Toronto Film Critics Honor 'The Social Network' With Five Awards
TORONTO -- The Toronto Film Critics Assn. has jumped on the awards season bandwagon for The Social Network, naming the Facebook drama as its best picture of 2010.
David Fincher also won for best director, while Jesse Eisenberg was named best actor for his star-turn as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
And co-star Armie Hammer nabbed the best supporting actor award for his scene-stealing performance as the Winklevoss twins.
Lastly, Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires was handed the best screenplay prize.
"We appreciate what it represents in popular American film culture -- an intelligent moral drama told from multiple viewpoints with a complex protagonist who is neither hero nor villain," TFCA president Brian Johnson, film critic for Maclean's magazine, said of The Social Network.
Other TFCA award winners included Jennifer Lawrence named best actress for her role in Winter¹s Bone, while newcomer Hailee Steinfeld took the best supporting actress prize for her debut performance in True Grit.
The Toronto film critics, while shutting out rival Oscar contenders like Black Swan and The King's Speech from its awards list, also gave the best first feature prize to British director Robert Banks, a.k.a. Banksy, for Exit Through the Gift Shop, and named DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon as the best animated feature award.
And the best foreign language film, according to the Toronto scribes, is Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.