THE SOCIAL NETWORK tops DFW Film Critics Picks

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Andrew Garfield, left, and Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mark Zuckerberg in Columbia Pictures' THE SOCIAL NETWORK. PHOTO BY: Merrick Morton


The Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association, of which I must disclose I am a voting member, announced the results of its 17th annual awards today.

The Association’s selection for Best Picture is THE SOCIAL NETWORK, for which director David Fincher also won Best Director. Rounding out the Top Ten: THE KING’S SPEECH, BLACK SWAN, 127 HOURS, WINTER’S BONE, INCEPTION, THE FIGHTER, TRUE GRIT, THE TOWN and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.

In the Best Actor category, James Franco was recognized for his performance as Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, followed by runners-up, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Robert Duvall (Get Low) and Michael Douglas (Solitary Man).

In the Best Actress category, Natalie Portman won for her role as Nina Sayers in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Ms. Portman is followed by Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) and Michele Williams (Blue Valentine).

For Best Supporting Actor, we awarded Christian Bale for his role as boxing legend Dicky Eklund in The Fighter. Runners-up included Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), Jeremy Renner (The Town), Bill Murray (Get Low) and Chris Cooper (The Company Men).

Melissa Leo took Best Supporting Actress for her part as the hard knocks mother of WBU Welterweight boxers Mark Ward and Dicky Eklund, Alice Ward in The Fighter. She is followed by Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Mila Kunis (Black Swan).

David Fincher’s Best Director win is followed by Danny Boyle for 127 Hours, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception) and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

BIUTIFUL was awarded Best Foreign Language Film over THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, MOTHER, LEBANON and I AM LOVE.

WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” took home Best Documentary, besting EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, RESTREPO, THE TILLMAN STORY and MARWENCOL.

In the Best Animated Film category, TOY STORY 3 beat HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was recognized for THE SOCIAL NETWORK, over Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION.

Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle won Best Cinematography for their work on 127 HOURS, followed by Roger Deakins (True Grit) tied with Wally Pfister (Inception).

The association voted WINTER’S BONE as the winner of the Russell Smith Award, named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic. The honor is given annually to the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association consists of 28 broadcast, print and online journalists from throughout North Texas. For more information, visit www.dfwfilmcritics.com.

Cameron and AVATAR Lead Golden Globes

After receiving The Golden Globe for BEST MOTION PICTURE DRAMA for AVATAR, produced by Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox, (L-R) Zoe Saldana, producer Jon Landau, James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA Sunday, January 17, 2010.

After receiving The Golden Globe for BEST MOTION PICTURE DRAMA for AVATAR, produced by Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox, (L-R) Zoe Saldana, producer Jon Landau, James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA Sunday, January 17, 2010.

James Cameron won Best Director for his science-fiction/action film Avatar, which also won Best Motion Picture-Drama, beating other critics’ favorites, Inglourious Basterds, Precious and Up In The Air. Best Motion Picture – Comedy was awarded to Warner Bros. Pictures’ absurdist road-trip, The Hangover.

Disney/Pixar’s animated geriatric adventure Up won Best Animated Feature Film, edging out notable competition including Twentieth-Century Fox’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Best Foreign Language Film was awarded to Sony Pictures Classics’ The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band – Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte).

Other winners in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards:

Sandra Bullock took Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Blind Side.

Jeff Bridges won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Crazy Heart.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical was awarded to Meryl Streep for her uncanny performance as the legendary Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

Robert Downey, Jr., won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for his role as the famed inspector in Sherlock Holmes.

Best Performances by an Actress and Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture were taken by Mo’Nique (Precious) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), respectively.

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner shared the award for Best Screenplay for their coming-of-middle-age comedy/drama, Up In The Air.

The annual Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions in the world of entertainment was given to Martin Scorsese, whose body of work spans three decades.

More information and the full list of this year’s winners can be found at the Official Site of the Golden Globes.