As awards season trudges on, “The Social Network” continues to prove itself as the critical darling to beat. Entertainment Weekly reports that David Fincher’s latest has scored the top prizes for Best Picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online. Aaron Sorkin swept those same awards for his critically acclaimed screenplay.
“The Social Network’s” three-sweep comes after already winning the Best Picture awards from the National Board of Review and the Washington, D.C. Film Critics Association, begging the question: is this year’s Oscar winner already in the bag?
Not necessarily. Despite the fact that “The Social Network” is clearly doing well in the awards circuit, “Toy Story 3” is certainly no slouch either, having won Best Animated Film from all three of the aforementioned associations. Additionally, Natalie Portman won the New York and Boston awards for her work on “Black Swan,” and the film just scored a record 12 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations — portending good things for that movie’s Oscar chances.
In addition to “Black Swan,” nine other films made the short list for the Best Picture prize at the Critics’ Choice Awards, which are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association: “127 Hours,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “The Town,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.”
The list looks very similar to the American Film Institute’s picks for the top 10 feature films of ’10: “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “127 Hours,” “The Social Network,” “The Town,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.” As you can see, the only movie left off AFI’s list that made the Critics’ Choice top 10 is “The King’s Speech,” and that’s because it’s ineligible for being British and thus, you know, outside the realm of the American Film Institute.
Ladies and gentleman, looks like we know which 11 films to keep an eye on this awards season.
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