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At the Critics’ Choice Awards: Winners Are Social Network, Inception, Firth, Portman, Leo, Bale

At the Critics' Choice Awards: Winners Are Social Network, Inception, Firth, Portman, Leo, Bale

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.

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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.

BEST PICTURE
The Social Network

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech”

BEST ACTRESS
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
The Fighter

BEST DIRECTOR
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
Inception

BEST COMEDY
Easy A

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
The Pacific

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Waiting for “Superman”

BEST SONG
“If I Rise” – performed by Dido and A.R. Rahman/music by A.R. Rahman/lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong – 127 Hours

BEST SCORE
“The Social Network” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Inception

BEST ART DIRECTION
Inception

BEST EDITING
Inception

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland

BEST MAKEUP
Alice in Wonderland

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Inception

BEST SOUND
Inception

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Comments

DarkLayers

I agree that The Social Network is the clearest victor of the night, but Merriam-Webster defines couple this way:
a : two persons married, engaged, or otherwise romantically paired b : two persons paired together
2: pair, brace
3: something that joins or links two things together: as a : two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines b : a pair of substances that in contact with an electrolyte participate in a transfer of electrons which causes an electric current to flow
4: an indefinite small number : few
— cou·ple·dom -dəm noun

5 is not an indefinite small number, especially because some of these categories weren’t clear cut: Editing and Cinematography are considered competetive. Kris Tapley was estimating around 4 on incontention, and said even that sounded high. (This doesn’t wash away the issues, because Avatar did something similar and got 3).

The headline: “At the Critic’s Choice Awards: Winners Are Social Network, Inception, Firth, Portman, Leo, Bale,” isn’t unreasonable. Moreover, Anne noted clearly that Sony got “the biggies.”

Anonymous

Yeah, but Inception did not win the top ones, thank god. It got Best Action movie and a couple of tech nods.
But the headline is false advertisement. It should have been something like this “Inception sweeps techs and wins Best Action film”
The real top winner is The Social Network, we all know that.

Brandi

Commenter above: Inception won 6 critic’s choice awards. I’d say that makes it a big winner. Tech awards aren’t pieces of trash to be thrown away later.

Anonymous

Inception is not the big winner. It just won a whole bunch a tech awards and the BEST ACTION MOVIE.
The headline of this article is sort of misleading.
Inception is not the big winner.
The Social Network is

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