The Social Network has a new friend. The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) held their live vote and debate this past weekend and awarded David Fincher’s movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with five honours, including Best Picture of 2010.
Aaron Sorkin’s script, based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires, took home Best Screenplay, and Fincher beat out Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Christopher Nolan (Inception) for Best Director.
In the acting categories, Jesse Eisenberg picked up Best Actor for his cold portrayal of Zuckerberg, and Armie Hammer, who plays a double part as the Winklevoss twins, left more of an impression on the TFCA than Christian Bale in The Fighter and Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, and earned himself the Best Supporting Actor award.
“In our final discussions Sunday afternoon, again and again The Social Network galvanized broad support from our members,” said TFCA President Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean’s. “There was a strong sentiment that we’re not just recognizing a superbly crafted ‘movie of the moment’ that spins a creation myth of cyber-capitalism. We appreciate what it represents in popular American film culture—an intelligent moral drama told from multiple viewpoints with a complex protagonist who is neither hero nor villain.”
Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her work in Winter’s Bone and newcomer Hailee Steinfield scored Best Supporting Actress for the Coen Bros.’ remake of True Grit. Best Animated film went to How to Train Your Dragon, Best Foreign-Language Film was awarded to Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which was also a runner-up for Best Picture, and the Allan King Documentary Award went to Exit Through the Gift Shop. Banksy, the famous street artist who directed Exit Through the Gift Shop also earned the prize for Best First Feature.
The TFCA also voted to recognize Toronto-based filmmaker Bruce McDonald with a special citation for his contribution to the Canadian film community this past year, which saw him produce four movies: Trigger, This Movie is Broken, Hard Core Logo 2, and Music from the Big House.
Finalists for Rogers Best Canadian Feature Award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize, were narrowed down to Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald, Splice, directed by Vincenzo Natali, and Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Toronto on January 12, 2011, hosted by Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Jay Scott Prize for emerging talent was awarded to Daniel Cockburn for his film You Are Here. The award carries a $5,000 cash prize and will be handed out at the dinner in January along with the winner of the Deluxe Student Film Award (which includes $3,000 in post-production services from Deluxe Toronto).
The Toronto Film Critics Association is a group of 43 Toronto-based journalists who specialize in film criticism and commentary. Members have sat on critic juries at the Cannes, Venice and Toronto film festivals, and also participate in the International Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI). For a film to be eligible for the 2010 TFCA awards, it had to be released in Canada within the year or has to qualify for the 2010 Oscars and have a release date in Canada no later than the end of February 2011.
Full list of winners and runners-up below.
BEST PICTURE: The Social Network
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
BEST ACTOR: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
BEST ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Armie Hammer, The Social Network
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
BEST DIRECTOR: David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Christopher Nolan, Inception
BEST SCREENPLAY: The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich
The King’s Speech, written by David Seidler
True Grit, written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen based on the novel by Charles Portis
BEST FIRST FEATURE: Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy
Get Low, directed by Aaron Schneider
Monsters, directed by Gareth Edwards
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Of Gods and Men
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Exit Through the Gift Shop
ROGERS CANADIAN FILM AWARD NOMINEES
Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve
Splice, directed by Vincenzo Natali
Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald
Top image: A scene from The Social Network. Courtesy Sony Pictures.