Christopher Nolan's mind-bending sci-fi/thriller Inception won more awards from the Florida Film Critics Circle than any other 2010 release, but David Fincher's Facebook drama The Social Network was the actual (unsurprising) leader in terms of prestige, bagging trophies for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). (See below list of Florida Film Critics' award winners.)
In the acting categories, Natalie Portman was once again Best Actress for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Colin Firth won another Best Actor award for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, while Melissa Leo and Christian Bale topped one more time the supporting categories for their roles in David O. Russell's The Fighter. Leo and Bale each won “by comfortable margins,” according to the Florida critics' press release.
Inception's awards were for Best Original Screenplay (Christopher Nolan), Best Cinematography (Wally Pfister), Best Art Direction/Production Design (Brad Ricker and Guy Hendrix Dyas, respectively), and Best Visual Effects.
Other winners included Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love as Best Foreign Language Film, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 as Best Animated Film and Amin Bar-Lev's The Tillman Story as Best Documentary.
The Golden Orange award, “given for a significant contribution to film and/or filmmaking in Florida,” went to Matthew Curtis, programming director for the Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival in Orlando. Curtis was honored for “continuing to bring diverse programming to Orlando's lone art house and being similarly dedicated to ensuring that the Florida Film Festival is a significant component of Central Florida's film culture for the past two decades.”
Founded in 1996, the Florida Film Critics Circle is comprised of 19 writers from state publications. Dan Hudak of www.hudakonhollywood.com has served as chairman since March 2008. For more information on the FFCC, visit floridafilmcriticscircle.webs.com.
Photo: The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)
Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Foreign Language Film: I Am Love
Best Dir.: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Adapted Scr.: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Original Scr.: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception
Best Visual Effects: Inception
Best Art Direction/Production Design: Inception
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Documentary: The Tillman Story
Pauline Kael Breakout Award: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Golden Orange: Matthew Curtis, Enzian Theater and Florida Film Festival, Orlando
Photo: The Social Network (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures)