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Chicago Film Critics Pick “The Social Network”

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

So, some nice news from the home front. It’s just been announced that my town of Chicago has picked “The Social Network” as its number one film of the year. I can now rest easy.

Aside from that, however, I’m afraid that these awards are really kind of boring. Nice to see “Exit Through the Gift Shop” getting a consistent amount of love. Hopefully, it will gain enough traction to at least make it to a nomination for Best Documentary. Hailee Steinfeld is really starting to rack in the awards, as well, though I don’t think she has much of a chance. The Academy loves to nominate child actors, but only once in a blue moon do they actually hand over the gold to them.

Aside from the possible backlash that might be headed it’s way, I still see absolutely no boredom or regret over this unprecedented domination of the awards season. As I’ve said since the first time I saw it, this is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It is nearly flawless, down to the last detail. I also don’t think there has ever been a film that better defines my generation. I don’t think that we’re likely to see a film this good come along for some time.

Check out the continuing tally of “The Social Network”‘s critical wins and nominations here.

I have the full list of winners after the jump or you can read the official press release from the CFCA.

Best Picture
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“Winter’s Bone”

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Los Angeles Film Critics Winners

December 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Continuing one of the biggest weeks in the entire awards season, the LAFCA has finished its awards announcement. Los Angeles has a tendency to sometimes go against the grain in random places, while sometimes picking rather Hollywoodesque choices in other areas. This year, Best Picture was not quite against the grain, but yet another big win for “The Social Network,” perhaps their biggest win, yet. The film also took down the Best Screenplay award, edging out “The King’s Speech.”

The rest of the wins are a bit scattered and patternless. Colin Firth takes his first major award for Best Actor, perhaps keeping him in the lead for the big win. Jacki Weaver picks up another win for “Animal Kingdom,” making her once considered extremely dark horse nomination more of a reality. Fincher ended up in a tie with “Carlos” director Oliver Assayas. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers of “The Social Network” score, also tied with the great Alexander Desplat for “The Ghost Writer.”

Oh, and once again, “A Prophet” was released last year. I’m sick of there not being a proper distinction on this matter.

Full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE
“The Social Network”
Runner-up: “Carlos”

BEST DIRECTOR
Olivier Assayas – “Carlos” AND David Fincher – “The Social Network”

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech”
Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez – “Carlos”

BEST ACTRESS
Kim Hye-ja – “Mother”
Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Niels Arestrup – “A Prophet”
Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush – “The King’s Speech”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jacki Weaver – “Animal Kingdom”
Runner-up: Olivia Williams – “The Ghost Writer”

BEST SCREENPLAY
“The Social Network”
Runner-up: “The King’s Speech”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Black Swan”
Runner-up: “True Grit”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Toy Story 3″
runner-up: “The Illusionist”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Carlos”
Runner-up: “Mother”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Last Train Home”
Runner-up: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“The Ghost Writer” AND “The Social Network”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Inception”
Runner-up: “The King’s Speech”

NEW GENERATION AWARD
Lena Dunham, “Tiny Furniture”

DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS AWARD
“Film Socialisme”

Top Ten Lists from The New Yorker

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Not exactly earth-shattering news, but I’d like to get everybody’s Top Tens on the record. Tis the season.

But, if anyone want’s to inform Anthony Lane that “A Prophet” is a 2009 release, I’d appreciate it. And damn it, is it too much to ask for that people rank their top tens. I mean, that’s the fun of being a critic, letting people know that you like this movie more than this one. I don’t know. Not bad choices though, or at least more original than Peter Travers.

David Denby
“Company Men”
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“The Fighter”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Inside Job”
“Please Give”
“Restrepo”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“Winter’s Bone”

Anthony Lane
“Dogtooth”
“The Father of My Children”
“I Am Love”
“Life During Wartime”
“Mother”
“A Prophet”
“The Social Network”
“Sweetgrass”
“Toy Story 3”
“Winter’s Bone”

As we can see between these two lists, and between Travers’ as well, for that matter, is a consensus forming with “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone.” I think we can expect to see a lot more of that through the rest of the year.

Oh, and it’s worth pointing out that while these technically aren’t ranked, Denby did apparently state that “The Social Network” was the best film of the year. Huzzah.