The Social Network Sweeps Yet Another Critics Awards

There is no stopping The Social Network.

David Fincher’s The Social Network swept the National Society of Film Critics’ Awards, the last major critics award announcement before next weekend’s Golden Globes. The Social Network won best picture, best director, best actor (Jesse Eisenberg), and best screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Ida Dalser in Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere. Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) and Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer) were named the best supporting actor and actress respectively.

The complete list of winners and runner-ups can be found here.

The Social Network

David Fincher – The Social Network

Jesse Eisenberg 30 – The Social Network

Giovanna Mezzogiorno – Vincere

Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Olivia Williams – The Ghost Writer

Inside Job – Charles Ferguson

Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network


True Grit – Roger Deakins

The 2010 Golden Globe Nominations

Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods. The Social Network and The Fighter followed with six nominations each.

The complete list of film nominations are below:

Best Picture — Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Best Picture — Musical or Comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Best Actor — Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress — Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Screenplay
127 Hours, Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle
Inception, Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech, David Seidler
The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song
“Bound to You,” Burlesque (performed by Christina Aguilera; written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler)
“Coming Home,” Country Strong (performed by Gwyneth Paltrow; written by Bob PiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)
“I See the Light,” Tangled (performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi; written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)
“There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader(performed by Carrie Underwood; written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey)
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” Burlesque (performed by Cher; written by Diane Warren)

Best Original Score
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Alice in Wonderland,
Danny Elfman
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman

Best Foreign Language Film
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In a Better World

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

New York Film Critics 2010 Winners

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

Black Swan Leads 2010 Critics Choice Nominations

Black Swan received 12 Critics Choice

Another day, more nominations and awards announcements. The New York Film Critics Circle is currently voting. Will they pick The Social Network like every other critics group?

Black Swan, meanwhile, received a record 12 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. True Grit and The King’s Speech received 11 nominations each, Inception received 10 and The Social Network received nine.

What is worth mentioning here is that The Kids Are All Right was nominated in four categories (Actress, Actor, Ensemble, and Original Screenplay) but not for Best Picture. Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) are also noticeably absent from the nominations.  And despite its two lead actors being nominated, Blue Valentine did not receive a Best Picture nomination.

Like practically every other critics group, the BFCA is a decent predictor of the Academy Awards. The complete list of nominations is available here. The Critics Choice Awards are January 14 on VH1.

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Jeff Bridges — True Grit
Robert Duvall — Get Low
Jesse Eisenberg — The Social Network
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling — Blue Valentine

Annette Bening — The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman — Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Noomi Rapace — The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams — Blue Valentine

Christian Bale — The Fighter
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network
Jeremy Renner — The Town
Sam Rockwell — Conviction
Mark Ruffalo — The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush — The King’s Speech

Amy Adams — The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter — The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis — Black Swan
Melissa Leo — The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit
Jacki Weaver — Animal Kingdom

Elle Fanning — Somewhere
Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone
Chloe Grace Moretz — Let Me In
Chloe Grace Moretz — Kick-Ass
Kodi Smit-McPhee — Let Me In
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit

The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town

Darren Aronofsky — Black Swan
Danny Boyle — 127 Hours
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — True Grit
David Fincher — The Social Network
Tom Hooper — The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan — Inception

Another Year — Mike Leigh
Black Swan — Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin
The Fighter — Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson)
Inception — Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right — Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech — David Seidler

127 Hours — Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle
The Social Network — Aaron Sorkin
The Town — Ben Affleck, Peter Craig and Sheldon Turner
Toy Story 3 — Michael Arndt (Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
True Grit — Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone — Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

I Am Love
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Waiting for Superman

Critics Roundup: LA Film Critics, AFI, NY Film Critics Online

There is nothing quite like sitting on a Greyhound bus and reading the tweets of your fellow film bloggers as several critics groups announce their annual awards. I probably seemed like a crazy person, muttering to myself about The Social Network. This awards’ season critical darling cleaned up at the Boston Film Critics, LA Film Critics and NY Film Critics Online awards. It was also named one of the ten best films of the year by the American Film Institute.

There were also plenty of surprises, courtesy of Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Niels Arestrup and Carlos, to keep things interesting.  Here is a breakdown of the winners.

LA Film Critics

The most surprising and interesting critics awards yet. Sure The Social Network was named Best Picture but its star Jesse Eisenberg was left out of the mix. With Firth’s LAFCA win, the Best Actor race definitely came alive today. (He apparently lost the Best Actor prize from the Boston critics by just one vote.) Likewise, Natalie Portman for her performance in Black Swan was left off the winner’s list in favor of Kim Hye-Ja in Mother. Arguably the most surprising win of all is Niels Arestrup for his supporting role in A Prophet. (For an explanation of A Prophet‘s and Mother‘s Oscar eligibility, head here.)

Best Picture – The Social Network
(Runner-up: Carlos)

Best Actor – Colin Firth, The Kings Speech
(Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos)

Best Actress – Kim Hye-Ja, Mother
(Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone)

Best Supporting Actor – Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
(Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech)

Best Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
(Runner-up: Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer)

Best Director – Olivier Assayas, Carlos and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie)

Best Screenplay – The Social Network
(Runner-up: The King’s Speech)

Best Cinematography – Black Swan
(Runner-up: True Grit)

NY Film Critics Online

What has made me beyond ecstatic here is Melissa Leo’s win. Leo is by far my favorite, and often one of the most unappreciated, actresses. Any attention a performance of her’s receives makes me happy. Other than that, the NY Film Critics named, at this point, fairly expected winners.

Best Picture – The Social Network

Best Actor – James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Actress – Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Director – David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Breakthrough Performer – Noomi Repace, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Debut Director – John Wells, The Company Men

Best Ensemble Cast – The Kids Are All Right

Best Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

American Film Institute Top 10

In a top 10 list that is fairly safe, although it is filled with excellent movies, Winter’s Bone stands out to me as an exciting selection. Special awards were given to The King’s Speech and Waiting for Superman.

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
127 Hours
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone