Paramount had a good night at the Broadcast Film Critics Associations’s Critic’s Choice Awards Friday night, winning three prizes for The Fighter, including best ensemble, supporting actress (Melissa Leo) and supporting actor (Christian Bale), a young actress award for Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit and doc prize for Waiting for Superman.
But as the dinner party went on, Warner Bros. started scoring wins for Inception, a total of six (including cinematography, art direction, visual effects, editing, and sound) and Sony’s The Social Network scored the biggies: best picture, director (David Fincher) and adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). The King’s Speech won two, for original screenplay (David Seidler) and best actor (Colin Firth). And glowingly pregnant Natalie Portman won best actress for Black Swan. The show marked the launch of the party-packed Golden Globes weekend, with an after-party competing with Mike Medavoy’s big bash Friday night.
After Steinfeld won the young star award, Elle Fanning made her way over to the True Grit table to greet Matt Damon, in a grey suit, who was given the Joel Siegel humanitarian award, presented by his Adjustment Bureau co-star Emily Blunt and a hilariously skeptical Jimmy Kimmel. When long-maned Bale accepted for supporting actor, he thanked Dicky Ecklund and his mom Alice, who came back from near death earlier this week, “a tough cookie,” and the town of Lowell for letting them film there. Melissa Leo was visibly moved as she talked about her career blossoming in the decade since she turned 40.
When a very tan Aaron Sorkin accepted best adapted screenplay for The Social Network, he recalled that seven years ago Tuesday Mark Zuckerberg registered the Facebook domain name. “Rooney Mara’s character was wrong,” he said, addressing Zuckerberg. “You grew up to be a leader and altruist to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.”
When David Seidler won original screenplay he said, “When you’ve been a stutterer, and could not speak, it’s wonderful to be heard.” Firth, when accepting, spoke of actors’ “infantile” need for attention, enjoying this win before it was open season again, and of how difficult Seidler’s script made it for him to speak.
Back on the floor, Sorkin congratulated Seidler. Ben Affleck went over to Damon. Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton went over to congratulate Leo. Music + Fiilm award-winner Quentin Tarantino talked to Russell and Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh. Supporting actor contenders Jeremy Renner and Sam Rockwell kept hugging each other. Best song winner A.R. Rahman (127 Hours) came over to whisper in John Legend’s ear (I was sitting at the Waiting for Superman table, between the True Grit and The Fighter groups). When Toy Story 3 won, Damon and Bridges looked at each other and agreed that they wanted to see the movie. Between presentations on the Palladium’s main floor, the white circular tables erupted with intense hobnobbing until the announcer would boom, “Clear the aisles! Back to your seats! The show goes on in ten seconds!” It was like a game of frenetic music chairs.
Waiting for Superman‘s Davis Guggenheim had attended the awards show four years ago, when he won for Inconvenient Truth. “It’s come a long way.” he said.
The Social Network
Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech”
Natalie Portman – “Black Swan”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale – “The Fighter”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Leo – “The Fighter”
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld – “True Grit”
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
David Fincher, The Social Network
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The King’s Speech
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Social Network
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 3
BEST ACTION MOVIE
BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Waiting for “Superman”
“If I Rise” – performed by Dido and A.R. Rahman/music by A.R. Rahman/lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong – 127 Hours
“The Social Network” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
BEST ART DIRECTION
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS