‘Social Network’ rules BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards

Posted by · 2:24 am · January 15th, 2011

I’m sure Kris is having entirely too good a time at the post-awards party to huddle over a computer screen — perhaps he’ll have some insider perspective to add later — so let’s run through a couple of the most salient points for now.

If you need to be told “The Social Network” triumphed in the top categories, well, welcome back from your spiritual retreat in the far reaches of Nepal. I hope you’re well rested. Interesting to see the film’s sway extending to the Best Original Score category, where Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross very coolly upset Hans Zimmer — though “Inception” fans will be pleased to note the film’s impressive haul elsewhere in the techs.

No surprises whatsoever in the acting races, though I’m pleased to see Melissa Leo holding on to her early-season momentum in the supporting actress race; Hailee Steinfeld had to settle for the Best Young Actor prize.

If Leo takes the Golden Globe on Sunday, as most suspect she will, this weekend could set her up nicely for the rest of the season. Either way, this remains by far the most competitive of the major races. It was a good night for the cast of “The Fighter,” with wins for Christian Bale (duh) and the ensemble. Will SAG follow suit in the latter category?

Beyond that, I start running out of things to say. Nice to see some love for “Easy A” in the token Best Comedy category (take note, Hollywood Foreign Press), while the group’s thoroughly populist choices in the Foreign and Documentary races really give the lie to the overly presumptuous title “Critics’ Choice.” Anyway, can’t say I watched the ceremony myself, so fill me in — any highlights along the lines of last year’s Sandra-Meryl smooch?

Check out the full list of winners at The Circuit.

[Photo: BFCA]

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  • 1 1-15-2011 at 5:06 am

    deeks said...

    Just pointing out that Inception is marked out as the winner of Best Score on The Circuit rather than The Social Network.

  • 2 1-15-2011 at 5:13 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Kris handles The Circuit — a simple mistake made in haste, no doubt.

    Just to clarify: The Social Network definitely won Best Original Score.

  • 3 1-15-2011 at 5:55 am

    Daveylow said...

    Kind of boring show though actors’ speeches were good as was David Seidler’s.

    I don’t think the Academy will go for The Social Network for score. I’ve been thinking for a while that Inception might get the cinematography Oscar.

  • 4 1-15-2011 at 6:01 am

    ninja said...

    Inception should win Score (iconic), Editing, Cinematography and all the techs. I`d give it BP, BD too but we all know TSN and Fincher have that in the bag so I`m realistic.

  • 5 1-15-2011 at 6:05 am

    Daveylow said...

    Also Matt Damon’s speech was well done. And some in the audience like Spielberg looked alarmed at Tarantino’s rambling speech. Fincher didn’t show. Maroon 5 was a good choice for music, though was it a step down for them?

    Always sad when directors make an appearance and then the one who wins isn’t there.

  • 6 1-15-2011 at 6:24 am

    red_wine said...

    That picture of Natalie Portman shows that she might still be in character as Nina Sayers.

  • 7 1-15-2011 at 6:56 am

    JJ1 said...

    I thought the show was fine. It definitely lagged in the middle. Loved the speeches from Bale & Leo. Happy, for the most part, with all the choices. I just wish one of these major voting bodies would go for something other than The Social Network to spice things up. Grr. And I wish The Way Back had been more impactful (this season) for Weir to give challenge to Fincher.

  • 8 1-15-2011 at 7:39 am

    DylanS said...

    I thought Melissa Leo was great in “The Fighter”, but that performance is by no means “Oscar Worthy”.

  • 9 1-15-2011 at 7:40 am

    Tom C. said...

    More than anything else, and I know that this is probably not going to pan out, but please let this give rise to the possibility of “Inception” beating out “Alice in Wonderland” for Best Art Direction.

    Most pleased by:
    – all of TSN’s victories.
    – Christian Bale over Geoffrey Rush
    – Melissa Leo over Hailee Steinfeld
    – the above-mentioned Art Direction win for “Inception”

    Most displeased by:
    – All of “Alice in Wonderland’s victories (inevitable as they were)
    – Colin Firth winning (inevitable, as well, but I would have much preferred he won last year instead)
    – “Waiting for Superman” winning (What a crock. Thanks a lot, Oprah. At least 3 better nominees in that category)

  • 10 1-15-2011 at 8:30 am

    kel said...

    i actually preferred BLACK SWAN’s intimate art direction over INCEPTION’s typical showiness

  • 11 1-15-2011 at 9:03 am

    The Dude said...

    On Fincher not showing…could it be because he’s working on “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?” I know that, in the past, other directors have skipped awards shows/dinners to keep working (with a few exceptions, like the DGA ceremony and the Oscars), so maybe he was actually busy? I dunno, just speculation on my part.

    Generally happy with the awards. “The Social Network” is my #1 of the year, so I was happy with it’s haul. And after finally seeing “The Kids Are All Right,” I can say without any hesitation that Portman was better than Bening (imo, of course), and so I’m glad she got this one. I’m not surprised at the tech haul for “Inception,” although I do think it got a few more than it deserved (like kel suggested, I didn’t think the art direction was worthy of a win).

  • 12 1-15-2011 at 9:16 am

    Daveylow said...

    I don’t think Portman was better than anyone in her category. Kidman and Williams were both better than Portman. I haven’t seen Lawrence.

  • 13 1-15-2011 at 9:34 am

    Marshall1 said...

    @DylanS, agreed about Leo’s good performance….but definitely NOT oscar worthy

  • 14 1-15-2011 at 9:54 am

    Ryan Adams said...

    “the group’s thoroughly populist choices in the Foreign and Documentary races really give the lie to the overly presumptuous title ‘Critics’ Choice.’ ”

    I hear it with a Brooklyn accent, “Critics’ Cherce.”

    Or maybe after last night with a Lowell, Mass., “Criddick’s Chuyce”

  • 15 1-15-2011 at 10:19 am

    DylanS said...

    It’s really nothing more than scenery-chewing from a master thesp. So far from being Leo’s best work. Bale’s performance matches hers in showiness but doesn’t deliver the emotional punch of his.

  • 16 1-15-2011 at 10:25 am

    Kevin K. said...

    I didn’t see the show because I was at a play downtown. I made the right choice. In any case, catching up on youtube videos of it now. Bale gave the best speech of the night I thought, always the goofball he is. Seeing him on stage finally being recognized for the immense talent he is was really special. You could tell by the audience reaction to his win that his peers really support him and that bodes well for Oscar chances. If he takes the SAG and the Globes as I predict he will, the Oscar is his I think.

    Quick trivia question, if Bale wins the Oscar, that makes two actors who have played Batman Oscar winners (Christian Bale and George Clooney). Has any other actor who has played a superhero gone on to win an Oscar afterwards? There are some previous winners who played superheroes after winning, but Clooney aside, has anyone ever gone from superhero to Oscar?

  • 17 1-15-2011 at 10:42 am

    Ryan Adams said...

    “has anyone ever gone from superhero to Oscar?”

    Charlton Heston. From Moses to Ben-Hur.

  • 18 1-15-2011 at 11:00 am

    Speaking English said...

    Wow, if Melissa Leo isn’t your definition of “Oscar worthy,” I don’t know what is. That is a knockout performance on par with any of the winners from the last decade.

  • 19 1-15-2011 at 11:44 am

    Andrej said...

    If this serves as an indicator of anything, I guess Inception could follow on the steps of The Aviator, becoming the most awarded movie an Oscar night without winning Best Picture. Entirely likely, but I still think it has some slight chances of winning if it manages a spoiler victory at Original Screenplay.

    However, and putting the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross shocker aside, I wonder if they’ll actually go with Wally Pfister instead of Roger Deakins. I know that critics, guilds and academy are different things, but… who knows.

  • 20 1-15-2011 at 11:46 am

    JJ1 said...

    I’m so torn. Melissa Leo – who I LOVE – “may” be getting an Oscar for a role that’s incredibly fun and showy, but not the best. I like the performance a lot, yet don’t think she’d even make my personal top 5 this year (6th or 7th). But then, that’s happened with tons of Oscar winners before; winning for the wrong performance.

  • 21 1-15-2011 at 11:19 pm

    Pauley said...

    Is there anywhere I can watch the acceptance speeches? Youtube keeps removing them.

  • 22 1-16-2011 at 1:42 am

    Ross said...

    It happened with Avatar last year – it swept the Critics’ Choice technical categories. Do they vote in all categories or simply decide it’s going to be Avatar or Inception and throw awards at it? To me Roger Deakins and Matthew Libatique have a better shot at the Oscar, even though Pfister could steal the ASC Award. But if the fact that Deakins has lost on so many occasions for masterful films is well publicized, he wins.

    The film editing category is tricky: to me Inception simply doesn’t deserve the award. I have some real issues with the editing, but even without them, I think The Social Network will win this in a walk at the Oscars.

    The original score category is interesting: I believe it will be Desplat for the Oscar, but Zimmer is very much in the race.

    I believe INCEPTION will win sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects and could win a fourth Oscar (score or art direction).

    THE KING’S SPEECH will win best actor, best original screenplay, probably original score and costume design, could even take best supporting actor for Rush.

    So this year could be like 2000, when three films had 4 Oscars each.

  • 23 1-16-2011 at 3:48 am

    Glenn said...

    So, is there a list of everyone who is in the BFCA? Because those critics are officially never able to every complain about audiences getting dumber EVER.AGAIN. Not only do they give foreign film to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (a fine film, but hardly the best of 2010) but then – and here’s the real kicker – they don’t even PRESENT IT on the awards show. I know it’s not the critics themselves who made that decision (well, the winner was), but that just stunk of “oh, the plebs who we desperately want to watch our awards show won’t care so let’s not show it.”

    And then they wonder why people don’t see them – not even award shows seem to care at all. At least in all the criticisms that the Academy gets they continue to show every category.

  • 24 1-16-2011 at 6:48 am

    JJ1 said...

    If the Oscars has shown me anything in the last 2 years, it’s that the frontrunners have been winning more Oscars than they should; and I think that’s due to laziness in voting. The lazy factor is increasing with the academy, in my honest opinion. I only WISH it were a year when each top film won 3-4 oscars each.

    Cabaret won 7 or 8 oscars, but not BP. Crouching Tiger won a bunch, but not BP. Traffic one a bunch, but not BP. The Pianist won big ones, but not BP. The Aviator won 5, but not BP.

    Then look at 2008 & 2009, Slumdog and Hurt Locker were critical and award favorites, and they won a SLEW (and not all deserved, imho). I crave for the variance of years past.

    I kind of expect The Social Network to win Pic, Dir, Writing, Editing, and Score, if not more. And that’s because AMPAS has been seeming to do that lately.