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by Peter Knegt
December 2, 2010 8:25 AM
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"Social Network" Sweeps National Board of Review Awards

A scene from David Fincher's "The Social Network."

David Fincher's "The Social Network" has swept this year's National Board of Review awards, taking prizes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and best actor (Jesse Eisenberg).

NBR - a non-profit organization made up of 110 film enthusiasts, academics, professionals, and students - also lent their support toward "Another Year"'s Lesley Manville for best actress, "The Fighter"'s Christian Bale for best supporting actor, and "Animal Kingdom"'s Jacki Weaver for best supporting actress. "Toy Story 3" expectedly won best animated film, "Of Gods and Men" took best foreign language film, and "Waiting For 'Superman'" won best documentary. In perhaps the biggest surprise of the announcement, Chris Sparling won best original screenplay for "Buried," topping "The King's Speech," "Inception," "Another Year" and "The Kids Are All Right," among others.

The other big surprises came with what wasn't included. Namely, Fox Searchlight's entire slate, save for a "NBR Freedom of Expression" award for "Conviction." Searchlight's favored "127 Hours" and "Black Swan" in particular were not recognized anywhere, including in the NBR's top eleven films of the year, or in the "Top Ten Independent Films" list. Meanwhile, Focus' "The Kids Are All Right," Lionsgate's "Rabbit Hole," and The Weinstein's "Blue Valentine" were also absent from both those lists, and in any other category. Combined, the absence of these four films are likely to cause outrage in the Oscar blogosphere.

On a more celebratory note, indieWIRE network blogger Leonard Maltin was honored with the William K. Everson Film History Award.

Last year,"Up In The Air" topped the awards, while Carey Mulligan, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, and Woody Harrelson all won acting honors. None ended up winning an Oscar, but all of them were nominated. In the two years before that, the winner of the NBR's best picture award has gone on to win the top Academy Award. .

Full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film: The Social Network

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Foreign Film: Of Gods and Men

Best Documentary: Waiting For "Superman"

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Best Ensemble Cast: The Town

Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo

Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparling, Buried

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Sofia Coppola, for for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere

William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin

NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game, Conviction, Howl

Top Eleven Films (In alphabetical order):
Another Year
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order):
Animal Kingdom
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Let Me In
Please Give
Youth in Revolt

Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
I Am Love
Life, Above All
Of Gods And Men
Soul Kitchen
White Material

Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order):
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Waiting For "Superman"

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  • Coop | December 3, 2010 1:25 AMReply

    No Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, or Blue Valentine. What a joke! Does anyone on this board actually prefer Hereafter to any of those films?

  • Guest | December 3, 2010 12:59 AMReply

    The Tempest is a hot mess of a film, unfortunately. It will be lucky to win anything.

  • Guest | December 2, 2010 11:36 AMReply

    And what about "The Social Leak" (the parody) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6zEz8wPlIQ

  • GaryR | December 2, 2010 9:57 AMReply

    I'm glad Indiewire is "exposing" the NBR's idiocy in naming a top "eleven"-- now for the third year I believe. But the list/choices themselves seem reasonable [THE SOCIAL NETWORK is, after all, one of the most well-received films of the year]. Enough though with the EVERY SINGLE year Clint Eastwood movie appearing on their best-of. The only surprise for me... since word-of-mouth on BLACK SWAN of those who have seen it is so strong... I was pretty surprised it wasn't there (at all).

  • CharlieG | December 2, 2010 8:46 AMReply

    Go Lesley Manville and Jacki Weaver! That is awesome. Otherwise, these awards are kinda lame.

  • Chris | December 2, 2010 8:44 AMReply

    Where is 127 Hours and Black Swan? Huge omission.

  • anna | December 2, 2010 8:42 AMReply

    they officialy hate foxsearchlight..

  • Larry | December 2, 2010 8:42 AMReply

    Shocked that Colin Firth didn't get Best Actor. Disappointed that Waiting for "Superman" won. It's full of lies and teacher-bashing and union-bashing.

  • Dave | December 2, 2010 8:38 AMReply

    The Town clearly has a better ensemble than The Social Network or The King's Speech.
    What bullshit.

  • Dave | December 2, 2010 8:36 AMReply

    Black Swan and 127 Hours completely snubbed.
    I'm not surprised, why?

    The NBR sucks.

  • Will | December 2, 2010 8:35 AMReply

    YES! on Jacki Weaver! One of the absolute finest performances I've seen this year. Hopefully, it will lead to a deserved Oscar nomination and that will lead to a deserved win.

  • Chris | December 2, 2010 8:31 AMReply

    Jackie Weaver and Leslie Manville! What bold choices. Wow!

  • Chris | December 2, 2010 8:27 AMReply

    Jesse Eisenberg. What a lame choice.

  • Dave | December 2, 2010 8:22 AMReply

    Jesse Eisenberg for TSN? Really?

  • JRod | December 2, 2010 8:22 AMReply

    Jesse Eisenberg? I didn't see that one coming.

  • Josh | December 2, 2010 8:21 AMReply

    Go Bale! Get the Oscar!

  • Franco Phile | December 2, 2010 8:19 AMReply

    From Deadline:

    The Social Network won Best Film, Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg. Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for Paramount/Relativity's The Fighter.

  • Sexypassif23 | December 2, 2010 8:18 AMReply

    UPDATE: The National Board Of Review kicks off the critics' awards with their announcement today. According to Sony Pictures and other sources, The Social Network won Best Film, Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg. Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for Paramount/Relativity's The Fighter.

  • JRod | December 2, 2010 8:18 AMReply

    Toy Story 3 winning Best Picture at the Oscars? Isn't that a little wishful thinking.

  • Mario | December 2, 2010 8:16 AMReply

    I still think Toy Story 3 has a chance to win Best Picture at the Oscars. It'd be the first animated film to win the award and the Academy loves historical moments! Think Lord of the Rings . . .

  • Sexypassif23 | December 2, 2010 8:16 AMReply


    Go Portman!!!

  • Chris | December 2, 2010 8:15 AMReply


    I was referring to The Social Network. But Toy Story 3 can join that list too.

  • JRod | December 2, 2010 8:15 AMReply

    The Social Network is a great film.

  • Joseph | December 2, 2010 8:13 AMReply


    You mean Toy Story 3 did win after all?

  • Chris | December 2, 2010 8:11 AMReply

    The most over-rated film of the year won the top award.

  • Sexypassif23 | December 2, 2010 8:09 AMReply

    Well... I like The social network, but it's a forgetable movie.

  • Josh | December 2, 2010 8:09 AMReply

    TSN is such an obvious choice for the NBR. It was my prediction weeks ago.

  • Keil Shults | December 2, 2010 8:04 AMReply

    Um, I can. The Social Network is easily superior to TS3, which I also love, but found doesn't hold up as well upon repeat viewings.

  • tam | December 2, 2010 8:03 AMReply

    It's time. I want know the winners.

  • Travis | December 2, 2010 8:02 AMReply

    Can't believe The Social Network beat Toy Story 3!

  • Deadline Hollywood | December 2, 2010 8:01 AMReply

    According to a Sony Source, The Social Network has won the Best Picture award.

  • Awardcontenders | December 2, 2010 8:01 AMReply

    Very excited to kick off the awards season!!

  • Putamerda | December 2, 2010 8:00 AMReply

    oh my god! When it will be announced? I'm nervous...

  • hopeless pedant | December 2, 2010 7:59 AMReply

    Nikki Finke says indeed it is The Social Network (which is of course the strong favorite to win NY/LA/NS in upcoming weeks).

  • andrea | December 2, 2010 7:56 AMReply

    So what's your point Rob? The Oscars named Sandra Bullock Best Actress last year for The Blind Side.

    Many groups make bad choices. Not sure why I am supposed to condemn NBR anymore than the others

  • Rob | December 2, 2010 7:50 AMReply

    Just because I'm curious doesn't mean I place any stock in them. The body as a whole as a joke, they're just mildly interesting to see which ways the buzz winds are blowing. Remember last year when they awarded Eastwood Best Director, Morgan Freeman Best Actor (in a tie), and "It's Complicated" Best Ensemble? Yeah.

  • Rob | December 2, 2010 7:46 AMReply

    Toy Story 3 is the most deserving film of 2010! It'll never win Best Picture but it should . . .

  • Sketchbook | December 2, 2010 7:35 AMReply

    Best pic award went to"Social" - why izznt this here?

  • Lou | December 2, 2010 7:22 AMReply

    To the commenters complaining about the uselessness of these awards: You do realize that you are on a webpage titled "National Board of Review Announcing 2010 Awards", right?

    Something tells me more than chance brought you here.

  • Marya | December 2, 2010 7:22 AMReply

    this wait is KILLING ME.

    also, why would you bother to comment on this post if you don't care about the NBR's choices? Find a better way to waste your damn time.

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  • Chris | December 2, 2010 7:15 AMReply

    Someone on twitter said 127 Hours won Best Picture. I hope it true because I loved the film but I hardly believe it.

  • Sketchbook | December 2, 2010 7:13 AMReply

    Who the hell cares? A bunch of idiots wearing trusses...

  • Scott | December 2, 2010 7:09 AMReply

    Does anyone have the live feed link?

  • Joey | December 2, 2010 7:07 AMReply

    Hello! It's the official kickoff to the awards season. That's why I am excited at least.

  • Tom Brueggemann | December 2, 2010 7:07 AMReply

    The Tenpest is not being released this year.

    This group is indeed a jokel it doesn't matter how good their choices are, they have a dubious recent history and basically award widely so they can sell as many tables as possible.

  • Rafaela | December 2, 2010 7:05 AMReply

    I wannna watch the live feed! Can you share the link? :)

  • Keil Shults | December 2, 2010 7:01 AMReply

    I'm watching a live feed as we speak. Trash Humpers leads the pack with 3 wins, including Best Picture.

  • Lou | December 2, 2010 6:53 AMReply

    This may be a good litmus test to see if The Tempest will or will not be a contender in any fashion this season.

    Personally, I'm predicting a possible Top Eleven entry, perhaps Mirren for the win, and the potential to snag a tech award. It won't get all of these things, mind you, but one of the categories isn't out of the question.

  • Brandon | December 2, 2010 6:41 AMReply

    They made great choices last year I completely disagree with you.

  • Rob | December 2, 2010 6:35 AMReply

    Waiting anxiously? Seriously? It's the fucking NBR. It should be a morbid curiosity, at best.

  • Edward Marcel | December 2, 2010 6:24 AMReply

    Let's Go Toy Story 3!

  • Brandon | December 2, 2010 6:18 AMReply

    Seriously! I'm waiting anxiously!

  • Lou | December 2, 2010 6:15 AMReply

    Also curious about when this is to start. Forwarded here from Awards Daily. Thanks, Sasha!

  • Pete | December 2, 2010 6:07 AMReply

    When are they supposed to start announcing?