THR Critics Name 'Inception,' 'Carlos' Best of 2010

1:43 PM PST 12/17/2010 by Todd McCarthy, Kirk Honeycutt
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Todd McCarthy and Kirk Honeycutt agree on four films, but there's plenty of room for argument.

With award season in full swing, and the end of the year upon us, The Hollywood Reporter's critics Todd McCarthy and Kirk Honeycutt weigh in on the best films of 2010.
 
Todd McCarthy
 
1. Carlos
An amazing epic that brings a shadowy terrorist career to life with a vivid credibility that scarcely seemed possible.
 
2. The Social Network
Dazzling on every level, its success at zeitgeist-capture marks it for a time capsule.
 
3. Wild Grass
A nimble, intoxicating, borderline-hallucinatory work from Alain Resnais, a very old director with a very young spirit.
 
4. A Prophet
Prison as the best crime university has never been more powerfully or disturbingly revealed.
 
5. Sweetgrass
An exceptionally beautiful documentary that casts one of the world’s oldest professions, animal herding, in a startlingly modern light.
 
6. Inside Job
A devastatingly precise and articulate breakdown of the hows and whys of the financial crisis.
 
7. Toy Story 3
Pixar does it again, but even better.
 
8. Animal Kingdom
The gangster film is alive and very well in Melbourne.
 
9. The Kids Are All Right
A tricky chemistry experiment in which everything goes miraculously right.
 
10. Unstoppable
It drives fast and hard and never goes off the tracks.
 
Kirk Honeycutt
 
1. Inception
Christopher Nolan, already one of our most innovative filmmakers, outdoes himself with this mind-twisting sci-fi thriller.
 
2. The Social Network
A fascinating character study that also highlights the best and worst aspects of a technology-driven life.
 
3. The King’s Speech
Splendid acting brings to vivid life an intimate account of how a British king triumphed over a speech impediment.
 
4. 127 Hours
Danny Boyle’s highly emotional, spiritually infused account of one man’s gripping ordeal is utterly transfixing.
 
5. True Grit
The Coen brothers find true wit, adventure and insight in Charles Portis’ twice-filmed Western novel.
 
6. Carlos
This mesmerizing portrait of a true-life celebrity terrorist from Olivier Assayas bristles with tension, drama and stunning insight.
 
7. A Prophet
Jacques Audiard’s prison drama and a gangster film that brilliantly surveys the corrupting, corroding path to power.
 
8. The Kids Are All Right
One of the more amusing and startling comedies about marriage and a midlife crisis in a long while.
 
9. Winter’s Bone
Stark drama with an indomitable young female protagonist intensely explores poverty, drug culture and evil in rural America.
 
10. The Way Back
Few films can match Peter Weir’s epic escape movie for sheer adventure, danger and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit.
 
How Other Critics Groups Saw It
 
New York Film Critics Circle
Picture: The Social Network
Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Supporting actor: Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Supporting actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
 
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Picture: The Social Network
Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress: Kim Hye-ja, Mother
Supporting actor: Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
Supporting actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Director (tie): Olivier Assayas, Carlos; David Fincher, The Social Network
 
National Board of Review
Picture: The Social Network
Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year
Supporting actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Supporting actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Screenplay (adapted): Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Screenplay (original): Chris Sparling, Buried
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
 
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
Picture: The Social Network
Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Supporting actor: Christian Bale,The Fighter
Supporting actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Screenplay (adapted): Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Screenplay (original): Christopher Nolan, Inception
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
 
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Picture: The Social Network
Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress: Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Supporting actor: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Supporting actress:Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Screenplay (adapted): Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Screenplay (original): David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Director (tie): Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan; David Fincher, The Social Network
 
San Diego Film Critics Society
Picture: Winter’s Bone
Actor: Colin Farrell, Ondine
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Supporting actor: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Supporting actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year
Screenplay (adapted): Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Screenplay (original): Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain and Chris Morris, Four Lions
Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
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