Film Critics

'The Social Network' Tops the 2010 Los Angeles Film Critics Awards As Well

Supporting awards lead the first half of announcements

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their awards for 2010 today and in doing so continue the trend of naming David Fincher's The Social Network as the best film of the year. The film also took home Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).

However, instead of winning director outright, David Fincher shares those honors with Carlos helmer Olivier Assayas. Additionally, the film tied for best score with Alexandre Despalt's score for Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer. So it wasn't total domination, but Fincher's film did come away with the most awards.

At Best Actor, Oscar front-runner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) takes those honors with Carlos star Edgar Ramirez taking runner-up rather than the likes of Jesse Eisenbeg (The Social Network) or James Franco (127 Hours), the two actors most likely competing with Firth for Oscar's Best Actor.

Best Supporting Actor surprised me a little, but not by the win for the highly deserving Niels Arestrup (A Prophet) -- though he won't be considered by the Academy due to the film being ineligible -- but by the fact Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech) beat out Christian Bale (The Fighter) as runner-up. Bale's performance is above and beyond what Rush, in an admittedly impressive performance, did in The King's Speech. I still see Bale as the Oscar front-runner, but this does add a bit of a question mark to the equation.

Best Actress, like Best Supporting Actor, went to one of last year's foreign contenders. Kim Hye-ja took the prize for her performance in Mother with Jennifer Lawrence's Winter's Bone performance taking runner-up kudos. This is a big boost for Lawrence whom has always been in the conversation, but the top of the heap seems to have belonged to either Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right) and/or Natalie Portman (Black Swan) the last few months.

Next, Jacki Weaver's win for Animal Kingdom proves the Aussie actress is a growing force on the awards trail after her win with the National Board of Review. Is it enough to move to the top of the Oscar predictions pack? We'll see how the rest of the week shapes out.

Elsewhere, Carlos was named Best Foreign Language film ahead of Mother and Toy Story 3 took Best Animated honros over The Illusionist

I have included the complete list of winners directly below and be sure to check out my "Oscar Overture" section to see how things are stacking up to this point with awards from critics groups as well as the schedule for all the guild awards.

Best Picture

  • The Social Network
    Runner-up: Carlos

Best Actor

  • Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
    Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez (Carlos)

Best Actress

  • Kim Hye-ja (Mother)
    Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
    Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
    Runner-up: Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer

Best Director

  • Olivier Assayas (Carlos) and David Fincher (The Social Network) (tie)

Best Screenplay

  • The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
    Runner-up: The King's Speech (David Seidler)

Best Cinematography

  • Black Swan (Matthew Libatique)
    Runner-up: True Grit (Roger Deakins)

New Generation Award

  • Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture)

Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film

  • Last Train Home (dir. Lixin Fan)
    Runner-up: Exit Through The Gift Shop (dir. Banksy)

Best Foreign-Language Film

  • Carlos
    Runner-up: Mother

Best Animated Film

  • Toy Story 3
    Runner-up: The Illusionist

Best Music/Score

  • The Ghost Writer (Alexandre Desplat) and The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) (tie)

Best Production Design

  • Inception (Guy Hendrix Dyas)
    Runner-up: The King's Speech (Eve Stewart)

Douglas E. Edwards Award for Independent/Experimental Film/Video

  • Film Socialism

Legacy of Cinema Awards

  • Serge Bromberg (Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno)
  • The F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of Metropolis

Career Achievement

  • Paul Mazursky
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  • Adriano

    Finally some love for Olivia Williams! She was superb in The Ghost Writer, a movie full of good performances. Her Lady Macbeth-ish character was delightful to see.

    • Drew

      Agreed

    • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

      I agree. Also happy they gave Desplat some recognition, his main theme for The Ghost Writer is one of the best pieces of music from last year. The rest of the score is also excellent.

    • Kevin Blumeyer

      I love both their Supporting Actress choices.

    • m1

      Yes. She gave the best performance of the entire film. I loved Brosnan, McGregor, and Cattrall too.

  • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

    And Exit Through the Gift Shop really should get every single Best Documentary award there is.

  • Adriano

    Wow! So nice to see Mother's Kim Hye-ja winning an award! She's superb.

  • Colin

    Last time I can remember a film getting this many early prizes and failing to win best picture was back in 98 when LA Confidential swept everything but lost to Titanic. A global phenomenon that TSN doesn't have to compete with this year. It seems at this point there's little stopping this facebook movie.

  • Chris138

    Jeez, they awarded a lot more foreign films than I thought they would. I'll be interested to see what the NY critics do tomorrow for their awards.

    • carrie

      NYFC0 awards yet are out:it 's the usual suspects who won(TSN,Fincher,Portman,Bale,Leo),one surprise Franco

      • Kevin

        The list you name are from the ONLINE voting for N.Y. Film Critcs. The actual winners voted by N.Y. Film Critics were The Social Network, David Fincher, Annette Bening, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo.

  • carrie

    as french woman,i'm very proud but a few sceptical because in France, "Carlos" was a Canal + TV movie(with several parts)and "a prophet" was in Oscar 2010 foreign pictures(i know it releases here in 2010)

  • http://fortheloveofmovies.wordpress.com Abe M

    With this and the Boston awards, I think I should really find some time to see the social network. Same goes for Carlos. Interesting to See Niels Arestrop for best supporting actor, definitely a deserving choice.

  • Kevin Blumeyer

    How does a film qualify as a "foreign language film?" I saw it just last week and it seemed the majority of it was in English.

    • Kevin Blumeyer

      Speaking of Carlos of course.

  • Sheldon Lofsky

    In your listing for the awards why do you only show the winner and runner-up? It would be interesting to see all of the nominations in each category. Just a thought.