Social Network Nets 8 CFCA Nominations PDF Print E-mail

“The Social Network,” David Fincher’s film chronicling the tumultuous development of the enormously popular social networking website Facebook, clearly made a lot of friends with the Chicago Film Critics Association as it received eight nominations for their 2010 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Four films tied for second place with six nominations, including “The King’s Speech,” the British drama about King George VI struggling to overcome a lifelong stuttering problem with the help of a decidedly unconventional speech therapist, “Black Swan,” the trippy and terrifying psychodrama about a ballerina cracking under the pressure of playing the lead in “Swan Lake,” the acclaimed indie drama “Winter’s Bone” and Joel & Ethan Coen’s remake of the western classic “True Grit.” Rounding up the top vote-getters was the mind-bending thriller “Inception,” which planted itself into the running for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

In the Best Actor category, Colin Firth was cited for his performance as King George VI in “The King’s Speech” and is joined by James Franco as a hiker trapped between a rock and a hard place in “127 Hours,” Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network,” Ryan Gosling as one half of a marriage gone bad in “Blue Valentine” and Jeff Bridges stepping into John Wayne’s eye patch in “True Grit.” In the Best Actress category, the nominees include Annette Bening for her work in the quirky comedy-drama “The Kids Are All Right,” Jennifer Lawrence as a backwoods teenager searching for her father in “Winter’s Bone,” Lesley Manville as the self-pitying center of Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Natalie Portman as the driven ballerina in “Black Swan” and Michelle Williams as the other half of a marriage gone bad in “Blue Valentine.” In the category of Best Supporting Actor, the nominees include Christian Bale as a boxer turned crack addict in “The Fighter,” Andrew Garfield as one of the key people behind the development of Facebook in “The Social Network,” John Hawkes as the reclusive uncle pressed into helping his niece in “Winter’s Bone,” Mark Ruffalo as a laid-back dude who finds himself unexpectedly thrust into the lives of a lesbian couple and the children that were fathered through his sperm donation and Geoffrey Rush as the radical speech therapist charged with curing a king in “The King’s Speech.” For Best Supporting Actress, co-stars Melissa Leo and Amy Adams were both cited for their work in “The Fighter” and are joined by Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech,”  Jacki Weaver for the Australian crime drama “Animal Kingdom” and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for her turn in “True Grit.”

BEST PICTURE
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Winter's Bone

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky--Black Swan
David Fincher--The Social Network
Debra Granik--Winter’s Bone
Tom Hooper--The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan--Inception
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BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges--True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg--The Social Network
Colin Firth--The King’s Speech
James Franco--127 Hours
Ryan Gosling--Blue Valentine

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening--The Kids Are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence--Winter’s Bone
Lesley Manville--Another Year
Natalie Portman--Black Swan
Michelle Williams--Blue Valentine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale--The Fighter
Andrew Garfield--The Social Network
John Hawkes--Winter’s Bone
Mark Ruffalo--The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush--The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams--The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter--The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo--The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld--True Grit
Jacki Weaver--Animal Kingdom

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Black Swan--Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz & John McLaughlin
Four Lions--Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain & Chris Morris
Inception--Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right--Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech--David Seidler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Rabbit Hole--David Lindsay Abaire
The Social Network--Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3--Michael Arndt
True Grit--Joel & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone--Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Black Swan--Matthew Libatique
Inception--Wally Pfister
Shutter Island--Robert Richardson
The Social Network--Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit--Roger Deakins

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Black Swan--Clint Mansell
I Am Love--John Adams
Inception--Hans Zimmer
The Social Network--Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
True Grit--Carter Burwell

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Restrepo
The Tillman Story
Waiting for Superman

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Biutiful
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I Am Love
Mother
A Prophet

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Armie Hammer--The Social Network
Katie Jarvis--Fish Tank
Jennifer Lawrence--Winter’s Bone
Tahar Rahim--A Prophet
Hailee Steinfeld--True Grit

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Bansky--Exit Through the Gift Shop
Derek Cianfrance--Blue Valentine
David Michod--Animal Kingdom
Aaron Schneider--Get Low
John Wells--The Company Men