1ST AWARDS: 'The Social Network' Sweeps 2010 National Board Of Review Kudos

2ND UPDATE 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM: The National Board Of Review kicked off the critics’ awards with their winners today. As I scooped earlier today, Sony PicturesThe Social Network won Best Film Of 2010, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg.  “We believe the film portrays a dramatic story that will stand up over time and appeal to many generations,” said NBR President Annie Schulhof. Another Year‘s Lesley Manville captured Best Actress. Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for Paramount/Relativity’s The Fighter and Jacki Weaver won Best Actress for Animal Kingdom. The NBR is traditionally the first group to announce its annual film honors during awards season but is not necessarily considered a reliable arbiter of things to come since its membership is not confined to professional critics. The annual gala will be held January 11th. Here are all the winners:

Best Film: The Social Network (Sony Pictures)
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Best Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter (Paramount/Relativity)
Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Best Foreign Language Film: Of Gods and Men
Best Documentary: Waiting for “Superman”
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Ensemble Cast: The Town
Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Debut Directors: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo
Spotlight Award: Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati, The Illusionist
Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparling, Buried
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Sofia Coppola for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere
William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin
NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game, Conviction, Howl
Production Design Award: Dante Ferretti, Shutter Island

Ten Best Films (in alphabetical order)
Another Year, The Fighter, Hereafter, Inception, The King’s Speech, Shutter Island, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone

Five Best Foreign-Language Films (in alphabetical order)
I Am Love, Incendies, Life, Above All, Soul Kitchen, White Material

Five Best Documentaries (in alphabetical order)
A Film Unfinished, Inside Job, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Restrepo, The Tillman Story

Top Ten Independent Films: (in alphabetical order)
Animal Kingdom, Buried, Fish Tank, The Ghost Writer, Greenberg, Let Me In, Monsters, Please Give, Somewhere, Youth in Revolt

  1. What a shock! The NBR voting membership is presently comprised of mostly student voters. That’s right, students, as in ‘in school.’ What else would they select? An adult historical drama? Doubtful.

  2. Best Adapted Screenplay? Agree. Film of the Year? Am I the only one who thought The Social Network… WASN’T THAT GOOD!

    1. Right – best film I’ve seen this year. And why isn’t The Kids Are Alright in the best indie category?

  3. Awesome! Love that The Social Network killed it. Now maybe the obnoxious Oscar bloggers can stop trying to make The King’s Speech the frontrunner simply by declaring it to be so. If it didn’t do well at the NBR, I can’t see it doing very well throughout the awards season.

  4. lol at them throwing a bone at Warners by giving the town best ensemble. there were a TON of better acted movies than that one

  5. Best original screenplay to Buried? Really? Oh well, everything else look pretty good other than that. Surprised by the omissions of The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, and 127 Hours.

    Now just awaiting the arrival of Social Network haters to trash the NBR.

  6. what happens? Christian Bale won an Award(i guess it’s the first of a very long list)
    and congrat for “social network”

  7. Wow, Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg. Did not see that coming. 127 Hours snubbed out of the Best Picture list. Lesley Manville and Jacki Weaver actually acknowledged for their performances. The Town makes the BP line up and honored for it’s ensemble acting. Chris Sparling’s Buried script wins Original Screenplay. This is not what I would have expected from the NBR. Surprises all over the place.

    1. Well, we all knew TSN would be shut out of the actress category. But a true sweep would have to include Andrew Garfield for Supporting Actor. And while I’m happy to see The Town getting some love this awards season, TSN should have won Best Ensemble. I get the sense NBR members looked at their ballots and thought, “These are both great casts, but I recognize more of these names.”

  8. Server upgrade needed; having trouble getting here.

    Buried for Original Screenplay? Buried?

    BURIED????????????????????????????

    Are you fucking mudder-fucking kidding me? Look, I know as much as the next guy that Inception is an also-ran in the best picture race already, since this is the year of the hardcore artsy-fartsy film. But Inception should have been more of a gimme than the NFL fining Steelers player James Harrison for his latest illegal dirty hit.

    BURIED?????????????????????????????? It’s set in a fucking coffin. Like the CSI episode a season and change ago. This POS deserves an award over Inception? Bull-fucking-shit.

    Buried: $1,044,143 domestically.
    Inception: $292,306,278. Seems the tribe spoke here in spades.

    1. Thank you so much. Inception deserved this one. It was so creative and intelligent. Buried was okay, but not up to par with Chris Nolan’s masterpiece.

    2. Good lord you are thick.

      I don’t doubt that Inception made a load of money. I don’t doubt that Buried didn’t. In fact, having seen both, I won’t even doubt that I both films are very solid.

      But here’s where you prove yourself as being amongst the bottom-feeders of intelligence:

      1) How well a movie does financially does not determine how well a movie is artistically.

      2) Having a 90min movie in just one, minimalist location is probably one of the most difficult things you can write on, and this guy did it brilliantly. Perhaps you want to indulge in Michael Bay-type on-screen action, and that’s fine, but just because you lack the ability to appreciate diverse films doesn’t mean everyone else does.

      3) Ending to Buried > Ending of Inception. By far.

  9. And the winner — and still champion — of the ‘Who Cares About Your Selections?’ award goes to…the National Board of Review.

    Congratulations!!! Now let’s all join the members of the NBR by over-thinking the process and art of film making. Pass the oxygen tank.

  10. Where was The kids are alright? Annette Benning, Julianne Moore? 2 of the great performances of the year. Shame. Some of these choices are ridiculous.

  11. Very surprised that our favorite Tim B. and his film, ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D” got NO notice here in top 10. Did it’s campaign get tossed, due to it’s publicist’s untimely passing?

  12. Mediocrity like The Fighter, Shutter Island and Hereafter over Kids Are All Right, Black Swan and 127 Hours? Wow.

  13. “NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game”

    What a farce. The whole film is based on a lie. Everyone knows that Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State, a DEMOCRAT, gave out her name. He admitted it. This film is nothing but Democrat revisionist history. A revolting piece of propaganda.

  14. WOW No one likes Christopher Nolan. He’s as good as Hitchcock, and it looks like he’ll be robbed of damn well earned Oscars like Hitchcock. :/

  15. Best actor maybe but best film? Not so sure about that. How the hell did Hereafter make anyone’s list? Big fan of Clint and Damon but watching this film was like watching grass grow.

    1. That’s funny, b/c Best Actor was the one that jumped out and made me say, Really????

      Eisenberg was solid, but he had nothing on DiCaprio (Shutter Island) or Franco.

      One of those two is definitely taking home the Oscar.

      1. Dicaprio in “shutter island” and “inception” is too similar and if you saw “revolutionary road”, you can say AGAIN?

  16. It’s a little annoying that “Best Original Screenplay” and “Best Adapted Screenplay” are buried near the bottom of the list after stuff like “Best Foreign Language Film” and “Best Ensemble Cast.”

  17. Yay for Social Network. But Buried as best screenplay? Yikes. The film was a mess and poorly written.

    But going through this year’s top scripts I’m sure when SAFE HOUSE, TISSUE, EVERYTHING MUST GO and THE BEAVER get made and come out, people will say the same thing. I thought The Ghost Writer might win.

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