'The Social Network' Named Best Picture By National Society of Film Critics
12:05 PM PST 1/8/2011 by Gregg Kilday
Completing a sweep of the major critics groups, The Social Network was named best picture Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics.At its annual meeting at Sardi's restaurant in New York City, the group, which consists of 61 voting members, also gave its best director prize to Social Network's David Fincher, hailed the movie's star Jesse Eisenberg as best actor and gave its screenplay award to Aaron Sorkin. Giovanna Mezzogiorno was chosen best actress for her performance as Mussolini's mistress in the Italian film Vincere. Supporting actor laurels were handed to Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech and Olivia Williams for The Ghost Writer. Roger Deakins was cited for his cinematography for the western True Grit. The group's nonfiction film award was given to Charles Ferguson's Inside Job, which examines the financial crisis of 2008. Olivier Assayas' Carlos, a portrait of terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was named best foreign-language film. The Society, chaired by David Sterritt, also designated six film heritage awards: They went to The Film Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary; Chaplin at Keystone, a DVD collection of 34 silent films; The Elia Kazan Collection, a DVD collection of 15 of Kazan's films; Upstream, a rediscovered silent film directed by John Ford; Lionel Rogosin's 1955 film On the Bowery; and the restoration of the seminal gay documentary Word Is Out. The meeting was dedicated to the memory of the late film scholar and Hollywood Reporter film critic Peter Brunette.
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