//Washington D.C. Film Critics Awards 2010

Washington D.C. Film Critics Awards 2010

The Social Network has jumped out into the lead in the precursor race with another major victory today from the Washington D.C. Film Critics Awards. David Fincher’s awards favorite film took home Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Screenplay with the first major critics group announcing their annual winners. This is the second big victory for The Social Network after it nearly swept the National Board of Review Awards last week.

The question now remains whether or not The Social Network is in for a long string of awards leading up to an eventual Oscar win or if it is peaking too early and destined to be overtaken. There are two films that have had similar trajectories to The Social Network at this point in the year and they ended in two very different results – Up in the Air and No Country for Old Men.

In 2009 Up in the Air looked like a strong frontrunner heading into precursor season and it started off by winning Best Feature in both the National Board of Review Awards and the Washington D.C. Film Critics Awards. However, it’s dominance soon began to falter as The Hurt Locker and Avatar surged ahead and ended up splitting most of the rest of last year’s awards. In 2007 No Country for Old Men followed the same path by winning the National Board of Review and D.C. Film Critics Awards. As we all know, that film managed to hang on throughout precursor season and eventually win Best Picture.

So is The Social Network an Up in the Air or a No Country for Old Men? My instinct is telling me it is more likely to follow No Country for Old Men‘s trajectory. Last year Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director prize from the Washington critics and by that point we were all beginning to suspect that The Hurt Locker was soon to overtake Up in the Air. Right now the early rumblings seem to indicate that everything is leaning towards The Social Network and it is probably too early for another film to sneak up and take its spot.

The other big winners were Inception, which actually won more awards than The Social Network by sweeping the technical categories, and The Fighter, which took home both Supporting awards. See the complete list of winners below.

Washington D.C. Film Critics
Award Winners 2010

Best Film
The Social Network

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
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay
Inception

Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 3

Best Documentary
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful

Best Art Direction
Inception

Best Cinematography
Inception

Best Score
Inception

Best Acting Ensemble
The Town

View the Full List of 2010 Precursor Awards

[Source: In Contention]

Alex started Film Misery in early 2009 after living the site’s title for many years. His film obsession began in high school when he and his friends would see all of the Oscar Best Picture nominees and try to make predictions...Full Bio.