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Washington D.C. Film Critics Ring In

This is, perhaps, not one of the most principal of awards to be released this December, but one that I follow, nonetheless. And thus more good news for David Fincher and his brilliant film, “The Social Network.” This announcement, coupled with the recent National Board of Review sweep, is setting “Social” up to be potential critical darling, much like “The Hurt Locker,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “No Country for Old Men” before it.

It used to be that being a favorite of film aficionados was an evil, or at least irrelevant, matter when it came to the Oscars. “Brokeback Mountain” and “Sideways” both falling victim to this statute. However, if you look at the track record of the above mentioned films, it is evident that the critics take a more substantial role than ever before.

While D.C. didn’t seem to go outside the box for a lot of their nominations, they did make some interesting choices with their picks. An extremely good showing for “Inception,” taking 4 awards, including Best Original Screenplay, which would have been more likely taken by, well, really any of the other nominees in that field. Also, “The Fighter” takes both of the supporting categories away from “The King’s Speech.” In fact, the only award that Tom Hooper’s film did pick up was the expected Best Actor for Colin Firth.

Here is the full list of nominations and awards after the jump:

Best Film
“Black Swan”
“127 Hours”
The Social Network
“Toy Story 3″

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Danny Boyle, “127 Hours”
David Fincher, “The Social Network
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “True Grit”

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”
Robert Duvall, “Get Low”
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech
James Franco, “127 Hours”

Best Actress
Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Anne Hathaway, “Love & Other Drugs”
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”
John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”
Sam Rockwell, “Conviction”
Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3″
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Best Original Screenplay
“Another Year”
“Black Swan”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”

Best Animated Feature
“Despicable Me”
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“Toy Story 3″

Best Documentary
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“Inside Job”
“The Tillman Story”
“Waiting for Superman”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“I Am Love”
“White Material”

Best Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Black Swan”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I”
“True Grit”

Best Cinematography
“Black Swan”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

Best Score
“Black Swan”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

Best Acting Ensemble
“The Fighter”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The Social Network”
“The Town”

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