L.A. Film Critics Assn. Names 'Social Network' Best Picture
The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has joined the growing chorus of support for The Social Network by naming it best picture of the year. The critics group, which met Sunday, also gave an award to the film's screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.
LAFCA handed a directing nod to Network's David Fincher, only in that case the award ended in a tie, with the prize also going to Olivier Assayas for Carlos, his portrait of international terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez, which was the runner-up in the best picture category. [Related: Social Network named best picture by the N.Y. Films Critics Online and the Boston Society of Film Critics.]
Colin Firth took best actor honors for his tongue-tied monarch in The King's Speech. (Carlos' Edgar Ramirez was the runner-up.) Kim Hye-ja claimed best actress for her portrayal of a mother looking for her son's killer in Mother, with Winter Bone's Jennifer Lawrence named runner-up.
Jacki Weaver of the Australian crime tale Animal Kingdom was named best supporting actress and Niels Arestrup of the French prison drama A Prophet was chosen best supporting actor by the critics group.
Carlos did prevail as best foreign film, while Toy Story 3 was chosen best animated feature and Lixin Fan's Last Train Home was singled out as best documentary.
A complete list of winners follows.
PICTURE: The Social Network
DIRECTOR: Olivier Assayas, Carlos, and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie)
ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
ACTRESS: Kim Hye-ja, Mother
Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
MUSIC/SCORE: Alexandre Desplat, The Ghost Writer, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network (tie)
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Inception
Runner-up: Eve Stewart, The King's Speech
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Runner-up: Roger Deakins, True Grit
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Runner-up: Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Carlos
ANIMATION: Toy Story 3
Runner-up: The Illusionist
SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Runner-up: David Seidler, The King's Speech
DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION FILM: Last Train Home
Runner-up: Exit Through the Gift Shop
NEW GENERATION: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: Film Socialism
LEGACY OF CINEMA AWARDS: Serge Bromberg, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, and the F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of Metropolis
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Paul Mazursky