2011 National Board of Review Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The National Board of Review includes teachers, actors, writers and movie-production workers. The organization publishes the magazine Films in Review. Find out which movies and artists were awarded top honors in film—including best picture, best actor and actress, and best director—for 2011.

Best Picture: Hugo
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
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 Ensemble Cast: The Help
Breakthrough Performance: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Directorial Debut: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Best Animated Feature: Rango
NBR Freedom of Expression: Crime After Crime
Special Filmmaking Achievement: The Harry Potter Franchise – A Distinguished Translation from Book to Film
Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class

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