National Board of Review Goes for ‘Social Network’

I’ve always enjoyed the National Board of Review awards. They kick off the season for me, I like their taste, and I like that they pick a top ten to go with the usual assortment of honors. As is typical for this group, they have chosen a good mix of the expected and the alarming. The Social Network got head-over-heels endorsements today winning not only the expected Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, but also Best Actor and Best Picture, two awards that might have gone to The King’s Speech. Most alarming though is Best Original Screenplay, which went to Buried. Also, Leslie Manville won Best Actress for Another Year. Perhaps this is the final shout-out for Mike Leigh’s dying buzz. Or this is a turn-around for the film. With no mention of The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, or 127 Hours, this years awards are sure to disappoint many.

I am pleased with their choices, and once again, this ceremony gets me in an awards kind of mood. While many may have thought that an early October release would severely hurt The Social Network, this week seems to disprove that. The buzz for Fincher’s latest film appears to be unflinchingly consistent. In fact, this week appears to have upped the film’s game. This its second citation following Sight and Sound magazine labelling it the year’s best. These may not be strong Oscar pushes, but the film seems to be on fire right now. But I still have faith in The King’s Speech. We shall have to wait and see.

National Board of Review
Awards 2010

Best Film
The Social Network

Best Director
David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actor
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress
Lesley Manville, Another Year

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Foreign Language Film
Of Gods and Men

Best Documentary
Waiting for “Superman”

Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 3

Best Ensemble Cast
The Town

Breakthrough Performance
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Debut Directors
Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo

Spotlight Award
Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati, The Illusionist

Best Original Screenplay
Chris Sparling, Buried

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award
Sofia Coppola for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere

William K. Everson Film History Award
Leonard Maltin

NBR Freedom of Expression
Fair Game, Conviction, Howl

Production Design Award
Dante Ferretti, Shutter Island

Ten Best Films (in alphabetical order)
Another Year
The Fighter
Hereafter
Inception
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone


Five Best Foreign-Language Films
(in alphabetical order)
I Am Love
Incendies
Life, Above All
Soul Kitchen
White Material


Five Best Documentaries
(in alphabetical order)
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Restrepo
The Tillman Story


Top Ten Independent Films
(in alphabetical order)
Animal Kingdom
Buried
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Greenberg
Let Me In
Monsters
Please Give
Somewhere
Youth in Revolt

[Source: Deadline]

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  • Quinn

    Pretty good! SOOO happy for “The Town”! I don’t really think it will get nominated for Best Picture, but I really hope it does. And I’m really surprised about 127 Hours, THe Kids Are Alright, and Black Swan
    Hey, you know what else came out today? The Grammy nominations -_- They’re so awful.

  • Brandon Cooley

    Leonard Maltin is a terrible critic. If buy one of his review books you’ll be disappointed.

  • Bobby

    keep the awards coming for bale and eisenberg!

  • @Brandon – He’s a better film historian than film critic.

    I’ve seen 6 of the top ten films and the choices weren’t too bad. ‘Hereafter’, ‘The Town’, and ‘Shutter Island’ don’t belong in any top 10, in my opinion, but they are all big studio films, so it doesn’t surprise me that they got some attention.

    I also think that it’s strange that ‘Waiting for “Superman”‘ was named Best Documentary, but is apparently not considered one of the year’s 5 best documentaries. Same thing with “Of Gods and Men” for Foreign Film.

  • Vince

    I just saw Animal Kingdom today and I have to say that the award to Jacki Weaver is incredibly deserved. Here’s to hoping the buzz continues onto Oscar night

  • @Alex I think that’s just the way the NBR works. Notice they have The Social Network for winner, but not in the top 10. I am guessing they did the same with documentary and foreign film.

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