By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 17, 2011 at 12:27AM
The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has voted 'The Social Network' the best film of 2010 i their inaugural awards. The organization - dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the film industry in U.S. and World Cinema - also has awarded best director to Darren Aronofsky ('Black Swan'), best actress to Natalie Portman ('Black Swan') and best actor in a tie between Colin Firth ('The King's Speech') and James Franco ('127 Hours').
Full list of winners below. Check out a list of all the announced awards so far this year here.
Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
Best Actor: Colin Firth - The King's Speech (tie) James Franco - 127 Hours
Best Actress: Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale - The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Best Independent Film: Night Catches Us
Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan - Inception
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network
Best Documentary: Waiting For Superman
Best Foreign Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Best Ensemble: The Social Network
BFFC Signature Awards include:
Pioneer - Haile Gerima - As the independent producer, director, writer of "Teza", Gerima has been recognized for sustaining African Diaspora culture and empowering disenfranchised populations through his highly artistic and provocative work. His commitment to speaking truth to power is depicted in a body of work from the seventies up to his ground-breaking film Sankofa of the nineties. Gerima is a visionary with an eye for promoting black culture in film in a positive and historical light.
Breakout Performance -Jaden Smith - Jaden is a rising star who is recognized for his excellent performance in the summer blockbuster remake "The Karate Kid." With an unmistakable charisma and charm, an acting ability beyond his years, and commitment and dedication to the role, Smith was a scene stealer. There is no doubt that Smith has a bright future ahead of him.
Special Mention -Gareth Edwards - With his SF film "Monsters", Edwards took an original and organic approach to cinema bringing the industry back to its roots of visual storytelling. Edwards' creativity defies the trend of contrived narratives and reliance on big budgets and gimmicks and instead gives the audience rich stories and memorable characters. "Monsters" is a great look at how Sci-Fi is done right (human stories, not creature-features) by a Director who understands that less is more, with good visual effects employed economically to enhance the film - not define it.