Not a big surprise that the web-savvy members of New York Film Critics Online went with “The Social Network” as their choice for Best Picture with helmer David Fincher named Best Director and Aaron Sorkin winning Best Screenplay. The Gold Derby panel’s pick at the Oscars — “The King’s Speech” — was snubbed.
That film’s star Colin Firth — who we have far out in front of the Best Actor competition — was passed over by the NYFCO in favor of “127 Hours” leading man James Franco. “Black Swan” leading lady Natalie Portman — who is neck and neck with Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) in our poll — was named Best Actress by the NYFCO with Bening having to settle for being part of the Best Ensemble. Both of our current leaders among supporting players — Christian Bale and Melissa Leo of “The Fighter” — also knocked out the NYFCO.
“Black Swan” also prevailed for cinematography (Matthew Libatique) and score (Clint Mansell). “Toy Story 3” was named Best Animated Feature, “I Am Love” Best Foreign Film, and “Exit Through the Gift Shop” Best Documentary.
Last year, these group chose “Avatar” as the Best Picture while most of the other critic groups ached for eventual Oscar champ “The Hurt Locker.” The NYFCO predicted three of the four eventual Oscar acting winners — Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) best actor,Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) supporting actor and Mo’Nique (“Precious”) supporting actress. Their choice for best actress — Meryl Streep (“Julie & Julia”).
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