The New York Film Critics have thrown some definite surprises into the mix with their annual awards, announced this afternoon. The Social Network topped yet another critics list and, along with director David Fincher, it is still the Best Picture frontrunner. But Jesse Eisenberg and Aaron Sorkin were both left off the list this time around.
Instead Colin Firth was named Best Actor for The King’s Speech. Along with Firth’s win courtesy of the LA Film Critics, the Best Actor race is enthralling to watch unfold.
After being ignored by the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, The Kids Are All Right made a small comeback. Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, writer-director Lisa Cholondenko, and writer Stuart Blumberg were honored in the actress, supporting actor, and screenplay categories. Fingers crossed the film gets some much-needed recognition when the Golden Globe nominations are announced tomorrow.
Rounding out the acting awards is Melissa Leo for The Fighter. With this win, Leo seems to have pushed early favorite Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom out of the running.
The complete list of winners is below.
Best Film: The Social Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Carlos
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actress: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Best Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Best Documentary: Inside Job
Best Animated Feature: The Illusionist
Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Best First Film: Animal Kingdom