‘Social Network’ Wins Big at National Board Awards

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The National Board of Review began the 2010 awards season today by naming The Social Network the Best Film of 2010, its first accolade in what is sure to be a big one for the film. 27-year-old Jesse Eisenberg also picked up the Best Actor nod for the film along with Hollywood alums David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively.

Traditionally, The NBR, based in New York City, is the earliest critics’ circle to announce its year-end picks, and often their decision is an indication of how the Oscars (February 27, 2011) will pan out. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and No Country for Old Men (2007) were both winners in the past that went on to find Oscar gold, but last year’s top film Up in the Air didn’t fare as well compared to The Hurt Locker.

Among others recognized were Christian Bale as Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Feature and newcomer Jennifer Lawrence for Breakthrough Performance on Winter’s Bone. Sofia Coppola won the Special Filmmaking Achievement Award for writing, directing and producing Somewhere.

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