The Chicago Film Critics recommend ‘The Social Network’

The Chicago Film Critics Association have named David Fincher’s Facebook ‘thriller’, The Social Network their best film of 2010. This accolade joins The Social Network’s current list of wins from The International Press Academy, The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Boston Society of Film Critics, Detroit Film Critics Society, Houston Film Critics Society, Indiana Film Critics Society, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, San Francisco Film Critics Circle and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

So clearly the list is quite long and this is before the winners of the People’s Choice Awards, The Golden Globes and (hopefully!) The Academy Awards are announced over the coming months.

Director David Fincher (Se7en, Zodiac & Fight Club) and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) were also recognised for their work on the film.

'The Social Network' was awarded the best film of 2010.

The Social Network featured one of the best working ensemble casts of 2010 (as the awards are already saying) and included Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. The film was based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 nonfiction book, The Accidental Billionaires and followed the behind-the-scenes story of Mark Zuckerberg and how the social networking phenomenon, Facebook came into being. The film follows the set of Harvard students as they formulate algorithms, betray each others ideas and in the end sue Zuckerberg for a hell of a lot of money.

Other winners included Colin Firth (best actor) his portrayal of King George VI in The King’s Speech and Natalie Portman (best actress) in Black Swan. In the supporting categories, Christian Bale for The Fighter and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for the Coen Brother’s new Western, True Grit.

Nolan was awarded best original screenplay of 2010

The original screenplay award went to Christopher Nolan for the summer’s philosophical thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception. Nolan is best known for writing 2000’s Memento and for rebooting the Batman franchise including 2008’s The Dark Knight.

Below is the full list of winners:

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception
Best Original Score: Clint Mansell, Black Swan
Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Best Foreign Language Film: A Prophet
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Most Promising Performer: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Most Promising Filmmaker: Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine

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Ollie.Charles
Reviews Editor, Contributor and Festival Coordinator

Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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