The Descendants, Hugo Gain Awards Season Edge From National Board Of Review

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It’s still early days for movie awards season — regular folks haven’t even seen most of the contenders yet — but the latest round of critics picks are telling us a little about what to expect. Today the National Board of Review awarded Hugo Best Film and its director, Martin Scorsese, Best Director.

The Descendants picked up a number of significant prizes from the NBR, including Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Supporting Actress for Shailene Woodley and Best Adapted Screenplay for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

Two of Shailene’s biggest competitors for next-big-thing status, Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara, were awarded the Best Breakthrough prize. Michael Fassbender got the Spotlight Award, which we can only assume goes to the person who has bestowed his hotness upon the most movies this year (and oh man, we just caught a screener of him in one more to come, Haywire … yum).

See the rest of the winners (Tilda Swinton, Harry Potter, The Help) on the National Board of Review site.

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