"The Social Network" express continues to pick up steam this movie-awards season, winning best picture Saturday from the National Society of Film Critics. The fast-paced drama about the creation of Facebook won a total of four awards. In addition to best picture, it also won best actor for Jesse Eisenberg, best director for David Fincher and screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.
The 45th annual National Society awards, which is known for its more esoteric choices, selected Giovanni Mezzogiorno as best actress for her role as Mussolini's mistress in the Italian film "Vincere." Best supporting actress went to Olivia Williams in "The Ghost Writer," and Geoffrey Rush was named best supporting actor for "The King's Speech."
"The Social Network" has won the lion's share of critics group honors this year, including from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle. It also is nominated for several Golden Globe awards.
Best nonfiction-film honors went to "Inside Job," while "Carlos" earned the best foreign language honor. Best cinematography went to Roger Deakins for "True Grit." A special category was added to the awards Saturday at Sardi's Restaurant in New York: the best film still awaiting American distribution. The winner was "Film Socialisme."
Notably missing from the list of winners were such awards contenders as "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone."