The critics awards race kicked off yesterday with “The Social Network” dominating The National Board Of Review awards – taking Best Film, Director, Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Adapted Screenplay.
Scoring well in the casting categories were Lesley Manville (“Another Year”) for Best Actress, Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) for Supporting Actor, Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) for Supporting Actress, and Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) for Breakthrough Performance. The Ensemble Cast award went to “The Town”.
In the other film categories “Toy Story 3” scored Best Animated Feature, “Waiting for Superman” got Best Documentary, and “Of Gods and Men” won Best Foreign Language Film.
Rounding out the big awards were Chris Sparling’s “Buried” winning best original screenplay, and special awards for Sofia Coppola (“Somewhere”), Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington (“Restrepo”) and Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati (“The Illusionist”)
Finally the board also voted on the ten runners up in key major film categories, though there are some very notable omissions (“Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” “The Kids Are All Right”). They are:
Another Year, The Fighter, Hereafter, Inception, The King’s Speech, Shutter Island, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone
I Am Love, Incendies, Life, Above All, Soul Kitchen, White Material
A Film Unfinished, Inside Job, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Restrepo, The Tillman Story
Animal Kingdom, Buried, Fish Tank, The Ghost Writer, Greenberg, Let Me In, Monsters, Please Give, Somewhere, Youth in Revolt