Tahar Rahim & Jennifer Lawrence Tops + 'The Last Airbender' Worst Movie: More Film Critics Awards

The Social Network Max Minghella. Facebook flick is critics' #1 movie of yearThe Social Network with Max Minghella: North American critics' fave was the St. Louis Film Critics' and the Oklahoma Film Critics' no. 1 movie of the year. Besides, in Utah David Fincher's depiction of the birth of the seemingly unstoppable behemoth known as Facebook shared Best Film honors with Danny Boyle's 127 Hours. Jesse Eisenberg plays ambitious Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; Max Minghella, son of Best Director Oscar winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, 1996), plays Divya Narendra, in the view of some an uncredited Facebook co-founder.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception
Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz, The Last Airbender
Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (top); Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (bottom)

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception was the top movie of 2010 according to the North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA). In addition to its Best Picture win, Inception also bagged awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography (Wally Pfister). Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Berenger. (See further below the list of North Texas Film Critics winners.]

Best Actress Natalie Portman – for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan – was the only unanimous winner according to NTFCA member Jon P. Meyer. I'm assuming that means Portman gathered the highest possible weighted total of any Best Actress contender, as there were two runners-up: Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone and Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right.

The North Texas Film Critics' other winners were Best Actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Best Supporting Actor/Actress Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Best Animated Feature Toy Story 3, Best Documentary Waiting for 'Superman', and Best Foreign Language Film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Curiously, the NTFCA doesn't hand out Best Screenplay citations.

M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy adventure The Last Airbender was voted the Worst Film of the Year. Competition, however, was stiff. Runners-up included Adam Sandler's comedy hit Grown Ups, Sylvester Stallone's violent The Expendables, and Jack Black's misfire Gulliver's Travels.

Photo: The Last Airbender (Zade Rosenthal / Paramount); Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Inception
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Inception

Best Picture: Inception

Runners-up: The King's Speech, The Fighter

Best Foreign Language Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sweden)

Runners-up: I Am Love (Italy)

Best Dir.: Christopher Nolan (Inception)

Runners-up: David O. Russell (The Fighter), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

Runners-up: Jeff Bridges (True Grit), James Franco (127 Hours)

Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Runners-up: Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Runners-up: Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech), Jeremy Renner (The Town)

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Runners-up: Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Runners-up: How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me

Best Documentary: Waiting for 'Superman'

Runners-up: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, and Restrepo tied with Inside Job

Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister (Inception)

Runners-up: Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak (127 Hours), Danny Cohen (The King's Speech)

Worst Film of 2010: The Last Airbender

Runners-up: Grown Ups, The Expendables, Leap Year. Fifth place was a three-way tie: Gulliver's Travels, Hot Tub Time Machine, Splice

Source: John P. Meyer at pegasusnews.com

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Tahar Rahim, A Prophet, Un prophete
Tahar Rahim, A Prophet

Unlike most of their American counterparts, the Dublin Film Critics Circle came up with a number of interesting “Best of” selections this year – which includes several 2009 releases in the United States. [List of Dublin Film Critics winners and runners-up.]

First of all, Jacques Audiard's prison drama A Prophet was voted 2010's Best Film. David Fincher's The Social Network was no. 4 on the list, after Debra Granik's Winter's Bone and Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3. Fincher was Audiard's runner-up in the (extensive) Best Director category, which also included the likes of Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives), and Jessica Hauser (Lourdes).

The Best Actor was Tahar Rahim for A Prophet. Last year, Rahim won Césars for Best Actor and Best Male Newcomer, and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award, chosen by the public. (He was unlucky to be in the running against Kristen Stewart. Needless to say, Stewart took home the trophy.)

The Dublin Film Critics' Best Actress was Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Lawrence also won the year's Breakthrough Award.

Ken Wardrop's documentary His & Hers, in which dozens of Irish women discuss the men in their lives, was the Dublin critics' Best Irish Film and Best Documentary. It also earned Wardrop the Irish Breakthrough Award. In 2010, His & Hers won the Audience Award at the Dublin Film Festival and was the Irish Film and Television Awards' Best Documentary Feature.

Photo: A Prophet (Roger Arpajou / Sony Pictures Classics)

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

The Iowa Film Critics Association's 2010 winners match those already announced by most US-based “regional” film critics' groups.

David Fincher's The Social Network was the Best Film, Fincher was Best Director, Colin Firth (right) was Best Actor for The King's Speech, and Natalie Portman was Best Actress for Black Swan. The Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards went to, respectively, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for The Fighter.

The Best Animated Feature was Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3, which has also won just about every award out there in that category. The Iowa Film Critics' sole “unique” selection was one in a category that is theirs and theirs alone: Best Film That Has Yet to Open in Iowa: The winner was Mike Leigh's British drama-comedy (or humorous drama) Another Year.

Photo: The King's Speech (The Weinstein Co.)

Best Film
The Social Network
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Director
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
David Fincher, The Social Network
Christopher Nolan, Inception

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

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

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew GarfieldThe Social Network
Sam Rockwell, Conviction

Best Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee SteinfeldTrue Grit

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

Best Film That Has Yet to Open in Iowa
Another Year

Via Awards Daily

Garrett Hedlund, TRON: Legacy
Garrett Hedlund in Joseph Kosinsky's TRON: Legacy

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture

Paul Franklin Visual Effects Supervisor
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Mike Chambers Visual Effects Producer
Matthew Plummer Visual Effects Producer

Iron Man 2
Ben Snow VFX Supervisor
Ged Wright VFX Supervisor
Janek Sirrs VFX Supervisor
Susan Pickett VFX Producer

TRON: Legacy
Eric Barba Visual Effects Supervisor
Lisa Beroud Visual Effects Producer
Steve Preeg Animation Director
Karl Denham Sequence Supervisor

Alice in Wonderland
Ken Ralston Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
Tom Peitzman Visual Effects Producer
David Schaub Animation Supervisor
Carey Villegas Visual Effects Supervisor

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Tim Burke Overall VFX Supervisor
Emma Norton Visual Effects Producer
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

Green Zone
Peter Chiang Visual Effects Supervisor
Charlie Noble Visual Effects Supervisor
Joss Williams Special Effects Supervisor
Matthew Plummer Visual Effects Producer

Robert Grasmere Visual Effects Supervisor
Camille Cellucci Visual Effects Producer
Mark Breakspear Visual Effects Supervisor
Ivan Moran Visual Effects Supervisor

Michael Owens VFX Supervisor
Joel Mendias Executive Producer
Bryan Grill VFX Supervisor
Danielle Plantec CG Supervisor

Black Swan
Dan Schrecker Visual Effects Supervisor
Colleen Bachman Visual Effects Producer
Michael Capton 3D Supervisor
Brad Kalinoski Compositing Supervisor

Robin Hood
Richard Stammers Overall VFX Supervisor
Allen Maris VFX Producer
Jessica Norman Digital Effects Supervisor
Max Wood CG Supervisor


Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Clay Kaytis Supervising Animator
John Kahrs Supervising Animator
Glen Keane Supervising Animator
Roy Conli Producer

How to Train Your Dragon
Simon Otto Head of Character Animation
Craig Ring Visual Effects Supervisor
Bonnie Arnold Produced By

Toy Story 3
Lee Unkrich Director
Darla K. Anderson Producer
Guido Quaroni Supervising Technical Director
Michael Fong Simulation & Effects Supervisor

Shrek Forever After
Jason Reisig Head of Character Animation
Doug Cooper VFX Supervisor
Gina Shay Produced By
Teresa Cheng Produced By

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Zareh Naibandian Producer
Simon Whiteley Production Designer
Eric Leighton Animation Director
Alex Weight Animation Supervisor


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special

Last Day of the Dinosaurs
Arnaud Brisebois Artistic Director
Louis Desrochers VFX Artist
Alain Lachance Visual Effects Producer
Marc-Antoine Rousseau Visual Effects Supervisor

Inside The Perfect Predator
Philip Dobree VFX Supervisor/VFX Producer
Richard Costin Animation TD
Sam Meisels Compositor

The Pacific
John Sullivan Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
David Taritero VFX Producer
William Mesa Visual Effects Supervisor
Marco Requay Digital Visual Effects Supervisor

Prep and Landing: Operation Secret Santa
Dorothy McKim Producer
Kyle Odermatt VFX Supervisor
Andy Harkness Art Director
Adolph Lusinsky Look and Lighting Director

America - Story of US
Philip Dobree VFX Supervisor/VFX Producer
Emile Hardy DMP
Sam Howell Lead Animator


Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader –
Gabriele Zucchelli Animation Supervisor
Catherine Mullan Lead Animator
Benoit Dubuc Lead Animator
Peta Bayley Lead Animator

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Dobby
Mathieu Vig Animator
Ben Lambert Modeller
Laurie Brugger Character Supervisor
Marine Poirson Look Development TD

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - Kitty Galore
William Groebe Animation Supervisor
Brian Mendenhall Animation Lead
Aharon Bourland Computer Graphics Supervisor
Steve Reding Lighting Supervisor

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Kreacher
Laurent Laban Animator
Will Brand Modeller
Matthieu Goutte Rigger
Jason Baker Look Development TD


Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - Digger
Josh Murtack Rigging Supervisor
James Cunliffe Lead Animator
Jessica Groom Character Surfacer
Andrew Hunt Lead Animator

How to Train Your Dragon - Toothless
Gabe Hordos Supervising Animator
Cassidy Curtis Supervising Animator
Mariette Marinus Character Technical Director
Brent Watkins Character Technical Director

Tangled - Rapunzel
Tony Smeed Supervising Animator
Amy Smeed Animator
Becky Bresee Animator
Kira Lehtomaki Animator

Megamind - Minion
David Cross Minion
Rani Naamani Animator
Dick Walsh Character Technical Director
Adrian Tsang Character Technical Director


Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Shrek Forever After
Jeff Budsberg Effects Lead
Andrew Kim Effects Lead
Yancy Lindquist Effects Animator
Can Yuksel Effects Animator

How to Train Your Dragon
Andy Hayes Effects Animator
Laurent Kermel Effects Animator
Jason Mayer Effects Animator
Brett Miller Effects Animator

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Sebastien Quessy FX Lead
Kevin Blom FX Artist
Jerome Escobar FX Artist

Toy Story 3
Jason Johnston Effects Artist
Eric Froemling Effects Artist
David Ryu Effects Artist
JD Northrup Effects Artist


Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Iron Man 2 - Stark Expo
Giles Hancock Digimatte Supervisor
Richard Bluff Digimatte Artist
Todd Vaziri Digital Artist
Aaron McBride VFX Art Director

TRON: Legacy - Disc Game
Jonathan Litt Lighting Supervisor
Juan S. Gomez Lighting Lead
Kevin Sears Environment Lead
Sonja Burchard Compositing Supervisor

Inception - Paris Dreamscape
Bruno Baron Lighting Supervisor
Dan Neal CG Supervisor
Graham Page Compositing Sequence Supervisor
Per Mork-Jensen Compositor

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Sand Room
Alex Rothwell Lead Effects Artist
Chris Zeh Compositing Supervisor
Laurent Hugueniot CG Supervisor
Kevin Jenkins Visual Effects Art Director


Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture

Shutter Island - Ward-C Int./Ext. Lighthouse Int./Ext.
Matthew Gratzner VFX Supervisor
Scott Schneider Model Crew Chief
Adam Gelbart Model Maker
Richard A.F. Ewan Model Painter

Iron Man 2 - Hammer Military Drones
Bruce Holcomb Digital Model Supervisor
Ron Woodall View Paint Supervisor
John Goodson Modeler
John Walker CG Supervisor

The Expendables - The Palace Explodes
Gene Warren Jr. Owner
Christopher Lee
Warren Director of Photography
Gene Warren III Visual Effects Supervisor

Inception - Hospital Fortress Destruction
Ian Hunter VFX Supervisor
Scott Beverly Mechanical FX Supervisor
Forest Fischer Model Crew Chief
Robert Spurlock Special FX Supervisor


Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

TRON: Legacy
Kym Olsen Look Development Compositing Lead
Paul Lambert Compositing Supervisor
Sarahjane Javelo Chase Rotoscope & Paint Lead
Sonja Burchard Compositing Supervisor

Alice In Wonderland - Stolen Tarts
Lisa Deaner Precomp
Orde Stevanoski Compositor
Aaron Kupferman Lighting/comp
Ruben Flores Lighting/comp

Astrid Busser-Casas Compositing Sequence Supervisor
Scott Pritchard Compositing Sequence Supervisor
Jan Maroske Compositing Sequence Supervisor
George Zwier Compositing Sequence Supervisor

Hereafter - Tsunami Sequence
Joseph Farrell Compositing Supervisor
Nick Crew Lead Visual Effects Artist
Jamie Hallett Compositor
Christine Lo Compositor


Max Minghella The Social Network image: Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures.

TRON: Legacy (Douglas Curran / Disney Enterprises)

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1 Comment to Tahar Rahim & Jennifer Lawrence Tops + 'The Last Airbender' Worst Movie: More Film Critics Awards

  1. Donna

    Not sure who the North Texas film Critics are but I loved the Last Airbender and hated Inception. Just glad that the Last Airbender did well at the box office and obviously other movie goers do not care what a bunch of self proclaimed film experts think.