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Colin Firth, Michelle Williams: San Francisco Film Critics Winners

Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams 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)

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  1. 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 http://www.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.