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“The Social Network” Tops DC Critics Awards

"The Social Network" Tops DC Critics Awards

David Fincher’s “The Social Network” led the winners the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association’s annual awards, which were announced today. The film took wins for best film, best director and best adapted screenplay. Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” also did quite well, actually taking home the most wins – for cinematography, art direction, score, and original screenplay.

“The King’s Speech”‘s Colin Firth, “Winter’s Bone”‘s Jennifer Lawrence, and “The Fighter”‘s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took home acting honors, while “The Town” was named best acting ensemble.

The complete list of nominees is below, the winners listed in bold.

Best Film:
Black Swan
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3

Best Director:
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
Danny Boyle (127 Hours)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)

Best Actor:
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
Robert Duvall (Get Low)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)

Best Actress:
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs)
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)
Sam Rockwell (Conviction)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Best Acting Ensemble:
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
The Town

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours)
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini (Winter’s Bone)

Best Original Screenplay:
Mike Leigh (Another Year)
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin (Black Swan)
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right)
David Seidler (The King’s Speech)

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

Best Documentary:
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
The Tillman Story
Waiting for ‘Superman’

Best Foreign Language Film:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I Am Love
White Material

Best Art Direction:
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
True Grit

Best Cinematography:
Black Swan
127 Hours
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Score:
Black Swan
127 Hours
The Social Network
True Grit

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Interesting results. For some reason, I’m thinking “The Silence Of The Lambs.” Mistakes were made. Think Leonard Peltier. Then, ask yourself, “Why the awards?”
In the “real” world, life did not imitate art. Clarice died in the basement, the good Doctor killed himself, and Buffalo Bill took the show on the road. The reason Clarice died in the basement is Buffalo Bill “skinned his humps,” but he did not play with his food. The Doctor, who did play with his food, committed suicide, because he did not know what love was, but believed he loved Clarice, and saw Miggs in himself. The FBI, well, they still need to get it right, don’t they?

I found it funny that no one in Toy Story 3 demanded that Disney “Free Uncle Remus.” Probably had something to do with Buzz and the Latin lover. Some things never change. “Despicable Me” shows us how love works, through stories, to change the world by understanding it. Who would have guessed? Probably not Barbie. Or Ken.

Network Social Analysis might have predicted all the results above, but the paper I saw, from MIT, based on IMDB, is outdated. I imagine none of the kids at MIT, or Rice, or any other school, could figure out a way to, you know, make it possible to understand what is happening here. I mean, I talk to Rihanna, a couple times, and she can’t even remember her name. I’m not sure saying that “Loud” helps, but it could not hurt, unless you need it to. (Sup, Ke$ha?)

It would be wonderful if others loved Ree Dolly, and Margo, as much as my wife, Miranda, and I do.

Joy to you, Rose.

A WAFCA member

Amen to that Tom!


Speaking of ‘Rabbit Hole’, I’ve rarely seen a film that defines “Oscar pandering” more fully.

A WAFCA member

Oh, and our list is “Oscar-pandering” because we didn’t nominate the Oscar-buzzed Manville and Oscar-winner Weist, who will likely get nominated again this year?

A WAFCA member

“Another Year‘s” Lesley Manville was a strong contender but the studio vacillated between whether she was a Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor and I fear that confused some voters and hamstrung her chances.

The Weinstein Company did not provide a screening/screeners of “Blue Valentine” so there was no way for it to make any category.

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