‘Social Network’ wins with D.C. critics

Posted by · 7:40 pm · December 5th, 2010

The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association will officially announce its winners tomorrow (after releasing a list of nominees yesterday), but we’ve got them for you in advance at The Circuit.

David Fincher’s “The Social Network” took the Film/Director/Screenplay trifecta, while Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” was the big winner over all, taking four awards including Best Original Screenplay.

Also notable was Melissa Leo and Christian Bale’s wins in the supporting categories, a one-two punch for “The Fighter” that could well be reflected by the Academy in a couple of months.  Meanwhile, “The Town” has taken its second ensemble award (along with last week’s National Board of Review honor).  Could this all be prelude to a SAG ensemble nod and, eventually, a Best Picture nomination?  I’m thinking yes.

Elsewhere, Colin Firth and Jennifer Lawrence won the lead actor and actress awards, while “Black Swan,” despite racking up seven nominations, did not come away with a single win.

Last year the organization went with Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” for Best Picture, splitting the Best Director off for Kathryn Bigelow.

Check out this year’s full list of winners over at The Circuit.

[Photo: Paramount Pictures]

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  • 1 12-05-2010 at 7:43 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Huh, interesting. Do you think Melissa Leo has a better chance than Amy Adams? It’ll be cool if the film won both Supporting categories, something that hasn’t happened in, 24 years? Is that right? Wow.

  • 2 12-05-2010 at 7:44 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I like Adams better but Leo is showier (and I think over the top, but the line on the performance is that she’s actually holding back and the real character is even more colorful). Paramount, I think, feels they can get her to the winner’s circle, though.

  • 3 12-05-2010 at 8:09 pm

    Amir said...

    the best thing about the winners is Exit Through the Gift Shop.
    Kris do you think it can possibly win at the oscars?
    i haven’t seen inside job yet, but of what i’ve seen so far, i think it’s definitely the worthiest winner.

  • 4 12-05-2010 at 8:10 pm

    Ella said...

    You sure downplayed the Best Actor and Actress wins.

  • 5 12-05-2010 at 8:23 pm

    Pete said...

    I’m A-OKAY with Social Network beating Inception, so long as Inception wins BEST SCORE, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, BEST ART DIRECTION. It more than deserves it in those categories. I only hope the Academy will recognize the greatness in these categories.

  • 6 12-05-2010 at 8:24 pm

    James C said...

    I’m sure Leo is good, but the fact is as Kris(of course he’s seen it) puts it considering her role is most likely showier, it will gain more attention. Nice to see Inception winning quite a few. In retrospect if Burwell isn’t nominated, can anyone seeing Zimmer losing score? Even if the film doesn’t rack up many awards come oscar time I can’t think of anything that would trump this award.

  • 7 12-05-2010 at 8:27 pm

    Pete said...

    If Zimmer loses best score, I will have a heart attack.

  • 8 12-05-2010 at 8:31 pm

    Rob T. said...

    Four wins for Inception?! Actually that’s pretty cool, it is my favorite film of the year so far on mind-twisty sensationalist entertainment value alone, but it’s still way more awards than I expected from any group outside the People’s Choice awards. Most incredible is the original screenplay award, which I would have given to The Kids Are Alright (my second favorite of the year so far).

  • 9 12-05-2010 at 8:33 pm

    Susan said...

    I’m very happy. I’m glad The Social Network won Picture/Director/Adapted Screenplay. I’m also happy to see Inception win Best Original Screenplay. It also did well in the techs. It’s nice to see Inception win Best Cinematography, but I think Deathly Hallows should have won over Inception for Best Art Direction.

  • 10 12-05-2010 at 8:40 pm

    Jim T said...

    My guess is that Bale will win and the supporting actress Oscar will go to either Leo oe Weaver. Leo has the advantage of a recent nomination but maybe they’ll just fall for Weaver’s performance.

    As for the best pic nominations, I think your predictions are perferct except The Way Back. I think either Rabbit Hole or Black Swan will take “its” place.

  • 11 12-05-2010 at 8:44 pm

    Casey Fiore said...

    I, too, preferred Adams’ in The Fighter, which I think was just a tremendously well-acted movie, to Leo’s but only by a bit. Kris, I can tell you this, I grew up in the area between Worcester and Boston Mass and Melissa Leo was spot on. Seriously she was just like my aunt, my grandma, my cousin’s grandma, and a number of neighborhood ladies I know fairly well. To a t. As far as Boston accents go, which seem to be in vogue like nuts for the best 10 years or so, this film was one of the best I’ve ever seen. And Leo’s working class power-mom bravado was perfect.

  • 12 12-05-2010 at 9:12 pm

    Jasper said...

    Jennifer Lawrence’s campaign is picking up some major steam. If she keeps winning these smaller awards, she may just be the Oscar winner.

  • 13 12-05-2010 at 9:22 pm

    BulgingThrobbingShroom said...

    Had the people who suggest Inception should win best Score even listened to it? I mean that seriously, have you given it a spin in the CD player? It’s really not much of a score musically. You may think it’s cool but it’s not really great film score music.

  • 14 12-05-2010 at 9:29 pm

    Rashad said...

    Inception is better than The Social Network.

    LaBeouf deserves an Oscar nomination more than Eisenberg. Nominate both, along with Stiller for Greenberg, Leo for Shutter Island and Kodi McPhee for Let Me In

  • 15 12-05-2010 at 9:32 pm

    Rashad said...

    ” You may think it’s cool but it’s not really great film score music.”

    What is this suppose to mean? It perfectly fit the narrative, and was as much of the film as anything else.

    I hope people just don’t go around overrating Reznor’s score like it was truly great. It’s no Fight Club and it ain’t no Risky Business as Fincher wanted.

  • 16 12-05-2010 at 9:34 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    I just hope this doesn’t foreshadow another Deakins loss at the Oscars. As excellent as Pfister’s work was in “Inception,” come one, it’s Roger fucking Deakins.

  • 17 12-05-2010 at 9:49 pm

    Leone said...

    Thrilled by the ensemble win for the town and hope that it helps get it a little more oscar love. the town and the fighter are definitely my favorite films of the year — just great entertainment both of them.

  • 18 12-05-2010 at 10:08 pm

    BulgingThrobbingShroom said...

    Rashad, I repeat, it may have fit the film but it also could have been better. Also, I’m fairly certain that people that keep talking about this score would not be able to hum it and the very thing they are impressed by is not the score itself so much but it’s loudness and the accompanying sound effects.

    When played at normal volume the score is actually rather primitive and derivitive, which frankly as per ususal with Zimmer.

    I am sorry but it doesn’t take a genius to write Thump, thump, thump noises. And to top it all of I can easily name what I think are better scores of the year.

  • 19 12-05-2010 at 10:10 pm

    BulgingThrobbingShroom said...

    And I’m not the only one who thinks that either:


  • 20 12-06-2010 at 12:28 am

    Kevin K. said...

    I can hum the Inception score. What’s your point? Why so bitter and angry?

  • 21 12-06-2010 at 12:36 am

    Fitz said...

    Okay, point made.

    Anyways, I expect either The Social Network, or Black Swan to make a splash come January for its score.

  • 22 12-06-2010 at 1:18 am

    Jesus said...

    I only want to say i love Inception.

  • 23 12-06-2010 at 4:28 am

    Gioconda said...

    Inception is not that special in my opinion and so is the score. Zimmer’s Sherlock Holmes score is much better and also serves the tone of the movie very well.

  • 24 12-06-2010 at 4:32 am

    Vn said...

    ” You may think it’s cool but it’s not really great film score music.”

    That’s exactly my point. I respect other opinions but it’s hard to believe that someone thinks this is a fine score. The cues are patches, no connected at all. Original samples, no doubt about it, but too short and noisy to be considered music. Anyway, this score lacks of structure and its main theme (i’m talking about the trailer one which Zimmer puts a little hidden between the score) obviously is not his.

    We have better scores for eligibility this year such as Agora, Alice in Wonderland, How to Train your Dragon, etc. But I guess it’s always the same routine every year: Buzz tops quality and Zimmer and Rahman will be nominated, even if just a few can whistle something of these scores…

  • 25 12-06-2010 at 5:34 am

    Graysmith said...

    I do love seeing Exit Through The Gift Shop winning for Documentary. Given how genuinely clever that film is, I’m ready to start a FYC campaign for Banksy. Banksy for Best Director, and I’m not kidding.

    Not a whole lot of surprising choices otherwise.. Inception winning for Art Direction is a bit of an upset, since contemporary movies rarely win for their art direction.

  • 26 12-06-2010 at 6:03 am

    JJ1 said...

    Jennifer Lawrence. Sigh. I guess she is that “one thing” – every year – that I just don’t get. But … I guess she’s happening come February.

    Here’s hoping Kidman can lock one up, Manville can solidify, & Michelle Williams can come up from behind and eclipse. I just didn’t think Lawrence did anything special, while still being completely stellar.

  • 27 12-06-2010 at 6:07 am

    Loyal said...

    It’s likely that Inception will lead all BP nominee with the most nominations (one or two more than True Grit or Social Network if it receives multiple acting noms).

    Inception could also win the most Oscars overall thanks to the tech categories.

    But to win BP, it really needs big wins at PGA, Globes, LAFCA. It’s the film I most want to win BP but second to Toy Story 3, it also has the most difficult route to winning BP.

  • 28 12-06-2010 at 6:15 am

    Chris138 said...

    Anyone else think that song “Time” on the Inception score sounds almost identical to “Journey to the Line” from The Thin Red Line? That was the only thing I could think of during the last scene.

  • 29 12-06-2010 at 6:49 am

    JJ1 said...

    I also believe that Inception will have the most nominations come Oscar time. Winning the big one(s) is another story.

  • 30 12-06-2010 at 8:07 am

    The Dude said...

    Right now, based on what I’ve read on this and other websites, the Best Actress race WAS between Benning and Portman…

    …if Lawrence keeps getting critics awards like this, we may have a three-woman race on our hands (kinda like the year it was between Cotillard, Christie, and Page). I love it when the Oscar race is actually a race rather than a forgone conclusion.

    In other news, happy about TSN (my #1 so far this year), but very surprised about Black Swan.

  • 31 12-06-2010 at 8:09 am

    JJ1 said...

    Yeah, I would agree. While I’m not high on Lawrence … a Bening/Portman/Lawrence/possible Manville/possible Kidman race does sound very interesting. There is no forgone conclusion with that group, at all.

  • 32 12-06-2010 at 8:11 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Hm, yet another Best Actress award eludes Portman…I know an Oscar nomination is certain, but is she going to miss out with the critics or am I jumping to conclusions too early?

  • 33 12-06-2010 at 10:10 am

    mark said...

    I don’t get the jennifer lawrence love.

  • 34 12-06-2010 at 3:06 pm

    gary said...

    Last year Sandra Bullock didn’t win a single critics award and yet she won the Oscar. The year before Sally Hawkins won every single one of the critics awards and didn’t even get an Oscar nomination. We won’t have a handle on the Oscar frontrunners until the SAG awards on January 30. Everybody should just chill.