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The National Board of Review names The Social Network the Best Film of 2010

Dec. 3, 2010by: George Merchan

Now, it truly begins. A couple of days ago we revealed the nominees for the 2011 Spirit Awards, focusing exclusively on the year's indie fare. But today we've got the picks from The National Board of Review, the first major critics award for all of 2010's releases.

And the big winner? THE SOCIAL NETWORK. David Fincher's 'Facebook film' took the top prize, as well as Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg.

Here's the full list of winners, including the NBR's Top 11 films of the year (oddly, notable films such as 127 HOURS, BLACK SWAN, and BLUE VALENTINE went curiously missing). Strike Back below and let us know what you think of these picks!

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 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"

Extra Tidbit: The National Board of Review's Best Film winner has gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars two out of the last three years (they missed last year with Jason Reitman's UP IN THE AIR).
Source: indieWIRE

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5:05AM on 12/07/2010

Hearafter!!??

Top 11 films of 2010 list has Hereafter on it. Hereafter was a piece of shit!
127 Hours, and Black Swan will kick ass at the Oscars. I dug The Social Network, but it was nowhere NEAR as moving as 127 Hours or Black Swan. The National Board of Review are full of idiots.
Top 11 films of 2010 list has Hereafter on it. Hereafter was a piece of shit!
127 Hours, and Black Swan will kick ass at the Oscars. I dug The Social Network, but it was nowhere NEAR as moving as 127 Hours or Black Swan. The National Board of Review are full of idiots.
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7:13PM on 12/03/2010

Can't argue

I liked Inception a ton, but Social Network was damn impressive stuff as well. As for Fincher's Director award, he'll prolly get the Oscar too, but in the "We should have given this to you ages ago, but here it is anyway" manner (a la Scorsese), and Nolan will get it in a few years (for TDKR, maybe?).

I figured Bale and Weaver would get their dues for Fighter and Animal Kingdom, one way or the other. In fact, I'm gonna call it: Oscars for both of them, too. I seem to recall Weaver getting
I liked Inception a ton, but Social Network was damn impressive stuff as well. As for Fincher's Director award, he'll prolly get the Oscar too, but in the "We should have given this to you ages ago, but here it is anyway" manner (a la Scorsese), and Nolan will get it in a few years (for TDKR, maybe?).

I figured Bale and Weaver would get their dues for Fighter and Animal Kingdom, one way or the other. In fact, I'm gonna call it: Oscars for both of them, too. I seem to recall Weaver getting Oscar buzz months ago when Animal Kingdom came out in Australia, so I wouldn't be surprised.

And finally, nice to see The Town get Ensemble Cast (even though they could have given it to Inception as well). Not one bad performance in there.
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4:37PM on 12/03/2010
Seriously? Buried? Seriously? I mean, I suppose it's hard enough to FIND an original screenplay these days, but still, of the few, that's just...upsetting. (and where are 127 Hours and Black Swan? At first I thought it was a timing thing, but True Grit's up there and it doesn't come up until the 22nd...)
Seriously? Buried? Seriously? I mean, I suppose it's hard enough to FIND an original screenplay these days, but still, of the few, that's just...upsetting. (and where are 127 Hours and Black Swan? At first I thought it was a timing thing, but True Grit's up there and it doesn't come up until the 22nd...)
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4:12PM on 12/03/2010

Excellent choice

The Social Network was one of my favorite movies of the year. I'm so glad that I've actually seen most of these awards-type movies of this year.
The Social Network was one of my favorite movies of the year. I'm so glad that I've actually seen most of these awards-type movies of this year.
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1:39PM on 12/03/2010
Buried was best original screenplay? Really? It's not even in their own list of top 11 films.
Buried was best original screenplay? Really? It's not even in their own list of top 11 films.
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7:26PM on 12/03/2010
It's in the top 10 Independent Films and the lists don't overlap
It's in the top 10 Independent Films and the lists don't overlap
10:17AM on 12/03/2010
Without a doubt, The Social Network is going to be awarded come oscar time.

For me my top 3 movies of 2010 are..

1. Toy Story 3
2. The Kids Are All Right
3. Inception/The Town (can't choose, both were great).
Without a doubt, The Social Network is going to be awarded come oscar time.

For me my top 3 movies of 2010 are..

1. Toy Story 3
2. The Kids Are All Right
3. Inception/The Town (can't choose, both were great).
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10:29AM on 12/03/2010
Minus The Town, I agree with you, 100% in that order. Good picks.
Minus The Town, I agree with you, 100% in that order. Good picks.
12:49AM on 12/04/2010
that top 3 still doesn't mask the fact that you have shit taste. Mr. Twilight defender.
that top 3 still doesn't mask the fact that you have shit taste. Mr. Twilight defender.
9:52AM on 12/03/2010

Hereafter?

The only reason that film is there is because Hollywood has an immense respect for Eastwood. I would of rather seen Black Swan, Blue Valentine, or Somewhere take that spot instead.
The only reason that film is there is because Hollywood has an immense respect for Eastwood. I would of rather seen Black Swan, Blue Valentine, or Somewhere take that spot instead.
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9:46AM on 12/03/2010

for me it's

1. INCEPTION
2. Toy Story 3
3. The Social Network
1. INCEPTION
2. Toy Story 3
3. The Social Network
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9:15AM on 12/03/2010
Definitely well deserved. I think Fincher's time is finally coming you guys!
Definitely well deserved. I think Fincher's time is finally coming you guys!
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5:41AM on 12/03/2010
Pretty good list overall but is anyone else really surprised by some of these noms. The Fighter, Hereafter, Monsters, and Youth in Revolt up for best pic? Weird.

I love The Social Network and Inception so I don't mind if one wins over the other. I think they should do what the academy failed to do during the whole "There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men" situation. Give one film the Best Picture and the other the Best Director. That way, no one feels that one of the films was snubbed
Pretty good list overall but is anyone else really surprised by some of these noms. The Fighter, Hereafter, Monsters, and Youth in Revolt up for best pic? Weird.

I love The Social Network and Inception so I don't mind if one wins over the other. I think they should do what the academy failed to do during the whole "There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men" situation. Give one film the Best Picture and the other the Best Director. That way, no one feels that one of the films was snubbed and both walk away with an important award.

I am surprised by Eisenberg winning though because I thought that the big competition is basically between Franco and Firth.

Really, they're all great films and I've been very happy with the quality of films this year. I'm still looking forward to Another Year, True Grit, 127 Hours, Black Swan, The King's Speech, Tron etc. There's so much good stuff this year.
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4:06AM on 12/03/2010
It's a tough call. My personal favorite is still Inception, but Social Network was an incredible film. I agree that Nolan should get best director, as Inception was his movie through and through and one of the best expressions of a filmmaker I have ever seen, but I'm not complaining. Fincher owned with Social Network. Of course, True Grit has yet to come out, so who knows where that will stand.
It's a tough call. My personal favorite is still Inception, but Social Network was an incredible film. I agree that Nolan should get best director, as Inception was his movie through and through and one of the best expressions of a filmmaker I have ever seen, but I'm not complaining. Fincher owned with Social Network. Of course, True Grit has yet to come out, so who knows where that will stand.
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4:01AM on 12/03/2010
I don't know if I would give Jesse Eisenberg Best Actor (maybe Franco), and I'd probably give Nolan Best Director, and take out Shutter Island and put in 127 Hours.
I don't know if I would give Jesse Eisenberg Best Actor (maybe Franco), and I'd probably give Nolan Best Director, and take out Shutter Island and put in 127 Hours.
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2:28AM on 12/03/2010
I'm still deciding on my fav of the year, but this isn't a bad choice.
I'm still deciding on my fav of the year, but this isn't a bad choice.
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2:10AM on 12/03/2010

INCEPTION & TOY STORY 3

INCEPTION & TOY STORY 3 were the best films of the year by far.
SOcIAL NETWORK was 3rd.

Also I've always wondered why the Oscars have never had a "Best ensemble Cast" award?
INCEPTION & TOY STORY 3 were the best films of the year by far.
SOcIAL NETWORK was 3rd.

Also I've always wondered why the Oscars have never had a "Best ensemble Cast" award?
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2:06AM on 12/03/2010
Inception was best film of the year.
Inception was best film of the year.
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2:02AM on 12/03/2010

Glad to see Buried on there

It really was a fantastic film and my favorite of the year. I really hope it gets some Oscar recognition, especially for Reynolds' amazing performance.
It really was a fantastic film and my favorite of the year. I really hope it gets some Oscar recognition, especially for Reynolds' amazing performance.
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