 1, 2011

    Where’s Scott? I need to buy that boy a butterbeer. :)

  221. Rufussondheim
    December 1, 2011

    It looks like nobody knows anything at this point.

  222. Rufussondheim
    December 1, 2011

    It looks like nobody knows anything at this point.

  223. brandz
    December 1, 2011

    All this tells us is the race for Oscar is still fairly wide open, in all categories.

  224. brandz
    December 1, 2011

    All this tells us is the race for Oscar is still fairly wide open, in all categories.

  225. julian the emperor
    December 1, 2011

    “Hugo has the subtlety of a lead pipe.”, “people need to calm down about Elizabeth Olsen. She is just getting going and needs to do a lot more good work to erase the damage inflicted on American culture by the twins.”

    Ha, JJ!

    By the way: Tilda, Plummer, Woodley, Clooney…very encouraging! (worst case scenario could have been: Streep, Brooks, Spencer, DiCaprio)

  226. julian the emperor
    December 1, 2011

    “Hugo has the subtlety of a lead pipe.”, “people need to calm down about Elizabeth Olsen. She is just getting going and needs to do a lot more good work to erase the damage inflicted on American culture by the twins.”

    Ha, JJ!

    By the way: Tilda, Plummer, Woodley, Clooney…very encouraging! (worst case scenario could have been: Streep, Brooks, Spencer, DiCaprio)

  227. julian the emperor
    December 1, 2011

    To clarify: Brooks is a cool guy and ok in Drive, but the least convincing aspect of an otherwise terrific movie.

  228. julian the emperor
    December 1, 2011

    To clarify: Brooks is a cool guy and ok in Drive, but the least convincing aspect of an otherwise terrific movie.

  229. Houstonrufus
    December 1, 2011

    Yay! Thrilled for Hugo, Marty, Tilda and even Clooney. Especially happy to see Drive noticed again, since it will more than likely not be invited for oscar, save Brooks.

    Glad that so far it looks like no one film or even on performance in any category looks to be scorching the earth through the critics awards. I’m sure patterns will emerge, but so far, so fun!

    By the way, I love Hugo, liked The Descendants and am sure I’ll like the Artist. Just glad to see variety.

  230. Houstonrufus
    December 1, 2011

    Yay! Thrilled for Hugo, Marty, Tilda and even Clooney. Especially happy to see Drive noticed again, since it will more than likely not be invited for oscar, save Brooks.

    Glad that so far it looks like no one film or even on performance in any category looks to be scorching the earth through the critics awards. I’m sure patterns will emerge, but so far, so fun!

    By the way, I love Hugo, liked The Descendants and am sure I’ll like the Artist. Just glad to see variety.

  231. Mark
    December 1, 2011

    Some thoughts:

    Midnight in Paris: A surprising snub. NBR likes this sort of films (hello, The Artist and Hugo) so its snub is quite shocking. Maybe we were overestimating the film and it’s only heading for the typical Best Original Screenplay nomination? I still think it’s in the Best Picture race, but the critics supposedly supported the film a lot. Its exclusion from the runner-ups for Picture and Director at the NYFCC and, here, at the NBR awards is weird.

    Moneyball: I still think that the film will only be nominated for Actor and Screenplay. I don’t think that many Academy members will vote for this (#01 votes). Yes, there will be some, but not many. The film is respected, but I’m not convinced.

    The Help: Same should be said for this film. Let’s be honest, it’s an average film that happens to have a great ensemble cast. It’s not a coincidence that the film won Best Ensemble but didn’t even get a Picture nomination. This might be a case where a film scores only acting nominations, but the Academy members don’t think much of it as a film. I still predict Davis and Spencer for acting nods. I think it definitely has a BP shot, though. We’ll see.

    Martha Marcy May Marlene’s performance is so disappointing. Too many snubs these days. Olsen is my #09 right now. I still think she has a better shot than Jones. But Davis, Streep, Williams, Swinton, Close, Theron, Dunst and Mara are ahead of her. I think that Close and Theron won’t make it and it will be Swinton and a newcomer (Mara or Dunst-who gets some love from critics) to fill the #04 and #05 spots.

    The winners!

    Hugo: It’s turning out to be a massive success, critically. #02 at NYFCC for Picture and Directing and winner at the NBR awards? That’s good. If Potter was released in November as well, I guess that it would have been a massive fight, because of how well-received both films are. Now, Hugo has the upper hand. I think it’s a surefire Best Picture nominee. Right after The Artist and The Descendants right now.

    Harry Potter: Double reward. The special award and its inclusion in the top 10 reignites the discussion concerning its BP chances. Heavy WB marketing, massive critical and box office success…it’s looking good. It seems that the industry (and critics) will want to reward the film (and the series as well). I guess that Potter will easily make it at the BAFTAs and BFCA awards. If it manages to get a PGA nomination (which is highly possible), a SAG ensemble nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture-Drama (is Hugo going Comedy/Musical, by the way? If so, then I guess that Potter will make it in Drama), then it will be another surefire Best Picture nominee. Its chances increase every week.

    Finally, Shailene Woodley seems to solidify her nod for Best Supporting Actress. Now, we know that Drive won’t be nominated for Best Picture and NBR love Eastwood and Clooney, so you can also exclude The Ides of March and J.Edgar. This leaves us with 7 possible BP nominees: The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, War Horse, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, The Tree of Life and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Midnight in Paris, The Help and Moneyball fill the other three spots (I don’t include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close because it hasn’t been seen yet and I have a bad feeling about it) and we have our top 10 BP contenders. Now, how many of them will eventually make it in the final lineup is another subject, which will take form in the coming months.

  232. Mark
    December 1, 2011

    Some thoughts:

    Midnight in Paris: A surprising snub. NBR likes this sort of films (hello, The Artist and Hugo) so its snub is quite shocking. Maybe we were overestimating the film and it’s only heading for the typical Best Original Screenplay nomination? I still think it’s in the Best Picture race, but the critics supposedly supported the film a lot. Its exclusion from the runner-ups for Picture and Director at the NYFCC and, here, at the NBR awards is weird.

    Moneyball: I still think that the film will only be nominated for Actor and Screenplay. I don’t think that many Academy members will vote for this (#01 votes). Yes, there will be some, but not many. The film is respected, but I’m not convinced.

    The Help: Same should be said for this film. Let’s be honest, it’s an average film that happens to have a great ensemble cast. It’s not a coincidence that the film won Best Ensemble but didn’t even get a Picture nomination. This might be a case where a film scores only acting nominations, but the Academy members don’t think much of it as a film. I still predict Davis and Spencer for acting nods. I think it definitely has a BP shot, though. We’ll see.

    Martha Marcy May Marlene’s performance is so disappointing. Too many snubs these days. Olsen is my #09 right now. I still think she has a better shot than Jones. But Davis, Streep, Williams, Swinton, Close, Theron, Dunst and Mara are ahead of her. I think that Close and Theron won’t make it and it will be Swinton and a newcomer (Mara or Dunst-who gets some love from critics) to fill the #04 and #05 spots.

    The winners!

    Hugo: It’s turning out to be a massive success, critically. #02 at NYFCC for Picture and Directing and winner at the NBR awards? That’s good. If Potter was released in November as well, I guess that it would have been a massive fight, because of how well-received both films are. Now, Hugo has the upper hand. I think it’s a surefire Best Picture nominee. Right after The Artist and The Descendants right now.

    Harry Potter: Double reward. The special award and its inclusion in the top 10 reignites the discussion concerning its BP chances. Heavy WB marketing, massive critical and box office success…it’s looking good. It seems that the industry (and critics) will want to reward the film (and the series as well). I guess that Potter will easily make it at the BAFTAs and BFCA awards. If it manages to get a PGA nomination (which is highly possible), a SAG ensemble nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture-Drama (is Hugo going Comedy/Musical, by the way? If so, then I guess that Potter will make it in Drama), then it will be another surefire Best Picture nominee. Its chances increase every week.

    Finally, Shailene Woodley seems to solidify her nod for Best Supporting Actress. Now, we know that Drive won’t be nominated for Best Picture and NBR love Eastwood and Clooney, so you can also exclude The Ides of March and J.Edgar. This leaves us with 7 possible BP nominees: The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, War Horse, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, The Tree of Life and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Midnight in Paris, The Help and Moneyball fill the other three spots (I don’t include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close because it hasn’t been seen yet and I have a bad feeling about it) and we have our top 10 BP contenders. Now, how many of them will eventually make it in the final lineup is another subject, which will take form in the coming months.

  233. Film Fatale
    December 1, 2011

    Uh, Dave, CHASTAIN is far from overhyped – and you’re the only one who feels that way. Far more than Woodley, who gave one performance and played a teenager quite well, Chastain is a chameleonic actress who appears to be the heir apparent to Streep.

    Tree of Life
    The Help
    The Debt
    Take Shelter
    Texas Killing Fields
    Coriolanus

    There isn’t a shred of commonality between those performances. In fact, they are diametrically opposed — all 6 of them. You cannot recognize Chastain’s look, voice, gait or presence between any of them. From her Israeli agent to her Southern Belle to her heartland wife to her Shakesperean work with Redgrave and Butler — the woman is as accomplished as it gets. There hasn’t been an actress in movies this thrilling since Cate Blanchett, and an American actress since Streep. Period. Chastain more than deserved the same as Fassbender got from the NBR. The pair are simply phenomenal and between them, they are turning in the most compelling acting in movies right now.

  234. Film Fatale
    December 1, 2011

    Uh, Dave, CHASTAIN is far from overhyped – and you’re the only one who feels that way. Far more than Woodley, who gave one performance and played a teenager quite well, Chastain is a chameleonic actress who appears to be the heir apparent to Streep.

    Tree of Life
    The Help
    The Debt
    Take Shelter
    Texas Killing Fields
    Coriolanus

    There isn’t a shred of commonality between those performances. In fact, they are diametrically opposed — all 6 of them. You cannot recognize Chastain’s look, voice, gait or presence between any of them. From her Israeli agent to her Southern Belle to her heartland wife to her Shakesperean work with Redgrave and Butler — the woman is as accomplished as it gets. There hasn’t been an actress in movies this thrilling since Cate Blanchett, and an American actress since Streep. Period. Chastain more than deserved the same as Fassbender got from the NBR. The pair are simply phenomenal and between them, they are turning in the most compelling acting in movies right now.

  235. Scott
    December 1, 2011

    The 2 mentions for Potter are great…but who thinks it should have won Ensemble as well?

  236. Scott
    December 1, 2011

    The 2 mentions for Potter are great…but who thinks it should have won Ensemble as well?

  237. Ryman
    December 1, 2011

    Love these results! Although I wish Albert Brooks could’ve won for Drive. He was 10 times better than Christopher Plummer. Plummer should’ve won 12 years ago instead for The Insider. That was his best role.

  238. Ryman
    December 1, 2011

    Love these results! Although I wish Albert Brooks could’ve won for Drive. He was 10 times better than Christopher Plummer. Plummer should’ve won 12 years ago instead for The Insider. That was his best role.

  239. Bobburns
    December 1, 2011

    Butterfield gave the best performance.

  240. Bobburns
    December 1, 2011

    Butterfield gave the best performance.

  241. James
    December 1, 2011

    One down, tons to go for HuGO! I got Hugo and Scorsese right plus some others like ensemble for The Help, and then also got one NGNG right — the entire Harry Potter series wins a special achievement award.

    Post Crash-Brokeback, it’s been one juggernaut year after another. The Departed, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Hurt Locker all barreled their way to Best Picture Oscar. And of course last year The Social Network seemed to fit the bill too until it ran smack into the PGA, DGA and SAG! This year the juggernaut is huge… as in HUGO!

    It’s another juggernaut year and it’s Hugo this time!

  242. James
    December 1, 2011

    One down, tons to go for HuGO! I got Hugo and Scorsese right plus some others like ensemble for The Help, and then also got one NGNG right — the entire Harry Potter series wins a special achievement award.

    Post Crash-Brokeback, it’s been one juggernaut year after another. The Departed, No Country for Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Hurt Locker all barreled their way to Best Picture Oscar. And of course last year The Social Network seemed to fit the bill too until it ran smack into the PGA, DGA and SAG! This year the juggernaut is huge… as in HUGO!

    It’s another juggernaut year and it’s Hugo this time!

  243. g
    December 2, 2011

    Just saw Hugo last night and all I can say is wow! I am so happy it won best picture, and I’m happy for the directing prize, Drive, Ides of March, Win Win, The Help Ensemble, Harry Potter 7 part 2, and Michael Fassbenders special award.

  244. g
    December 2, 2011

    Just saw Hugo last night and all I can say is wow! I am so happy it won best picture, and I’m happy for the directing prize, Drive, Ides of March, Win Win, The Help Ensemble, Harry Potter 7 part 2, and Michael Fassbenders special award.

  245. MikeScott
    December 2, 2011

    Just watched ANOTHER EARTH. WOW! Beautiful film! Brit Marling is AMAZING! I’m now very sad this will be so overlooked this awards season. At least NBR named it one of the best independent films of the year.

  246. MikeScott
    December 2, 2011

    Just watched ANOTHER EARTH. WOW! Beautiful film! Brit Marling is AMAZING! I’m now very sad this will be so overlooked this awards season. At least NBR named it one of the best independent films of the year.

  247. gabriel
    December 3, 2011

    I ♥ Tilda Swinton!

    She will be the 5th!

  248. gabriel
    December 3, 2011

    I ♥ Tilda Swinton!

    She will be the 5th!

  249. John
    December 3, 2011

    @ Tess:

    Why do people keep saying this about HUGO when NO ONE brings it up besides its supporters? The article doesn’t even mention the movie’s total gross so it just goes to show that studio plants, or rapid fanboys, are trying to make excuses for it. Even IMDb a couple of posters are saying this “it’s a a flop yet” mentality. If this movie was made by a director who has less reputation then Scorsese then people wouldn’t be saying that. People would be saying “it’s a flop.” So stop saying that HUGO isn’t a flop because IT IS a flop in terms of domestic distribution.

  250. John
    December 3, 2011

    @ Tess:

    Why do people keep saying this about HUGO when NO ONE brings it up besides its supporters? The article doesn’t even mention the movie’s total gross so it just goes to show that studio plants, or rapid fanboys, are trying to make excuses for it. Even IMDb a couple of posters are saying this “it’s a a flop yet” mentality. If this movie was made by a director who has less reputation then Scorsese then people wouldn’t be saying that. People would be saying “it’s a flop.” So stop saying that HUGO isn’t a flop because IT IS a flop in terms of domestic distribution.

  251. December 3, 2011

    So stop saying that HUGO isn’t a flop because IT IS a flop in terms of domestic distribution.

    Hugo hasn’t even expanded to its widest distribution yet. It’s only open to 1200 screens. 1800 in its 2nd week.

  252. December 3, 2011

    So stop saying that HUGO isn’t a flop because IT IS a flop in terms of domestic distribution.

    Hugo hasn’t even expanded to its widest distribution yet. It’s only open to 1200 screens. 1800 in its 2nd week.

  253. brian
    December 3, 2011

    Wow, I thought Hugo was a huge disappointment as I nearly fell asleep during the latter part of the movie.
    I tried really hard to like this movie, I really did, but I just couldn’t get interested in the story.
    Some people have reported crying their eyes out at the end of this film whereas I struggled to keep my eyes open.

    I guess I should’ve read up more about the movie before plunking down 15 bucs to see it. I was expecting an adventure story filled with fantasy and child-like wonder (Peter-Pan or something like that).

    My big problem is that this film was marketed as a “children’s movie” and in my eyes it was nothing of the sort. It’s clear Scorsese cared little about the “Hugo” storyline and more about George Melies (sp?). That was the kicker for me. I felt betrayed by the marketing campaign and quite stupid for not pushing myself to learn more about the story beforehand.

    That being said, the fact that it is beloved by so many critics must mean that this is a very good film. To be completely honest, I feel dumb for not being able to see how great this film is. Oh well…

  254. brian
    December 3, 2011

    Wow, I thought Hugo was a huge disappointment as I nearly fell asleep during the latter part of the movie.
    I tried really hard to like this movie, I really did, but I just couldn’t get interested in the story.
    Some people have reported crying their eyes out at the end of this film whereas I struggled to keep my eyes open.

    I guess I should’ve read up more about the movie before plunking down 15 bucs to see it. I was expecting an adventure story filled with fantasy and child-like wonder (Peter-Pan or something like that).

    My big problem is that this film was marketed as a “children’s movie” and in my eyes it was nothing of the sort. It’s clear Scorsese cared little about the “Hugo” storyline and more about George Melies (sp?). That was the kicker for me. I felt betrayed by the marketing campaign and quite stupid for not pushing myself to learn more about the story beforehand.

    That being said, the fact that it is beloved by so many critics must mean that this is a very good film. To be completely honest, I feel dumb for not being able to see how great this film is. Oh well…

  255. December 3, 2011

    I cried my eyes out.

  256. John
    December 4, 2011

    “Hugo hasn’t even expanded to its widest distribution yet. It’s only open to 1200 screens. 1800 in its 2nd week.”

    I stand corrected, but even then to call it a flop is still in the cards. If it doesn’t get good WOM, like triple it’s gross, then there’s no way it’ll regain its budget. It’ll have to rely heavily on overseas distribution, and I highly doubt it’ll happen.

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