ChiTown Crix Like 'The Social Network'

The Chicago Film Critics Association chose The Social Network for its Best Picture and Best Director honors for David Fincher and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. I’m not sure how important Monday’s results from the Chicago contingent figures in the larger Oscar picture, but it certainly bolsters my prognosticating colleague Pete Hammond’s feelings about how The Social Network is rising in the critical consensus so far.

The winners:

Best picture: The Social Network

Director: David Fincher, The Social Network

Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Supporting actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Supporting actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Original screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception

Adapted screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Foreign language film: A Prophet

Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Animated feature: Toy Story 3

Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception

Original score: Clint Mansell, Black Swan

Promising performer: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Promising filmmaker: Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine

  1. At least someone recognized Clint Mansell’s score for ‘Black Swan’. I know it’s essentially Tchaikovsky, but give credit to Mansell for weaving in his original work seamlessly and twisting the original score in certain parts. The music is just as much a character in that film as Portman.

  2. Although there are many performances both in front and behind the camera which are all worthy. each of us has our own opinions.

    With regard to the Chicago Film Critics Awards, I think they are all fair and reasonable selections even if my personal choices might vary a bit.

    I would not be surprised to see many of the Oscars reflect these selections as well.

  3. I expect these people will all take home the Oscar. At this point Fincher/Sorkin seem a lock, as well as the four actors listed above. I’m guessing “King’s Speech” will win original screenplay, though Nolan certainly is deserving of Oscar recognition and Inception seems to be the most personal screenplay he’s written. But Black Swan for Original Score? Not entirely original nor memorable, as most of it was a simple riff on Tchaikovsky. I think the impeccable sound design actually had more of an effect on the movie than the actual score. The score was perfect for the film, but nothing to be singled out. I’m hoping Reznor and Ross’s amazing, groundbreaking score for SN is recognized when Oscar night rolls around. Generally when it comes to predicting the Oscar for best score a simple test is to see which of the scores’ main theme you can hum from memory. This year, it’s the haunting opening melody from Social Network. Usually it’s only a few bars of music that wins Best Score when it comes to the general academy.

    1. And yep, the Academy has ruled the score to Black Swan not original enough to merit eligibility for a nomination. Trent Reznor vs. Daft Punk for best original score?

  4. I agree with pretty much 100% with this list.

    There were some really terrific performances in 2010 . . . let’s hope they are evenly distributed instead of one film running away with everything. But I don’t think it was one of those years.

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