Wednesday, May 22, 2024

George Clooney Gets Third Best Actor Nod in Five Years from NBR


The National Board of Review (er, fans) announced its awards just now–who cares? They named Martin Scorsese Best Director for “Hugo” and the film got Best Film. gave George Clooney Best Actor for “The Descendants,” which also got Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

The NBR loves George Clooney more than their own little lunches, and will give him something if he’s breathing. This is his third Best Actor nod from them in the last five years. So be it! They also named “The Ides of March” one of their ten Best Pictures. They gave Stacey Keibler an award for Best Girlfriend of a Star, too. (Just kidding.)

Tilda Swinton is their off beat choice for Best Actress. Christopher Plummer is Best Supporting Actor for “Beginners.” The “Harry Potter” series got a special award because the NBR loves Warner Bros. Similarly, Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” made their top ten list.

Between Paramount (Hugo, Rango) and Fox Searchlight (Descendants, Shame), the NBR must have calculated which studio would pony up for the most tables. And they were precluded from giving awards to “The Artist,” Meryl Streep or Brad Pitt because the New York Film Critics beat them to it. Ha ha.

Listen, I really like Tilda Swinton. But if the NBR had wanted to do something different and meaningful, they would have given Best Actress to Viola Davis for “The Help.” But you know, they’re the group that snubbed “Precious.” So “The Help” gets Best Ensemble, which includes everyone and guarantees Disney will buy a table.


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


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


Le Havre

Point Blank

Top 5 Documentaries

(In Alphabetical Order)

Born to be Wild


George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Project Nim


Top 10 Independent Films

(In Alphabetical Order)


Another Earth


A Better Life

Cedar Rapids

Margin Call


Take Shelter

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Win Win

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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