Critics' Choice Awards Spread The Gold: 'Social Network', Fincher, Firth, Portman

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Nominees for 2010 film releases were selected by written ballots in a week-long voting period and announced on December 13th, 2010. Winners were revealed at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony tonight at the Hollywood Palladium broadcast live on VH1 Television Network. Each year, special awards are given out at the discretion of the BFCA Board of Directors:

BEST PICTURE
The Social Network

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale – The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Fighter

BEST DIRECTOR
David Fincher, The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The King’s Speech

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Social Network

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 3

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Inception

BEST COMEDY
Easy A

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
The Pacific

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Waiting for ‘Superman’

BEST SONG
“If I Rise” 127 Hours

BEST SCORE
The Social Network – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Inception

BEST ART DIRECTION
Inception

BEST EDITING
Inception

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland

BEST MAKEUP
Alice in Wonderland

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Inception

BEST SOUND
Inception

  1. Maybe I need to see it in the context of 127 Hours, but I just don’t see what’s so great about the song ‘If I Rise’. My vote would go to ‘I See the Light’ from Tangled.

  2. “Maybe I need to see it in the context of 127 Hours, but I just don’t see what’s so great about the song ‘If I Rise’. My vote would go to ‘I See the Light’ from Tangled.”

    If I Rise sounds like your typical Dido song. Crap.

    I wanted Cher’s ballad to win for Burlesque but the critics would never reward Burlesque!

    What boring winners. Is it just me or is ever race basically decided every year by the end of December now? Damn critics groups. Hopefully the crazy Globes throw us a surprise or 2.

  3. Giving The Social Network best score is incredibly insulting (especially where a geniunely excellent score in Zimmer’s Inception was in competetion).

    As much as The Social Network’s soundtrack was enjoyable, it was basically Reznor doing the same stuff (and in some cases actually re-using) he did on Ghosts, and some of his other instrumental work. Not hard to put together, and not groundbreaking… Oh well. Maybe they just don’t like Germans :-)

  4. I agree that the awards have already been decided. No wonder the Oscars want to move up. By the time they come around, everyone already knows who will win. Surprises would be nice, but probably won’t happen.

  5. And then they wonder why Oscars are loosing viewers every year…
    Then stop giving all the awards to same people. What kind of interest or surprise is there? We all know winners of the major categories at the Oscars and SAG awards. Why bother to watch?

    BEST PICTURE The Social Network
    BEST ACTOR Colin Firth
    BEST ACTRESS Natalie Portman
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Christian Bale
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Melissa Leo
    BEST DIRECTOR David Fincher

    And it’s exactly the same will be at Oscars and SAG. I want to watch awards and guess who will win. But we all know the winners and will only have to watch how those celebrities will give lame and boring speeches. I’m not sure i will sit till the end of Oscar telecast. I will probably turn off after Colin will win best actor. There is absolutely no interest in watching best director and best movie. They will won, they will give teary non-interesting speech..

    1. I hope Natalie Portman doesn’t turn on the waterworks for her speech like most best actress winners do. That would be so annoying.

      I think there are too many award shows is the problem. That’s why by the time the Oscars come around people aren’t as excited. There are also too many “award” shows set up just for publicity and Oscar campaigning purposes.

  6. Paul,

    I never understand a lot of the decisions about what gets Best Soundtrack…I thought there were a dozen scores this year that were better than TSN’s. IMO, this is just another example of voters just voting for the favorite film in as many categories as possible (there are exceptions to this when people come along that are too big to ignore, like Firth and Bale beating out their TSN competition).

    My copy of TSN will be coming in next week, so when I watch it again, I’ll pay closer attention to the score to see what the fuss is about.

    1. Shy, you are an idiot. The members of AMPAS will continue to vote for what they love. You are pissed because your favorite film failed to get recognized or win major awards. AMPAS members are not the ones who are doing the show. It is about recognizing what they think is the best film of the year. So you think they are losing viewership is due to the the films you are rooting for didn’t win?? You go tell the nearly 6000 members and go from door to door and tell them how angry you are.
      You are probably, what? An Nolan fan?? Nolan fans are such sore losers. They just want to see everybody loses to Nolan, but the reality is just the opposite.
      I am tired of people like you whine and cry just because the films you are rooting for did not get on the critics or Oscar members’ list.
      Get over it. Snap out of it, and if you are a Nolan fan, give yourself a kick. There is a reason why it keeps not winning because it is just not good enough.
      Anyway, thanks for letting me rant.
      It is time to get over it.
      The Social Network is the best film of the year, and it will probably win PGA, DGA, DGA and eventually it will win the Oscars.
      Get over it?
      And stop acting you are a Nolan fan or something.
      I am sick of it.

  7. I have a feeling (outside of best picture) this will be a lot closer to the results than what the GG’s provide. I guess the critics didn’t see the brilliance of the tourist.

  8. Not a surprise. Ever since the (stupid) decision of giving Crash Best Picture, the Academy has put its tail between its legs and just award whatever the Critics Circles tell them. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some lame, token nominations. But the wins are at least less political…if out of nothing but fear of a backlash.

    With that said 2010 is the first time I agree with the critics on the main categories: TSN, Fincher, Firth, Portman, BAle and Leo. So, as boring as it is, I don’t want surprises. The best contestants are winning.

    BTW I do think Steinfeld has a shot at upsetting Leo for Supporting Actress at SAG and the Academy for the record.

  9. Sorry, to see that How To Train Your Dragon has not been able to build enough buzz & Toy Story 3 looks poised to sweep the entire awards season. I personally think How to Train Your Dragon was the best animated film this year. The use of 3-D and the music score are just 2 areas that really set the film apart, plus thankfully there wasn’t any need for annoying product placement in the film. Toy Story 3 is my sentimental favorite, but it is not the BEST ANIMATED film that title should go to How to Train Your Dragon.

  10. Easy A wins Best Comedy – deservedly so – yet doesn’t even get nominated for a Golden Globe. Yet another nail in the GG coffin. Way to go, HFPA!

  11. Oh boy, Nolan looked really pissed and ungrateful, he probably knows and or worries that he is going to be SNUBBED again this year.
    You watch out. Inception will get best picture nod, but Nolan might still lose the best directing nod and best writing nod.

  12. What planet are you living on, Trent Reznors music made the social network. And you think Hans Zimmerman the token epic movie music guy did a better job?? I have nothing to say to you.

  13. I’m so tired of Natalie Portman winning. Her performance was good, but it was so much fear and gloominess. I don’t think she smiled once. Annette Bening and Nicole Kidman were miles better. I pray for an upset. I’m down with Firth, Bale, and Leo (or Adams) winning though.

  14. Wonder if David Fincher will show up to any future award shows since he was a no-show last night, has said he doesn’t like award season, and has been quoted everywhere as saying he doesn’t agree with the praise for the Social Network.

  15. I’m not sure i will sit till the end of Oscar telecast. I will probably turn off after Colin will win best actor. There is absolutely no interest in watching best director and best movie

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