Monday, December 6, 2010
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics
The Social Network
David Fincher, The Social Network
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Inception- Christopher Nolan
The Social Network- Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inception- Wally Pfistor
Inception- Hans Zimmer
The Social Network tops the second critical society, just like Up in the Air did last year, so here is the question-- is The Social Network going to breeze through this awards season a la Slumdog Millionaire\No Country for Old Men for a recent example, or run out of steam like Up in the Air did last year?
I think it's easy to assume that the Fincher\Sorkin Facebook drama will be the critical darling of 2010, at least so far, while The King's Speech (which most bloggers\observers\obsessives might agree is it's biggest competition, being the far more potentially populist, middle of the row player for the Academy wheelhouse, but in all awards seasons, movies go through slumps typically, will The Social Network be able to overcome that-- we still have a long run ahead of us!
In other news, the folks in the Washington D.C. liked Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, The Fighter, the Inception technical aspects, and bestowed an ensemble award to the cast of The Town (following suit after the National Board of Review), which is quite jarring to me, even as I proclaim my slight fondness for Ben Affleck's Boston crime drama-- what about the terrific "other" ensemble pieces of 2010-- The Kids Are All Right, Please Give, The Social Network (you guys clearly say that film at least!)
It's at this time, the very beginning, where I kindly ask the various hundreds of thousands of critics groups yet to announce their prizes to show some originality. DON'T GIVE IN TO GROUP THINK! I loved The Social Network, but I will be bored if it wins everything, and clearly it can't be everyone's favorite film of 2010-- challenge, annoy, continue the conversation of cinema; it's the discussion that matters. I'm done.