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Stars turn out for the National Board Review Gala

Report & Video by Melissa Nathoo

Ben Affleck was honoured with a special achievement in filmmaking trophy for his movie Argo at the National Board of Review Awards Gala on Tuesday night.

The winners are chosen every year by a group of film enthusiasts, students and film makers, and has long been considered a valid precursor to the Oscar nominations.

Zero Dark Thirty, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, picked up the most prizes, with the movie's star Jessica Chastain taking the Best Actress gong.

She took a night off from performing on Broadway to attend the event, and admitted her schedule is tough.

"I am a little tired, but it's not so exhausting when you really love your job," Jessica said.

"To get to do this for a living, already is a fete. And then to be recognised for the work, it still shocks me, I'm still not used to it."

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