Book To Film Adaptations Reign At NBR Awards

With the year coming to an end, award shows are in high gear to announce their winners and this year, it seems, is the year for book to movie adaptations.

After The Descendants were snubbed at the Gotham Awards, it looked bleak for the outcome for these films. However, The National Board of Review for Motion Pictures (NBR) recently released its award winners and one thing is clear, the book to movie adaptations are taking over.

Martin Scorsese’s film, Hugo won the top prize of “Best Film” and Scorsese won the group award “Best Director”. Hugo also is the first time since the MPAA rating system was introduced that a PG family film won the top prize of the night.

Alexander Payne and his remake, The Descendants, were an Oscar favorite, till it didn’t win any of its predicted scores at Gotham. NBR, on the other hand awarded the film “Best Actor” to George Clooney, and “Best Supporting Actress” to Shailene Woodley.

Another book to movie adaptation that was recognized was We Need To Talk About Kevin. Actress Tilda Swinton was acknowledged for her performance in the film.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo also left a winner when “Breakthrough Performance Award” was shared with Rooney Mara from the film.

You can see a list of the adaptations and what they won below:

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 Actress: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Breakthrough Performance: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Ensemble: The Help

Spotlight Award: Michael Fassbender (A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame, X-Men: First Class)

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 Descendants


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Ides of March

War Horse

Note: A Better Life, We Need To Talk About Kevin, and Win Win were listed in the Top Ten Independent Film Category as well.

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