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'The Social Network' picks up its 18th award for best picture (at least). But it hasn't won everything.

The-Social-NetworkLast night, The Social Network took home three awards from the Online Film Critics Society: Best Picture, Best Director for David Fincher, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. (The King’s Speech‘s Colin Firth won for Best Actor; Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman won for Best Actress; The Fighter‘s Christian Bale won for Best Supporting Actor; True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld won for Best Supporting Actress; and Christopher Nolan won for his original screenplay for Inception.)

This marks at least 18 times The Social Network has been named best picture this awards season. To wit: Critics groups from New York (both the Critics Circle and Online contingents), Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Florida, and Oklahoma, as well as the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review, and the Satellite Awards have all deemed The Social Network the best movie from 2010. (We won’t count the Palm Springs Film Festival’s “Ensemble Performance” Award.)

As bandwagons go, that’s a pretty darn big one. But three movies have managed to keep The Social Network from claiming total victory: READ FULL STORY

Writers Guild Awards: 'Toy Story 3,' 'Blue Valentine,' and others ineligible

Nominations for the Writers Guild Awards won’t be announced until Jan. 4, but the nomination ballot is missing some noticeable titles. Variety reports Another Year, Biutiful, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, The King’s Speech, Made in Dagenham, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Toy Story 3 and Winter’s Bone are among those deemed ineligible because they were not formally submitted for consideration and/or were not produced under WGA jurisdiction. As the trade notes, the WGA’s picks for original and adapted screenplay have each won an Oscar 11 of the last 16 years. Winners are announced Feb. 5.

Palm Springs Film Festival lauds 'The Social Network'

Director David Fincher will present his cast from The Social Network with the Ensemble Performance Award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival in January. Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, “Every so often, a movie comes along with performances that set the standard for a generation of actors. The Social Network combines a theme that defines our time with performances that redefine acting for the screen. The Social Network is important not because it is about this current moment in history, but because the human motivations of the characters make it a parable for this or any age.”

The Awards Gala will take place on Jan. 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart. The cast of The Social Network will join previously announced honorees Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Robert Duvall (Get Low), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), David O. Russell (The Fighter), and Diane Warren (Burlesque). The Festival runs Jan. 6-17.

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'The Social Network' continues to roll with Satellite Award wins

The Social Network added another batch of awards-season kudos to its growing tally on Sunday, winning best dramatic movie, best director, and best adapted screenplay at the Satellite Awards. Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, Social Network had already won best picture awards from L.A. and New York critics organizations and the National Board of Review. Inception also fared well on Sunday, winning Satellites for best score, cinematography, and art direction. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World also reared its head at the Satellites, taking the prize for best comedy/musical and earning star Michael Cera best actor in a comedy/musical.

Colin Firth (Dave Karger’s current No. 1 pick to win the Oscar) won best actor in a drama for his work in The King’s Speech, while Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) won best dramatic actress. Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) took best actress in a comedy/musical.

In the TV categories, Breaking Bad (EW critic Ken Tucker’s pick for best TV show of 2010) won best dramatic show, while The Big C took the prize for best comedy/musical. Bad’s Bryan Cranston won TV actor in a drama, and Connie Britton won best dramatic actress for her work in Friday Night Lights. Laura Linney won best actress in a comedy for Big C, and Alec Baldwin took the comedy actor award for his role in 30 Rock.


OscarWatch: Can Hilary Swank muscle her way to an Oscar nod?

ConvictionImage Credit: Ron BatzdorfWhen it comes to two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, you underestimate her awards chances at your own peril. When I chatted with the Conviction star in Toronto this year, she seemed more excited about her costar Sam Rockwell’s prospects than her own. But here she is on the SAG Awards list of Best Actress nominees alongside Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, and Jennifer Lawrence. “Well, I wasn’t underestimated by my peers, which I really appreciate!” Swank told me today after hearing the news. “Any time I went to a screening, audiences were responding to the movie. They were moved and touched by it.” SAG voters clearly found Swank’s uplifting performance more appealing than moodier fare like Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine or Lesley Manville in Another Year. And of course it’s rich that she’s now a dark-horse contender for a nomination in a year when Bening, who’s lost two Oscars to Swank over the years, is a front-runner.

So will Hilary now land her third career Oscar nod? The SAG nomination puts her in the thick of it to be sure. I still think Williams or Manville might have a better shot with the Academy, but if today has taught us anything, it’s that you should never count Swank out of an awards-season race.

SAG Awards give 'True Grit' stars some love: A look at Oscar implications

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominees have been announced. The King’s Speech and The Fighter each earned four nods, including Best Ensemble Cast. Here are the nominees in the feature film categories:

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Fighter, Kids, King’s Speech, and Social Network were the sure things here. I thought the fifth slot could go to The Town or Inception, but instead SAG voters went with Black Swan, which scored an impressive three nominations overall. Inception, meanwhile, was shut out of the nominations. But since that film is largely an achievement of directing, writing, and production, it doesn’t hurt its overall chances at several major Oscar nods.

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Robert Duvall, Get Low
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

The five front-runners were named in this category, meaning upstart contenders like Blue Valentine‘s Ryan Gosling, The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg, and Biutiful‘s Javier Bardem were simply squeezed out. It’s a nice rebound for Bridges and Duvall after getting skunked by the Golden Globes. READ FULL STORY

Jake Gyllenhaal exclusive: Anne Hathaway's congratulatory text to her Golden Globe-nominated costar

Jake-Gyllenhaal-Anne-HathawayImage Credit: Don Arnold/WireImage.comOne of the happiest results from this morning’s Golden Globe nominations in my mind was the recognition of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway for their terrific performances in the comedic drama Love & Other Drugs. I had the pleasure of interviewing them together for our EW cover story and enjoyed seeing their unique friendship first-hand. Now that they’re both Golden Globe nominees (for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical), Gyllenhaal — who’s never gotten a Globe nod before, strangely — got on the phone to discuss his competition (including two Johnny Depp performances, Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist) and what Hathaway had to say when she texted him after the big news.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had an Oscar nomination, a SAG Award nomination, and you’ve won a BAFTA. What took you so long with the Golden Globes?
JAKE GYLLENHAAL: [Laughs] It’s such a random thing! The irony of this one is that it isn’t the typical awards-season fare. Most movies that are acknowledged during awards season tend to be darker, and what’s special about this nomination is that it’s something about romance and hope.

So who’s your biggest competition for the win: Johnny Depp or Johnny Depp?
Right? Tell me about it. It’s a celebrity deathmatch with twin Johnny Depps. It’s pretty awesome that he was nominated twice. He’s such a badass.

I know you and Anne love to text each other all the time. So have you texted with her today?
She texted me this morning and I haven’t texted her back yet! Her text was…hold on a second, I’m going to grab my phone and I’ll tell you. This is an exclusive, hold on. [Rustles around for his phone.] She said, “Dude! Exclamation point. Congrats! Millions of exclamation points. You did it! Exclamation points. First Golden Globe nom, right? Millions of question marks. X.”

Wow, she knows her stuff.
She knows her awards history. It’s nice because the last movie we did [Brokeback Mountain] was acknowledged with awards. There’s something about us working together that seems to feel good and feel right.

San Francisco and Toronto critics choose 'Social Network'

The Social Network picked up two more critics prizes, winning honors from the San Francisco and Toronto groups. The San Francisco critics also gave Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams her first Best Actress prize of the season. For the Toronto reviewers, meanwhile, the kids were really all right: all four of their acting winners (The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg and Armie Hammer, Winter’s Bone‘s Jennifer Lawrence, and True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld) are under 28 years old. See all the winners after the jump.

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'Social Network' wins New York Film Critics Circle

social-networkImage Credit: Merrick MortonSo much for the New York Film Critics Circle going out of their way to be different. The NYFCC has added to the chorus of praise for The Social Network, giving the film its Best Picture and Best Director prizes. The Kids Are All Right‘s Annette Bening and The King’s Speech‘s Colin Firth won the lead acting awards. (Kids actually led overall with three wins.) So far, The Social Network‘s critics-awards sweep is even greater than The Hurt Locker‘s or Slumdog Millionaire‘s. Here are all the NYFCC winners:

Best Film The Social Network
Best Director David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actor Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Actress Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Best Supporting Actor Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Screenplay Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Best Cinematography Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Best Animated Film The Illusionist
Best Non-Fiction Film Inside Job
Best Foreign-Language Film Carlos
Best First Feature Animal Kingdom

Critics Choice nominations: 5 biggest surprises

Girl-with-the-Dragon-TattooImage Credit: Knut KoivistoEvery year I look to the Broadcast Film Critics Association as the group that most accurately predicts the eventual Oscar nominees. So the BFCA’s Critics Choice nominations announcement this morning may hold many clues as to what may happen later on in the awards season. Here are the five things that most surprised me about their respectable, yet somewhat predictable lists.

1. Black Swan leads with 12 nominations The film with the most BFCA nods wasn’t The Social Network, The King’s Speech, or Inception, but Darren Aronofsky’s polarizing noir thriller. It’s important to remember that one of last year’s top BFCA nominees was Nine, and that movie didn’t exactly score with the Academy. But 12 Critics Choice nods means that Black Swan could have a sizable and ardent fan base throughout the awards season.

2. No Best Picture nod for The Kids Are All Right It failed to snag a spot on the National Board of Review Top 10. And now The Kids Are All Right missed the cut here as well. It should get a nice bump at tomorrow’s Golden Globes announcement, but the indie comedy is now officially on the bubble for a Best Picture nod.

3. Noomi Rapace scores a Best Actress slot The star of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo earned a spot alongside powerhouses like Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, and Natalie Portman, squeezing out Another Year‘s Lesley Manville. This doesn’t mean she’s a sure thing for a SAG or Oscar nod, but in a very competitive year she’s now squarely in the running.

4. Mila Kunis for Best Supporting Actress I had the Black Swan costar at No. 10 on my supporting-actress rankings last week. Getting in there over Rabbit Hole’s Dianne Wiest and Get Low‘s Sissy Spacek (not to mention her own Swan costar Barbara Hershey) means she’s a viable candidate.

5. Nothing for Michael Douglas Even though he’s not one of my top overall contenders in either race, I thought the BFCA might acknowledge him with a supporting actor nomination for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps or, more likely, in the lead category for Solitary Man. If he couldn’t capitalize on the BFCA’s sixth slot in the acting races, he’ll have an even tougher time with the more exclusive Oscars.

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