And just like that, Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo became an Oscar contender. While I like the movie a good bit, primarily for very specific elements, I didn’t really expect to see Hugo turning into something that would be an awards-season player. But the National Board of Review disagrees, and today the board named Hugo the best film of 2011 and Martin Scorsese best director. Check out the NBR’s full evaluation of 2011 below. Read More »

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The first round of critics awards has begun, as the National Board of Review, a non-profit group made up of 110 ” film enthusiasts, academics, professionals, and students” has sent out its list of award winners for film achievement in 2010. The big winner is David Fincher‘s The Social Network, which took Best Film, Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).

Films that did not score any NBR awards include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Blue Valentine and many more presumed awards favorites. The whole list of NBR awards is after the break. Read More »

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The first big award every year that is often interpreted as a bellwether of Oscar gold is the National Board of Review‘s award for Best Film. The board named its entire award slate today, and Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air took Best Film. That’s not a lock for the film as a guaranteed Best Picture contender, but it’s a pretty good indication that we’ll see Reitman’s film in the final list of ten next year. Granted, that was already more or less a lock, so read what you will into this award. The full list of NBR awards is after the jump. Read More »

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