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'The Social Network' wins Critics' Choice Movie Award for best film

January 14, 2011 |  8:00 pm

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As expected, "The Social Network" won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for best film of 2010 on Friday evening, along with the best director award for David Fincher, best adapted screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and best score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The drama about the birth of Facebook has won the majority of critics honors this year, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics. It's nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and earlier in the week earned nominations from the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.

However, it was not the evening's biggest winner by trophy count.  That distinction went to Christopher Nolan's enigmatic thriller "Inception," which took home six awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.: best action film; cinematography for Wally Pfister; art direction for Guy Henrix Dyas, Larry Dias and Doug Mowat;  editing for Lee Smith; and for visual effects and sound.

Best actor went to Oscar front-runner Colin Firth for "The King's Speech." The historical drama also won best original screenplay for David Seidler. Natalie Portman took best actress honors for the psychological thriller "Black Swan." Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won best supporting actor and actress for their work in "The Fighter," which won the best ensemble award. And 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld's breakout work in "True Grit" landed her the best young actor/actress award.

"Toy Story 3" won best animated feature, and "Easy A" took home the best comedy honors. Tim Burton's box office hit "Alice in Wonderland" won best costume design for Colleen Atwood as well as best makeup.

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" earned best foreign-language film honors, while "Waiting for 'Superman,' " was named best documentary.  Best song honors went to "If I Rise" from "127 Hours,"  music by A.R. Rahman and lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong. The sole TV honor -- best television movie -- went to HBO's miniseries "The Pacific."

The awards were handed out at the Hollywood Palladium and telecast on VH1.

— Susan King

 

Photo: Jesse Eisenberg, Brenda Song and Andrew Garfield in "The Social Network." Credit: Merrick Morton/Columbia Tristar.

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