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'The Social Network' awards sweep is not unprecedented

January 20, 2011 |  9:30 am

Schindlers list

A few times in awards history, one film has dominated the derby, snatching virtually every laurel en route to the Oscar finish line, but only once did a movie pull off a perfect romp: "Schindler's List" (1993). On other occasions, "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), "No Country for Old Men" (2007), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) and "The Hurt Locker" (2009) won most prizes, but not all, and, in "Brokeback's" case, of course, it tripped up at the Oscars.

Below is a breakdown of the best-picture prizes bestowed by every major awards group in those years. Note: The Critics' Choice Award was launched in 1995.

This year "The Social Network" has pulled off a perfect sweep so far, bagging best picture from the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics' Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., National Society of Film Critics, Critics Choice Award and Golden Globe.

1993

Los Angeles Film Critics Assn: "Schindler's List"
National Board of Review: "Schindler's List"
New York Film Critics Circle: "Schindler's List"
National Society of Film Critics: "Schindler's List"
Golden Globes: "Schindler’s List" (drama), Mrs. Doubtfire" (comedy/musical)
Producers Guild of America: "Schindler's List"
Academy Awards: "Schindler's List"

1997

National Board of Review: "L.A. Confidential"
New York Film Critics Circle: "L.A. Confidential"
Los Angeles Film Critics Assn: "L.A. Confidential"
National Society of Film Critics: "L.A. Confidential"
Critics Choice:  "L.A. Confidential"
Producers Guild of America: "Titanic"
Golden Globes: "Titanic" (drama), "As Good as It Gets" (comedy/musical)
Academy Awards: "Titanic"

2005

Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.: "Brokeback Mountain"
National Board of Review: "Good Night and Good Luck"
New York Film Critics Circle: "Brokeback Mountain"
National Society of Film Critics: "Capote"
Critics Choice: "Brokeback Mountain"
Golden Globes: "Brokeback Mountain" (Drama), "Walk the Line" (Comedy/Musical)
Producers Guild of America: "Brokeback Mountain"
Academy Awards: "Crash"

2007

Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.: "There Will Be Blood
National Board of Review: "No Country for Old Men"
New York Film Critics Circle: "No Country for Old Men"
National Society of Film Critics: "There Will Be Blood"
Critics Choice: "No Country for Old Men"
Golden Globes:  "Atonement" (Drama), "Sweeney Todd" (Comedy/Musical)
Producers Guild of America: "No Country for Old Men"
Academy Awards: "No Country for Old Men"

2008

Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.: "Wall-E"
National Board of Review: "Slumdog Millionaire"
New York Film Critics Circle: "Milk"
National Society of Film Critics: "Waltz with Bashir"
Critics Choice: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Golden Globes: "Slumdog Millionaire" (Drama), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (Comedy/Musical)
Producers Guild of America: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Academy Awards: "Slumdog Millionaire"

2009

Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.: "The Hurt Locker"
National Board of Review: "Up in the Air"
New York Film Critics Circle: "The Hurt Locker"
National Society of Film Critics: "The Hurt Locker"
Critics Choice: "The Hurt Locker"
Golden Globes: "Avatar" (Drama), "The Hangover" (Comedy/Musical)
Producers Guild of America: "The Hurt Locker"
Academy Awards: "The Hurt Locker"

 

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: "Schindler's List." Credit: Universal

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