‘The Social Network’ named Best Picture by National Society of Film Critics

“The Social Network” won four awards from the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday — Best Picture, Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Best Actress went to Giovanna Mezzogiorno for her portrayal of Mussolini’s mistress in the Italian film “Vincere.” Winners of the supporting acting awards were Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) and Olivia Williams (“The Ghost Writer”).

Best Documentary was awarded to “Inside Job” while “Carlos” was named Best Foreign Language Film. And Roger Deakins won Best Cinematography for “True Grit.” The group also highlighted “Film Socialism” as the movie most in need of distribution.

This is the second consecutive year that the NSFC has agreed with the other two top print critics’ organizations — the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. — on the best film of the year. Last year, all three gave their top prize to “The Hurt Locker” which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscar.

Prior to that, these groups had only concurred three times over the decades: “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “GoodFellas” (1990). Of these, only “Schindler’s List” repeated at the Oscars while “L.A. Confidential” lost to “Titanic” and “Goodfellas” was defeated by “Dances With Wolves.”

Indeed, over the 45-year history of the NSFC, it has picked only five of the ultimate Oscar champs. Besides “The Hurt Locker” and “Schindler’s List,” it also presaged wins by “Annie Hall” (1977), “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004).

The organization, comprised of 61 critics, convened at Gotham’s famed eatery Sardi’s. Besides voting on these awards, they issued two statements. One seeks a re-examination of the MPAA rating system and the other condemns Iran for the perseuction of directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof.

Below, the breaking of final voting scores

BEST PICTURE
1. “The Social Network” (61)
2. “Carlos” (28)
3. “Winter’s Bone” (18)

BEST DIRECTOR

1. David Fincher, “The Social Network” (66)
2. Olivier Assayas, “Carlos” (36)
3. Roman Polanski, “The Ghost Writer” (29)

BEST ACTOR
1. Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network” (30)
2. Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech” (29)
2. Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos” (29)

BEST ACTRESS
1. Giovanna Mezzogiorno, “Vincere” (33)
2. Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right” (28)
3. Lesley Manville, “Another Year” (27)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

1. Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech” (33)
2. Christian Bale, “The Fighter” (32)
3. Jeremy Renner, “The Town” (30)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Olivia Williams, “The Ghost Writer” (37)
2. Amy Adams, “The Fighter” (28)
3. Melissa Leo, “The Fighter” (23)
3. Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom” (23)

BEST NONFICTION
1. “Inside Job” (25) (Charles Ferguson)
2. “Exit Through the Gift Shop” (21) (Banksy)
3. “Last Train Home” (15) (Lixin Fan)

BEST SCREENPLAY
1. Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network” (73)
2. David Seidler, “The King’s Speech” (25)
3. Roman Polanski and Robert Harris, “The Ghost Writer” (19)
 
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
1. “Carlos” (31)
2. “A Prophet” (22)
3. “White Material” (16)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. “True Grit” (31) (Roger Deakins)
2. “Black Swan” (27) (Matthew Libatique)
3. “Somewhere” (18) (Harris Savides)

FILM HERITAGE AWARDS
1. “The Film Foundation (20-year anniversary)
2. “Chaplin at Keystone” Flicker Alley
3. “Elia Kazan Collection” (Fox)
4. “Upstream,” rediscovered 1927 film dir. by John Ford.  (National Film Preservation Foundation. )
5. “On the Bowery” (Milestone)
6. “Word Is Out”  (Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and distributed by Milestone)
 

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