hugo still 'Hugo' named best film of the year by National Board of ReviewIt would appear that Martin Scorsese may have made the best movie of all time in “Hugo,” but since there’s no official award for that yet, the director — and fans of the film — will have to be satisfied with the National Board of Review’s designation of “Hugo” as the best picture of 2011.

Not only that — Scorsese was named best director, ensuring — claims the New York Times — that the guy will actually show up for the Jan. 10 ceremony.

Also likely to attend: George Clooney, who took best actor top honors for “The Descendants,” along with his co-star Shailene Woodley, who got a best supporting nod and writers Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who were tapped for best adapted screenplay.

Tilda Swinton takes best actress honors for her role in “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which reminds us that we need to see “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Christopher Plummer was named best supporting actor for his turn as a late in life coming-out gay man in “Beginners.” He’s also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, so we’re expecting an Oscar nod, too.

“The Artist” — which has been generating plenty of buzz for a silent movie — was relegated to the list of the nine best movies of the year.

Totally shut out: Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” and Meryl Streep’s turn as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson