Saturday, December 18, 2010

Houston Film Critics Awards

PICTURE: The Social Network
DIRECTOR: David Fincher, The Social Network
ACTOR: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale, The Fighter
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
SCREENPLAY: The Social Network- Aaron Sorkin
FOREIGN FILM: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Inception- Wally Pfister
SCORE: Inception- Hans Zimmer
SONG: "We Are Sex Bob-Omb!," Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (music & lyrics by Beck)

It's a sad day in awards land when the most fun award goes to Best Song, alas those are the times.  Unfortunately, the fun Beck ditty from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World isn't one of the 41 songs eligible for the Oscar, so it's all in vein.

One thing that strikes me is the impressive awards season it's been for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the Swedish sensation of the year that I personally just don't get.  The leading lady, Noomi Rapace garnered a few nominations, as has the film nabbed a few foreign film critics prizes; I'm confused...was the foreign film selection that weak this year?  My take is that it's a fairly competent made television procedure show; I suppose if you throw in the misogynistic violence it would have to be a premium cable one, but outside of the interesting leading actors (which I believe says more about them, then the material), I don't get it!  We shall see of course, what David Fincher does with it next year around this time.

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