Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Foreign Language Film: Mother
Best Director: David Fincher for The Social Network
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Lewis for Conviction
Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter
Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins for True Grit
Best Documentary: Marwencol
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer): Andrew Weisblum for Black Swan
Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy): Jeff Malmberg for Marwencol
Best Use of Music in a Film: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network
Photo: The Social Network (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures)
No major surprises are to be found in the American Film Institute's list of best American movies released in 2010. Debra Granik's Winter's Bone was included, and so were Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, Christopher Nolan's Inception, and David O. Russell's The Fighter.
Needless to say, David Fincher's The Social Network and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan were also shortlisted. Rounding out the top ten were Ben Affleck's The Town, Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit, and Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3.
So as to include a foreign (British) film and a documentary in their year-end honor rolls, the AFI gave "Special Awards" to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech and to Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman'. Non-English-language films were out of luck.
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR (in alphabetical order)
- Black Swan
- The Fighter
- The Kids Are All Right
- 127 Hours
- The Social Network
- The Town
- Toy Story 3
- True Grit
- Winter's Bone
AFI SPECIAL AWARDS
- The King's Speech
- Waiting for 'Superman'
Photo: Black Swan (Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight)