'Social Network' Wins LA Film Critics Award

LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 12, 2010 – “The Social Network” was voted Best Picture of the Year, it was announced today by Brent Simon, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was “Carlos”.

The 36th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards ceremony will be held Saturday, January 15 at the InterContinental, Los Angeles. As previously announced, Paul Mazursky will receive the 2010 Career Achievement Award.

Award winners are:

PICTURE: “The Social Network“; Runner-up: “Carlos”

DIRECTOR: Olivier Assayas, “Carlos,” and David Fincher, “The Social Network” (tie)

ACTOR: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”; Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos”

ACTRESS: Kim Hye-ja, “Mother”; Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”; Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”; Runner-up: Olivia Williams, “The Ghost Writer”

SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”; Runner-up: David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Carlos“; Runner-up: “Mother”

ANIMATION: “Toy Story 3“; Runner-up: “The Illusionist”

DOCUMENTARY / NON-FICTION FILM: “Last Train Home“; Runner-up: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”; Runner-up: Roger Deakins, “True Grit”

MUSIC/SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, “The Ghost Writer,” and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “The Social Network” (tie)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, “Inception”; Runner-up: Eve Stewart, “The King’s Speech”

NEW GENERATION: Lena Dunham, “Tiny Furniture”

DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: “Film Socialism

LEGACY OF CINEMA AWARDS: Serge Bromberg, “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno,” and the F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of “Metropolis”

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Paul Mazursky

Founded in 1975, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media. Each December, LAFCA members vote on the year’s Achievement Awards, honoring screen excellence on both sides of the camera. Plaques of recognition are then presented to winners during LAFCA’s annual awards ceremony, held in mid-January. Please also find the winners via Twitter @lafilmcritics (http://twitter.com/LAFilmCritics) or visit www.lafca.net.

  1. The canonization of The Social Network is increasingly depressing. A classic “everyone’s second choice” winner. I thought at least Winter’s Bone was going to get to be this year’s Hurt Locker.

  2. Wait a minute, “Carlos”, whaaa?

    I just looked it up on IMDB and it says it’s a TV mini-series? But LAFC says Best Director for Assayas and also runner up Best Pic?

    I am confused as f*ck. Someone please explain?

    1. The film was produced for French television and released as a feature here in the United States earlier in the year. It opened in very few theaters and was virtually ignored by the critics, probably because of its five hour running length.

      1. Carlos was released theatrically after a much-lauded preem at the Cannes Film Festival. The 5 hour runtime kept it out of a lot of markets, but it was not ignored by critics (as evidenced by the LAFC nods) but received pretty much across the board raves from everybody who saw it. It plays sometime in the next week or two at the Egyptian Theatre in LA.

  3. As always, the LA Film Critics all but ignore Hollywood films (I guess they liked one, “The Social Network”). Maybe they’d appreciate Hollywood more if they all lost their jobs in LA and were writing their little reviews in smaller markets.

  4. So great to see The Ghost Writer get recognition. It’s one of my favorites of the year and it’s been all but overlooked this award season outside of Europe.

  5. The Social Network was an enjoyable, well-made film; but if it wins Best Picture, it’s real success will have been in serving as a barometer for how dismal this year has been for quality film-making.

    - TBC

  6. Sorry to see that How To Train Your Dragon did not get recognized, I thought it is the best animated film of this year. Toy Story 3 got my vote as the sentimental favorite but its 3-D animation could not match the innovative use of 3-D in How to Train Your Dragon.

  7. Am I the only person in the world who thought this movie was extremely tedious? Two hours of a very unlikable guy sitting in front of computer. And I already knew he was going to end up with $20 billion before I saw the film. I usually love Aaron Sorkin, but I just thought this film was a complete bore. The first scene is the only one that is actually well written. I can’t possibly be alone in hating this film.

  8. I agree that ‘The Social Network’ was the best film of 2010.

    My guess, however, is that it won’t win the Best Picture Oscar . . . Too smart a film for the fly-over states.

    1. I don’t think there are many Academy members in the ‘flyover’ states. Many Academy members are unimpressed with TSN and are talking more about THE BLACK SWAN, THE KING’S SPEECH, and TRUE GRIT.

    2. I seriously doubt you actually work in the industry, MacGuffin, but if you do you should keep in mind the people of flyover country are the ones who pay your bills. In fact the people of Branson and Peoria and Shaker Heights pay pretty much everyone’s bills in this town.

      You’re welcome to make movies and sell them exclusively to people who live in the 310 and 212 area codes, good luck with that.

      In the meantime you should adjust your attitude about the hand that feeds you.

    3. As a resident of a “fly over state”, I’d love for you to educate me on why the Social Network has been deemed by you to be a “smart” film.

      “Social Network” was an enjoyable movie, sure; but what was so “smart” about it? Please help me to understand, so that I’ll hopefully sound more intelligent while talking with the folks around me at the next square dance I attend.

      - TBC

  9. Bravo for Paul Mazursky, and to the LAFCA for recognizing him. His is one of the half-dozen visions that redefined American film in the midst of its revolution. Just think of what stories he could be telling today if someone would listen.

  10. “My guess, however, is that it won’t win the Best Picture Oscar . . . Too smart a film for the fly-over states.”

    WOW…get over yourself. Do you realize how damn smug you just came off? What a load of crap.

  11. “Just think of what stories he could be telling today if someone would listen.”

    Then he should learn to tell stories that people actually want to hear.

  12. “My guess, however, is that it won’t win the Best Picture Oscar . . . Too smart a film for the fly-over states.”

    What a pompous ass.

  13. “Too smart a film for the fly-over states.”

    I quite agree, what a dull lot. Definitely not as cultured and civilized as us. Perhaps the result of massive in-breeding?

    1. The sad truth is the people of Los Angeles involved in the movie business (i.e., virtually all of the voting Academy members) are more small-minded and provincial than people from Ohio.

      Angelenos love themselves, love movies “about” Los Angeles and the “issues” they struggle with, they love other people in the movie business and they rarely talk about anything other than movies and other people in the movie business.

      That’s how we end up with movies like “Crash” winning Best Picture, and then the same people who voted for that joke of a film will bitch about the tastes of people in flyover country…

  14. Wasn’t A PROPHET nominated LAST year for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (as it rightly deserved to be)? I’m pretty sure MOTHER was Korea’s entry last year too (though I agree, easily the best female performance LAST year).
    Both excellent films. At least some more people might actually see them….

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