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OTRC: 'Hugo' named Best Picture by the National Board of Review - See full list of winners

Chloe Grace Moretz and Asa Butterfield appear in a scene from the 2011 film 'Hugo.' (GK Films)

Martin Scorese's "Hugo" got top honors from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures on December 1. The film was named Best Picture and Scorsese also nabbed the award for Best Director.

"Hugo" is a fantasy adventure film set in the 1930s in a Paris train station and was released on November 23. It is directed by Scorsese, who is likely best known for helming movies like "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull." The film follows a young boy named Hugo (Asa Butterfield) who is orphaned after his parents die and uncle disappears. He is trying to rebuild a project of his father's and gets help from Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), the goddaughter of a toy shop owner who tried to stop Hugo.

George Clooney was also honored with Best Actor for his role in "The Descendants." Shailene Woodley, who plays Clooney's daughter in the film, nabbed Best Supporting Actress while Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie's script, which was adapted from Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel.

Tilda Swinton was named Best Actress for her role in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Rooney Mara won Best Breakthrough Performance for her role in the upcoming film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

81-year-old Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a dying man who comes out of the closet in "Beginners."

The National Board of Review, a group of film historians, students and academics founded in 1909, is one of the first notable groups to announce its picks for the year's best movies, according to the Associated Press.

A gala for the National Board of Review Awards will be held Jan. 10 at New York's Cipriani's and will be hosted by the "Today" show's Natalie Morales.

Check out the full list of winners, top films named by the National Board of Review and trailer for "Hugo" below.

Best Film

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 - "The Descendants"

Best Animated Feature

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" and "X-Men: First Class")

NBR Freedom of Expression
"Crime After Crime"

NBR Freedom of Expression

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

Ten Best 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"

Five Best Foreign-Language Films (in alphabetical order)
"13 Assassins"
"Elite Squad: The Enemy Within"
"Le Havre"
"Point Blank"

Five Best Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
"Born to be Wild"
"George Harrison: Living in the Material World"
"Project Nim"

Top Ten Independent Films (in alphabetical order)
"Another Earth"
"A Better Life"
"Cedar Rapids"
"Margin Call"
"Take Shelter"
"We Need To Talk About Kevin"
"Win Win"

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