To the extent I thought about it at all, I’d have pegged The King’s Speech as this year’s National Board of Review winner, or maybe even Hereafter since they’re generally so crazy about Clint Eastwood. Anyway, The Social Network took four big awards including Film, Director, Actor and Adapted Screenplay.

That’s fine.

I do like the nods to Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom and Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone. Interesting that The Kids Are All Right is nowhere to be seen.

The weirdest pick in my book? Youth in Revolt on the Best Independent list. Also, Buried for Original Screenplay?

I’m sure there are some other notable omissions and odd inclusions, but does it really matter? It’s just the NBR after all.

Here’s the list (via indieWIRE)

  • Best Film: The Social Network
  • Best Director:  David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Best Actor:  Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Best Actress:  Lesley Manville, Another Year
  • Best Supporting Actor:  Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Best Supporting Actress:  Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

  • Best Foreign Film:  Of Gods and Men
  • Best Documentary:  Waiting For “Superman”
  • Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
  • Best Ensemble Cast:  The Town
  • Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
  • Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo
  • Best Original Screenplay:  Chris Sparling, Buried
  • Best Adapted Screenplay:  Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
  • Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Sofia Coppola, for for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere
  • William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin
  • NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game, Conviction, Howl

Top Eleven Films (In alphabetical order):
Another Year
The Fighter
Hereafter
Inception
The King’s Speech
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Top Ten Independent Films (In alphabetical order):
Animal Kingdom
Buried
Fish Tank
The Ghost Writer
Greenberg
Let Me In
Monsters
Please Give
Somewhere
Youth in Revolt

Top Six Foreign Films (In alphabetical order):
I Am Love
Incendies
Life, Above All
Of Gods And Men
Soul Kitchen
White Material

Top Six Documentary Films (In alphabetical order):
A Film Unfinished
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Restrepo
The Tillman Story
Waiting For “Superman”

13 Responses to “NBR friends The Social Network”

  1. The Social Network still looks strong to take Best Picture this year, but since I’m never right in my predictions on this matter I’ve probably already doomed its chances.

    Glad to see Monsters getting some recognition in the indie category.

  2. As I said elsewhere, it’s dangerous to read too much into any one awards groups picks, especially the mysterious group of weirdos known as the NBR, but I didn’t expect them to pick TSN and I can’t help but think it means something.

    We’ll see whether other bodies and critics groups agree (they very well might).

    Don’t forget last year NBR picked Up in the Air which at that moment in time seemed like a safe bet. Then everyone saw it and went “ehhh”

  3. I don’t know much about the NBR (only that they get dumped on incessantly every time they release their lists), but they always seem to align closer to my tastes than any other awards body out there. That doesn’t mean they’re more credible, but for what it’s worth, I like their style (I say as I tilt my sunglasses in their direction).

  4. Sight and Sound also picked it best of 2010 and I’m counting that as a win too.

    Like I said, I’m doomed to be wrong on this but so far I haven’t seen anything that comes close to feeling like a BP winner more than TSN. I know supposedly The King’s Speech is going to knock everyone’s voting-socks off, but that film feels a lot like The Madness of King George. I’m sure we all remember how that rose up to sweep all the awards in ’94.

    When I end up being wrong about all this, I’ll be the first to tell you everyone told me so.

  5. At this point, True Grit seems like the only film that has a chance of besting TSN at the Oscars — and we haven’t seen it yet.

    I don’t understand the absence of 127 Hours — maybe they think it’s too bubble-gummy.

  6. “At this point, True Grit seems like the only film that has a chance of besting TSN at the Oscars — and we haven’t seen it yet.”

    Pierre: I would politely counter by asserting that BLACK SWAN and THE KING’S SPEECH are the two prime candidates that remain to contend with THE SOCIAL NETWORK for the Best Picture prize. TRUE GRIT may well be on the outside, though for some reason I have serious doubts about it, especially with the Coens winning a few years ago for NO COUNTRY.

    With that unexpected win from the NBR, I’ll have to admit that THE SOCIAL NETWORK is now the favorite over BLACK SWAN and THE KING’S SPEECH, the two bonafide, runners-up.

  7. Point well taken, Sam, but despite what some pundits are saying — and I know I”m sticking my neck out — I don’t believe Black Swan or TKS can beat TSN.

  8. Pierre: If Vegas would take my action, I’d go as far as to put up my home and kids on THE SOCIAL NETWORK to win Best Picture now. Ha! I am THAT certain now that the NBR and Sight and Sound have gone that way. (Review-wise I think the only film that matches it this year across the board is TOY STORY 3) For all sorts of reasons it’s the trendy choice now, and I do actually like the film to the tune of 4 of 5 stars. But I just won’t go as far as to have it in my Top 10. Here are some proposed numerical odds I way I see if if I were forced to do so:

    The Social Network 80%
    The King’s Speech 8%
    Black Swan 6%
    Toy Story 3 4%
    True Grit 2%

    Naturally what I WANT to happen is far different than what WILL happen, especially as I see the lion’s share of 2010’s best films as foreign language or documentaries, with a few animated gems as well.

  9. WJ, for the most part I’d agree they’re fine. I think all awards bodies including AMPAS and even the hallowed NYFCC are disreputable in some way. The reason the NBR draws so much flack is because no one really knows who they are.

    An Oscar argument before we’ve even seen all the films! Classic!

    In my heart (at this point) I believe Joel is right about TSN, but I reserve the right to change my mind. At this point last year as I already mentioned here or elsewhere, I was convinced that Up in the Air was going to be the big winner when in the end it couldn’t even pull a screenplay win.

    Early word is good concerning True Grit, but I have a sneaking feeling that it just isn’t going to be the kind of film people feel the need to give a big awards golden shower to. Just a hunch.

    The Fighter is another one that isn’t being talked about much. I disliked it, but it’s a softball that could be right in Oscar’s wheelhouse so don’t count it out until more people start seeing it. Either way, Bale is good for a nomination but I don’t think he’s going to win Supporting Actor. He’s anti-Oscar, got busted publicly for taking the piss out of a hollywood crew (oscar voters!) and has said he doesn’t feel he needs to campaign.

    127 Hours I think is fading. One reason it may not have gotten NBR love is Fox Searchlight simply didn’t suck up to the NBR this year… and for good reason, NBR is rarely a direct path to awards nirvana.

    The Black Swan…. I don’t know. I like Portman’s chances for the win, but the film itself might be a little too odd. Plus it’s gotten clobbered by some significant critics (namely Turan)

    The King’s Speech by many measures seems very much like an Oscar movie, I’m just having a hard time getting over my own middling feelings about it. I’m not ready to count it out at all. I’ll be interested to hear what Pierre thinks when he finally lays eyes on it for himself.

  10. I am SO happy to see Jennifer Lawrence and Winter’s Bone there.

  11. Me too, though I have to say I think my allegiance has shifted to Natalie Portman. Maybe I need to re-see Winter’s Bone. I did love it so.

  12. I agree that anything could happen in the next two months with Oscar this year and heck (like you pointed out), I haven’t seen all the films yet.

    I’m happy to see Jennifer Lawrence getting some attention here. Not having seen Black Swan, I can’t speak to Portman’s heat/hype directly, but it seems like she’s the actress to beat right now. Heck, Lawrence would be an interesting option for it even though that feels like a longshot.

  13. I feel like I’ve thrown Lawrence over for the latest “it girl”

    And I kind of have, but then Portman has a body of work. She’s made some junk, but she’s often been very good. Lawrence has one great performance (that we know of) and now she’s going to be in that goddamn X-Men movie.

    Ok, well, Portman is going to be in Thor…

    Nevermind.

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