The collective wisdom of our experts and editors correctly foresaw that “The Social Network” would do well with the Critics’ Choice Awards. As expected, it won Best Picture, Director (David Fincher) and Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) though the Best Score race going to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross was somewhat of a surprise.
“The Social Network” was shut out of the acting races as our forecast proved to be 100% accurate with wins for leads Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), “The Fighter” supporting players Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (that film also won Best Ensemble) and “True Grit” newcomer Haillee Steinfeld.
The predicted Best Action Picture “Inception” did well as well winning five technical prizes: Art Direction (Larry Dias, Guy Henrix Dyas and Doug Mowat), Cinematography (Wally Pfister), Editing (Lee Smith), Sound and Visual Effects.
Our predictions panned out as David Seidler won Original Screenplay for “The King’s Speech” while “Alice in Wonderland” took Costume Design and Makeup. And, as expected, “Toy Story 3” won Best Animated Feature and “Easy A” was named Best Comedy.
Our panels were split over other categories with only a plurality picking “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” to win Foreign Language Picture, “Waiting for Superman” to take the Documentary prize and “The Pacific” to win TV Movie/Mini. However, none of the experts and just one of our editors – Chris Hine — predicted “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” to win the Song award.