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Pat Tillman, Edward Cullen & Other Curious Choices: More Film Awards

Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine

Michelle Williams as Best Actress for Derek Cianfrance's controversial drama Blue Valentine and John Hawkes as Best Supporting Actor for Debra Granik's Winter's Bone were the two most unusual picks among the San Francisco Film Critics Circle's 2010 award winners. Additionally, Amir Bar-Lev's The Tillman Story, about the military cover-up and deception following the death of former football player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, was the Best Documentary winner.

Most of the other San Francisco critics' winners matched what has been announced elsewhere, including Best Film The Social Network, Best Actor Colin Firth for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, and, still going surprisingly strong, Best Supporting Actress Jacki Weaver for David Michod's Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom. David Fincher shared the Best Director award with Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky. (See below the list of San Francisco Film Critics winners.]

Bong Joon-ho's Mother, a Korean psychological drama/thriller that earned veteran Kim Hye-ja the Best Actress award in Los Angeles, was chosen as the year's Best Foreign Language Film.

The other San Francisco winners were Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3; screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and David Seidler for, respectively, The Social Network (adapted) and The King's Speech (original); and cinematographer Matthew Libatique for Black Swan.

Bay Area programmer Elliot Lavine was named the recipient of the Marlon Riggs Award “for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community.”

Photo: Blue Valentine (Davi Russo / The Weinstein Co.)

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

Best Picture: The Social Network

Best Foreign Language Film: Mother (South Korea)

Best Director (tie): Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan, and David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone

Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Original Screenplay David Seidler, The King's Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Best Documentary: The Tillman Story

Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community: Elliot Lavine – teacher, exhibitor, and repertory curator – for Bay Area programming over the last two decades. His revival of rare archival studio, independent, and exploitation titles has particularly played a major role in the renewed popularity of film noir and pre-Production Code features.

Photo: The Social Network (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg, Joseph Mazzello, Patrick Maple, The Social Network
Andrew Garfield, Joseph Mazzello, Jesse Eisenberg, Patrick Maple, The Social Network

Best Feature Film: The Social Network, directed by David Fincher

AAFCA's Top 10 films of 2010:
1. The Social Network
2. The King's Speech
3. Inception
4. Black Swan
5. Night Catches Us
6. The Fighter
7. Frankie and Alice
8. Blood Done Sign My Name
9. Get Low
10. For Colored Girls

Best Documentary: Waiting for 'Superman' directed by Davis Guggenheim

Best Actress: Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

Best Actor: Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Kimberly Elise, For Colored Girls

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Ealy, For Colored Girls

Best Dir.: Christopher Nolan, Inception

Best Scr.: Night Catches Us by Tanya Hamilton

Best Song: “Four Women,” composed by N. Simone, For Colored Girls

Special Achievement: Lena Horne, Roger Ebert and Melvin Van Peebles. 

Source: Steve Pond in TheWrap

Photo: The Social Network (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures)

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Rooney Mara (looking like Noomi Rapace) in David Fincher's The Social Network (top); Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart's hair in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

David Fincher's The Social Network has won another accolade – this one across the Atlantic Ocean. The United Kingdom's regional film critics have chosen Fincher's Facebook drama as the Richard Attenborough Film Awards' Film of the Year. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who adapted Ben Mezrich's book, was also cited. (See list of Richard Attenborough Film Award winners further below.)

Fincher missed out on the Best Director award, though. That one went to Christopher Nolan for Inception.

Colin Firth was voted Best Actor for The King's Speech, while Noomi Rapace was the Best Actress for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

Additionally, Michael Caine was honored with the All Time Legend Award. At the other end, Chloë Grace Moretz was chosen as the Rising Star of the Year for Kick-Ass, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Let Me In.

The Richard Attenborough Film Awards include a total of fourteen categories; half of those are the domain of British regional film critics, whereas the others are chosen by average moviegoers.

That explains how Toy Story 3 won three awards (Animated Film, 3D Film, and Family Film of the Year), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was elected the Best British Movie of the Year, and The Twilight Saga's Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) ended up getting an award as well – for best movie character.

Other audience award winners were Angelina Jolie as Star of the Year for Salt and, matching the critics' choice, Chloë Grace Moretz as Breakthrough Star of the Year.

Photo: The Social Network (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures); The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network


Film of the year: The Social Network

Filmmaker of the year: Christopher Nolan - director, Inception

Actor of the year: Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Actress of the year: Noomi Rapace –The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and the Millennium trilogy)

Screenwriter of the year: Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network

Rising Star of the year: Chloë Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Let Me In

All Time Legend: Sir Michael Caine CBE


British Movie of the Year: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Animated Film of the Year: Toy Story 3

Star of the Year: Angelina Jolie, Salt

Family Film of the Year: Toy Story 3

3D Film of the Year: Toy Story 3

Breakthrough Star of the Year: Chloë Grace Moretz

Best Movie Character: Edward Cullen, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Photo: The Social Network (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures)

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

The African-American Film Critics Association has named David Fincher's The Social Network as the Best Feature Film of 2010. (See list of African-American Film Critics winners below.) That's where the similarities end with the other film critics' groups. Really, Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls among the year's top ten films?

Mark Wahlberg, who has been ignored elsewhere for his performance in The Fighter was voted Best Actor. The other acting awards all went to black or part-black performers: Halle Berry for Geoffrey Sax's Frankie and Alice, and in the supporting categories For Colored Girls' Kimberly Elise and Michael Ealy.

A few weeks ago, a widespread online buzz raised the possibility that Berry would become a front-runner at the 2011 Oscars for her performance as a woman suffering from multiple-personality disorder in Frankie and Alice. That didn't seem very likely then, and it sure doesn't seem at all likely now.

The African-American critics' Best Director was a white British guy: Christopher Nolan for Inception.

Curiously, the AAFCA has a category for Best Song, but not for Best Foreign Language Film. For the record, this year's Best Song winner was N. Simone's “Four Women” from For Colored Girls.

Last year, the AAFCA became embroiled in a major controversy following the selection of American Violet star Nicole Beharie – instead of Precious' Gabourey Sidibe – as the Best Actress of 2009.

Photo: Freestyle Releasing

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5 Comments to Pat Tillman, Edward Cullen & Other Curious Choices: More Film Awards

  1. altfilmguide

    Jesse Eisenberg — not Mark Wahlberg — was the National Board of Review's Best Actor winner.
    As for the “prejudice,” remark… Alt Film Guide? You can't be serious.

  2. Guy Montag

    Yeah for “The Tillman Story” winning the Best Documetary! It would be nice if the film came away with the Oscar as well, but I'm not holding my breath.

    In his “The Fog of War” interview with Jason Guerrasio, Amir Bar-Lev, the director of “The Tillman Story,” said: “… there's been no culpability on the second half of this tragedy, which is the higher ups trying to cover it up. … to borrow a football metaphor, they [the Tillman family] ran the ball 99 yards over four years time, they handed it off at the one-yard line to Congress and they fumbled it….”

    Shortly after Sundance, Bar-Lev emailed me that “he was pretty hard on the Democratic Congress in his film.” True, his film does portray Congressman Waxman's Oversight Committee as ineptly failing to get answers from the top military leadership during their hearing.

    However, Bar-Lev's film missed the ”untold story” that both the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency protected General Stanley McChrystal from public scrutiny of his central role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death. This cover-up was a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. It wasn't just a case of the Bush administration and the Army stonewalling the Democratic Congress. Congress didn't just “fumble” the ball, they threw the game.

    It's not surprising that after their initial cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. But after they took control of both Houses of Congress in 2006, the Democrats (including Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator Carl Levin, and Senator Jim Webb) and Senator John McCain could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them! (see “The [Untold] Tillman Story” at feralfirefighter.blogspot.com and Mary Tillman's foreword in the paperback edition of her “Boots on the Ground by Dusk” (at blurb.com).

    Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter, “After Pat's Birthday”. Kevin had hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, just as with warrantless wiretapping and torture, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother's friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.

  3. Marie S.

    Sorry to break this to you as it seems you don't like this organization but National Board of Review selected Wahlberg for THE FIGHTER. I don't think that's a performance that's “been ignored elsewhere.” Prejudiced much?

  4. altfilmguide

    For **the Golden Globes**, yes, she has indeed.

  5. Fred

    Hate to break it you but Halle Berry has been NOMINATED for Frankie and Alice just this morning Mr Soares!