Critics Awards: Colin Firth + Natalie Portman & Jennifer Lawrence

USC Scripter Award The Social Network Jesse Eisenberg Ben Mezrich'The Social Network' with Jesse Eisenberg and Joseph Mazzello: USC Scripter Award winner based on Ben Mezrich book.

USC Scripter Award: 'The Social Network' is the expected winner

Feb. 5 update: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Ben Mezrich were the winners of the 2011 USC Scripter Award, given to the best film adaptation of a book. Sorkin's screenplay for the David Fincher-directed The Social Network is based on Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires, about the rise and rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Seventy-three films were eligible for the USC Scripter Award this year. The other four nominees were the following:

'Getting hit by lightning'

In his acceptance speech at a ceremony held in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night (Feb. 4), Ben Mezrich explained that he hadn't yet finished The Accidental Billionaires when he heard that Aaron Sorkin was already working on a film adaptation of his book.

“It's like getting hit by lightning,” indieWIRE's Anne Thompson quotes Mezrich as saying.

As an original work, David Seidler's screenplay for the Tom Hooper-directed The King's Speech was ineligible for the USC Scripter Award.

2011 USC Scripter Award: Nominees' directors and key cast members

The King's Speech features Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom (Martin Ritt's The Outrage and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold).

Past winners

Previous winners of the USC Scripter Award include the following:

  • Up in the Air.
  • Slumdog Millionaire.
  • No Country for Old Men.
  • Children of Men.
  • Million Dollar Baby.
  • Wonder Boys.
  • A Civil Action.
  • Sense and Sensibility.
  • A River Runs Through It.
  • Awakenings.
  • 84 Charing Cross Road.

See also: “Writers Guild Awards: Christopher Nolan 'Qualified' Win.”

 

USC Scripter Award website.

Image of Joseph Mazzello and Jesse Eisenberg in the USC Scripter Award winner The Social Network: Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures.

Jan. 10 update: The Social Network was the big winner at the 11th Annual Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, held at the Railway Club in downtown Vancouver on Monday night (Jan. 10). David Fincher's Facebook drama won a total of three awards: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). (See below list of Vancouver Film Critics winners.)

The King's Speech's Colin Firth, The Fighter's Christian Bale, and True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld added one more awards-season mention for their work. And so did Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence, who has been chiefly named as the year's “breakout talent” elsewhere. The Vancouver critics cited her as the year's Best Actress.

Olivier Assayas' Carlos was named Best Foreign Film, while Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop was the Best Documentary.

As so often happens in Canadian cinema, a Quebec production dominated the Canadian categories. Denis Villeneuve's Incendies, about twins who travel to the Middle East to uncover their mother's tormented past, won three awards: Best Canadian Film, Best Director of a Canadian Film, and Best Actress in a Canadian Film (Lubna Azabal).

Americans also fared quite well in the Canadian categories, what with Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman winning, respectively, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards for Barney's Version.

The Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film was Delphine Chaneac for Splice.

Carl Bessai's Fathers & Sons, which intertwines the stories of four fathers' relationships with their middle-aged sons, won for Best British Columbia Film.

And finally, television screenwriter and producer Chris Haddock, creator of CBC TV's Da Vinci's Inquest and the
crime drama Intelligence, was given the Vancouver Film Critics' Achievement Award “for his contribution to the film and television industry of British Columbia.”

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle is composed of Vancouver-based film writers and critics working in online, radio, print, and television journalism.

Photo: Barney's Version (Takashi Seida / Sony Pictures Classics); Incendies (Sony Pictures Classics).

David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher on the set of The Social Network

BEST FILM
The Social Network

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Carlos

BEST DIRECTOR
David Fincher, The Social Network

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth, The King's Speech

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

BEST SCREENPLAY
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Exit Through the Gift Shop

BEST CANADIAN FILM
Incendies

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
Denis Villeneuve, Incendies

BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version

BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Lubna Azabal, Incendies

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Dustin Hoffman, Barney's Version

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Delphine Chaneac, Splice

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
Fathers & Sons

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Chris Haddock

 

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

127 Hours James Franco Kate Mara Amber Tamblyn. Utah critics top winner127 Hours with James Franco, Kate Mara, and Amber Tamblyn. Danny Boyle's real-life-inspired drama 127 Hours, based on a harrowing incident in the life of hiker Aron Ralston, topped three Utah Film Critics Association categories: Best Picture (tied with David Fincher's The Social Network), Best Actor (James Franco), and Best Cinematography (Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle).

Jan. 7

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Inception
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Inception

The Central Ohio Film Critics Association broke away from the North American awards-season pack, choosing Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception – instead of David Fincher's The Social Network – as the Best Film of 2010. Inception also topped the following categories: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Nolan), and Best Score (Hans Zimmer). (See below the list of Central Ohio Film Critics winners and nominees.)

Best Film runner-up The Social Network won only one award: Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).

Best Actress Natalie Portman and Best Supporting Actress Hailee Steinfeld, for Black Swan and True Grit, respectively, were expected victories. But James Franco's win for 127 Hours was a bit of a surprise, as The King's Speech's Colin Firth has dominated the Best Actor category. Franco was also voted Actor of the Year “for an exemplary body of work.” In addition to 127 Hours, in 2010 Franco could be found in Date Night, Eat Pray Love, and Howl.

Even more surprising than Franco's Best Actor victory was the choice of The King's Speech's Geoffrey Rush as Best Supporting Actor, a category that The Fighter's Christian Bale has topped nearly everywhere else.

Among the other Central Ohio Film Critics' winners were Bong Joon-ho's Mother as Best Foreign Language Film (the runner-up was Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, which made into other critics' “Best of” lists last year); Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop as Best Documentary; and Lee Unkrich's blockbuster Toy Story 3 as Best Animated Feature. Nicole Holofcener's Please Give was the Best Overlooked Film.

One of those things: As mentioned above, newcomer Hailee Steinfeld was chosen as the year's Best Supporting Actress for True Grit. But the Central Ohio Film Critics' Breakthrough Film Artist was Chloë Grace Moretz for a trio of films: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, Let Me In. The runner-up in that category wasn't Steinfeld, either; instead, the Central Ohio critics opted for their Best Actress runner-up, Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone.

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Best Film
1. Inception
   2. The Social Network
   3. The King's Speech
   4. Black Swan
   5. Toy Story 3
   6. True Grit
   7. 127 Hours
   8. The Fighter
   9. Winter's Bone
  10. Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Foreign Language Film
• Mother (Madeo)
  • Runner-Up: The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte)

Best Director
• Christopher Nolan - (Inception)
  • Runner-Up: David Fincher - (The Social Network)

Best Actor
• James Franco - (127 Hours)
  • Runner-Up: Colin Firth - (The King's Speech)

Best Actress
• Natalie Portman - (Black Swan)
  • Runner-Up: Jennifer Lawrence - (Winter's Bone)

Best Supporting Actor
• Geoffrey Rush - (The King's Speech)
  • Runner-Up: Christian Bale - (The Fighter)

Best Supporting Actress
• Hailee Steinfeld - (True Grit)
  • Runner-Up: Amy Adams - (The Fighter)

Best Ensemble
• The Fighter
  • Runner-Up: True Grit

Best Adapted Screenplay
• Aaron Sorkin - (The Social Network)
  • Runner-Up: Michael Arndt - (Toy Story 3)

Best Original Screenplay
• Christopher Nolan - (Inception)
  • Runner-Up: Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, and John McLaughlin - (Black Swan)

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work)
• James Franco - (127 Hours, Date Night, Eat Pray Love, Howl)
  • Runner-Up: Chloë Grace Moretz - (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, Let Me In)

Breakthrough Film Artist
• Chloë Grace Moretz - (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, Let Me In) - (for acting)
  • Runner-Up: Jennifer Lawrence - (Winter's Bone) - (for acting)

Best Cinematography
• Roger Deakins - (True Grit)
  • Runner-Up: Matthew Libatique - (Black Swan)

Best Score
• Hans Zimmer - (Inception)
  • Runner-Up: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - (The Social Network)

Best Documentary
• Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Runner-Up: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Best Animated Film
• Toy Story 3
  • Runner-Up: Despicable Me

Best Overlooked Film
• Please Give
  • Runner-Up: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

 

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Jan. 5

Olivia Williams, Pierce Brosnan, The Ghost Writer
Olivia Williams, Pierce Brosnan in Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer

127 Hours, The Ghost Writer, The Social Network, True Grit, and Winter's Bone are the five movies in the running for the 2011 USC Scripter Award, given to both the writer of an adapted screenplay based on a book and to the author of the source material.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

  • Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for 127 Hours (directed by Boyle), adapted from Aron Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place;
  • Writer-director Roman Polanski for The Ghost Writer, adapted from Robert Harris' novel The Ghost;
  • Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network (directed by David Fincher), adapted from Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal;
  • Writer-directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for True Grit, adapted from Charles Portis' novel;
  • Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini for Winter's Bone (directed by Granik), adapted from Daniel Woodrell's novel.

The 2011 USC Scripter voting committee includes actor Ed Harris; film critic Leonard Maltin; Fox CEO Tom Rothman; screenwriters Eric Roth, David Koepp, Robin Swicord, Steven Zaillian, and Nicholas Kazan; and authors Michael Chabon, Michael Ondaatje, and Ayelet Waldman.

Three years ago, the Coen brothers won the Scripter Award for No Country for Old Men. Simon Beaufoy won the following year for Slumdog Millionaire.

The USC Scripter Award winners will be announced on Feb. 4 in the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on USC's University Park Campus south of downtown Los Angeles.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Photo: The Ghost Writer (Guy Farrandis / Summit Entertainment)

Jan. 4

Black Swan Natalie Portman ballet dancingNatalie Portman ballet dancing in 'Black Swan.'

'Black Swan,' Natalie Portman, Darren Aronofsky: Nominations for the 2011 Central Ohio Film Critics' Awards

Best Film
127 Hours
Black Swan
Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Fighter
The Ghost Writer
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Actress
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Barbara Hershey, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Ensemble
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception

Best Foreign Language Film
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor)
Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot)
Mother (Madeo)
A Prophet (Un prophète)
The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos)
The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit
Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, Winter's Bone
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay
Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell, and Chris Morris, Four Lions
Noah Baumbach, Greenberg
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, and John McLaughlin, Black Swan
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King's Speech
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson, The Fighter

Best Documentary
Catfish
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Waiting for 'Superman'

Best Animated Film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Tangled
Toy Story 3

Best Overlooked Film
City Island
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Four Lions
Let Me In
Please Give
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Actor of the Year (for an exemplary body of work)
Jeff Bridges, Tron: Legacy and True Grit
Matt Damon, Green Zone, Hereafter, and True Grit
Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception and Shutter Island
James Franco, 127 Hours, Date Night, Eat Pray Love, and Howl
Chloë Grace Moretz, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, and Let Me In

Breakthrough Film Artist
Greta Gerwig, Greenberg – (for acting)
Debra Granik, Winter's Bone – (for directing and screenwriting)
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone – (for acting)
Chloë Grace Moretz, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, Let Me In – (for acting)
Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest – (for acting)
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit – (for acting)

Best Cinematography
Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle, 127 Hours
Jeff Cronenweth, The Social Network
Roger Deakins, True Grit
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Wally Pfister, Inception

Best Score
Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy
Clint Mansell, Black Swan
Rachel Portman, Never Let Me Go
A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

 

Natalie Portman Black Swan ballet dancing photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Jan. 4

Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Inception
Cillian Murphy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Inception

Three English-language critics groups have announced their nominees in the last couple of days: In the United States, the Central Ohio Film Critics Association; in Canada, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle; and in the United Kingdom, the London Evening Standard award voters.

Apart from the Vancouver critics' “Canadian Film” categories, the vast majority of the nominees on the Canadian and American lists are the same names found elsewhere. The few surprises are to be found on the Central Ohio Film Critics' list: a Best Actor nod for Inception's Leonardo DiCaprio, a Best Actress nod for The Kids Are All Right's Julianne Moore, and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Black Swan's Barbara Hershey. All three have been all but ignored by other groups.

The London Evening Standard list of nominees is more “unusual” chiefly because it doesn't include American films – unless it's a nomination for a British performer or craftsman who worked on a US production. Even so, there was one major surprise: the omission of Another Year's Lesley Manville from the Best Actress roster, which includes no less than nine names, among them Manville's Another Year co-star Ruth Sheen.

The Central Ohio Film Critics winners will be announced on Jan. 6; the Vancouver Film Critics' on Jan. 10; and the Evening Standard's on Feb. 7.

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Jan. 4

BEST FILM
The Social Network
True Grit
Black Swan

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Carlos (France/Germany)
The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina/Spain)
Mother (Korea)
Un Prophète / A Prophet (France/Italy)

BEST DIRECTOR
David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waiting for 'Superman'

BEST SCREENPLAY
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

BEST CANADIAN FILM
Incendies
Last Train Home
Trigger

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
Denis Côté, Curling
Bruce MacDonald, Trigger
Denis Villeneuve, Incendies

BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Paul J. Spence, Fubar II
Jay Baruchel, The Trotsky

BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Lubna Azabal, Incendies
Molly Parker, Trigger
Tracy Wright, Trigger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Jay Brazeau, Fathers & Sons
Maxim Gaudette, Incendies
Dustin Hoffman, Barney's Version

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Delphine Chaneac, Splice
Minnie Driver, Barney's Version
Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Incendies

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
Fathers & Sons
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
Mighty Jerome

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE FILM INDUSTRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Chris Haddock

 

Source: straight.com

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

Jan. 3

Jesse Eisenberg, Brenda Song, The Social Network
Jesse Eisenberg, Brenda Song, The Social Network
Max Minghella, Armie Hammer, The Social Network
Max Minghella, Armie Hammer, The Social Network

Following its Kansas City Film Critics Circle win yesterday,The Social Network has bagged its second 2011 Best Film award. The Online Film Critics Society chose David Fincher's drama about the launching of Facebook as their top choice of 2010. Additionally, Fincher was named Best Director and Aaron Sorkin the writer of the Best Adapted Screenplay. (See below the list of Online Society of Film Critics winners.]

Despite several unusual nominees in their roster – e.g., Edgar Ramírez as Best Actor for Carlos, Kim Hye-ja as Best Actress for Mother – in their choice of winners the Online Film Critics opted for the same names seen elsewhere.

Thus, we have Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Hailee Steinfeld topping the acting categories for, respectively, The King's Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter, and True Grit. Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 was named the Best Animated Feature and Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop was the Best Documentary.

Bong Joon-ho's Mother was the Best Foreign Language Film. Christopher Nolan won the award for Best Original Screenplay for Inception, which also earned Lee Smith the Best Editing award. Cinematographer Roger Deakins was cited for his work on Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's True Grit.

Best Picture: The Social Network

Best Foreign Language Film: Mother

Best Dir.: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Lead Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best Lead Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Best Original Screenplay Christopher Nolan, Inception

Best Adapted Screenplay Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, True Grit

Best Editing: Lee Smith, Inception

 

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

Eclectic Online Film Critics nominees range from 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' to 'Dogtooth'

An eclectic bunch of film titles and film people has been shortlisted for the Online Film Critics Society 2010 Awards. They range from the expected (The Social Network, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Christopher Nolan) to the “unusual” (Mother's Kim Hye-ja, screenwriters Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Dogtooth up for Best Foreign Language Film, the documentary Catfish).

Mostly, however, the Online Film Critics' list matches those of other awards season groups. Except that Tom Hooper's acclaimed The King's Speech, the one movie that could beat The Social Network at the Oscars, failed to be shortlisted in the Best Film and Best Director categories.

Screenwriter David Seidler, however, made the cut, and so did Best Actor Colin Firth and Best Supporting Actor Geoffrey Rush. (But not supporting actress Helena Bonham Carter.)

Another curious omission was that of Blue Valentine actress Michelle Williams, considering that her co-star, Ryan Gosling, found his way into the six (a tie, clearly) Best Actor nominees.

The Online Film Critics Society's award winners will be announced on Jan. 3.

Online Film Critics Society nominations

BEST PICTURE
Black Swan.
Inception.
The Social Network.
Toy Story 3.
True Grit.
Winter's Bone.

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Carlos.
Dogtooth.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Mother.
A Prophet.

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan.
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours.
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, True Grit.
David Fincher, The Social Network.
Christopher Nolan, Inception.

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, True Grit.
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network.
Colin Firth, The King's Speech.
James Franco, 127 Hours.
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine.
Edgar Ramírez, Carlos.

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening, The Kids are All Right.
Kim Hye-ja, Mother.
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole.
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone.
Natalie Portman, Black Swan.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter.
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network.
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone.
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids are All Right.
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter.
Mila Kunis, Black Swan.
Melissa Leo, The Fighter.
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit.
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Black Swan, Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz & John McLaughlin.
Greenberg, Noah Baumbach.
Inception, Christopher Nolan.
The Kids are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg.
The King's Speech, David Seidler.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours, Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright.
The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin.
True Grit, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen.
Winter's Bone, Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini.

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Catfish.
Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Inside Job.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.
Restrepo.
Waiting for 'Superman'.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Despicable Me.
How to Train Your Dragon.
The Illusionist.
Tangled.
Toy Story 3.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
127 Hours, Anthony Dod Mantle & Enrique Chediak.
Black Swan, Matthew Libatique.
Inception, Wally Pfister.
Shutter Island, Robert Richardson.
True Grit, Roger Deakins.

BEST EDITING
127 Hours, Jon Harris.
Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum.
Inception, Lee Smith.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss.
The Social Network, Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall.

Jan. 2

Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Inception
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Inception

David Fincher's Facebook drama The Social Network has won its first couple of 2011 awards: Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. Fincher, however, lost the Best Director award to Christopher Nolan for the sci-fi thriller Inception, which also earned Nolan a citation for Best Original Screenplay and a special prize, the Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film. (See below the list of Kansas City Film Critics winners.)

Also making their 2011 awards-season debuts are 2010 favorites Colin Firth, Best Actor for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech; Natalie Portman, Best Actress for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan; Hailee Steinfeld, Best Supporting Actress for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's True Grit; and Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for David O. Russell's The Fighter.

And finally, Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop was the Best Documentary, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 the Best Animated Feature, and Bong Joon-ho's Mother the Best Foreign Language Film.

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, The Social Network
Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake in David Fincher's The Social Network

 

Best Film: The Social Network

Best Foreign Language Film: Mother (South Korea)

Robert Altman Award for Best Dir.: Christopher Nolan - Inception

Best Actress: Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Best Actor: Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale - The Fighter

Best Original Screenplay Christopher Nolan - Inception

Best Adapted Screenplay Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network

Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3

Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: Inception

 

The Social Network image: Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures.

Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, and James Franco 127 Hours image: Chuck Zlotnick / Fox Searchlight.

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  1. thisnthat42

    I hated “Inception”. In its attempt to be interesting and complex, it just became tiresome and boring. I kept trying to be involved in the film, but halfway through, I just gave up. The movie's superficial effort to intellectually captivate failed.