'The Social Network' clicks with the National Society of Film Critics

The National Society of Film Critics has friended The Social Network. Adding to its already impressive awards-season haul today, the Facebook movie walked away with Best Picture, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Actor for Mark Zuckerberg portrayer Jesse Eisenberg, and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

Other winners with the National Society of Film Critics today include Vincere‘s Giovanna Mezzogiorno for Best Actress, The King’s Speech‘s Geoffrey Rush for Best Supporting Actor, The Ghost Writer‘s Olivia Williams for Best Supporting Actress, Inside Job for Best Non-Fiction Film, and Carlos for Best Foreign Film.

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  • luke

    I am happy its sweeping, it was brilliantly written, perfectly crafted, entertaining, and so so well acted

    • Natalie

      Couldn’t agree more. It deserves every award it gets.

      • A-K87

        I know taste is subjective but I think The Social Network was about as good as movie making gets.

        For me, it was the absolute pinnacle of screenwriting, directing, acting and even film scoring.

        I hope we look back in 30 years time and hale it as a classic.

      • Bette

        Your kidding right ? A classic.

      • Kerry Glamsch

        Nobody will watch The Social Network in 30 years, just as they will not watch Million Dollar Baby or Up in the Air. All well made movies, none of them classic.

      • A-K87


        Like I said, taste is subjective.

        I, A-K87, personaly hope that we look back at the film in 30 years and hale it as a classic. I purposefully typed ‘taste is subjective’ and I ‘hope’ because I presumed someone would jump all over me and accuse me of having no taste or being dum or whatever you guys say to each other to insult those who hold different opinions to yours these days.

      • A-K87

        …or insult me for mistyping ‘dumb’.

      • The Instigator

        i won’t insult you for mistyping dumb, but will laugh at you for misspelling hail…twice. (j/k)

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    • LOL2

      What happened to Resident Evil Afterlife… that was the best movie of the year.

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    • jessica

      I disagree and am baffled as to why this movie is getting so much positive critical acclaim.

    • koozebane

      It’s a great work of fiction, considering most everything was made up.

      • dvn

        so was Wizard of Oz… don’t see the relevancy of your comment.

    • Liz Lemon

      Agreed. It’s a fantastic film. One of Fincher’s best.

  • R2D2

    I am elated that Olivia Williams is getting some attention. Well-deserved and truly one of the best and most underrated performances of the year.

    If there were any justice, the Supporting Actress category at the Oscars would look like this:

    Dale Dickey “Winter’s Bone”
    Lesley Manville “Another Year”
    Rosamund Pike “Barney’s Version”
    Hailee Steinfeld “True Grit”
    Olivia Williams “The Ghost Writer”

  • Neil O

    I am glad to see some recognition for Giovanna Mezzogiorno’s great performance in “Vincere”. Her co-star Filippo Timi who played Mussolini and his son was also impressive.

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  • LOL

    Adam Sandler snubbed again!

    • Brian

      What do you mean Adam Sandler was snubbed again, the only film he was in in 2010 was Grown Ups so are you kidding here?

      • rerun

        Yeah, I think he was kidding again. His name is LOL.

      • P.

        You’re an idiot Brian

  • Brett

    I’m sorry, I’m sure it’s good… But I can’t just pay $13 to see a movie about Facebook.

    • Jennifer

      It really isn’t about Facebook. It is more about what people will do to succede, the power struggles, and the broken relationships that come from success. Really you can substitue Facebook with a lot of other products and not impact the core of the movie. It is such a great film. You should rent when it comes out Tuesday. That way, you can risk it for only a few dollars, as opposed to 13.

      • Julie in Austin

        It’s more than just “what people will do for success” because how “people do success” is different in different fields.

        As a software engineer with 30+ years experience in the field (so I predate all the web crazies and Windows fanboys), The Social Network does a fair job of capturing the social ineptitude of many within my profession.

        In “Other People’s Money”, Danny DeVito’s character can be loathed without feeling sorry that he’s a social clutz. Zuckerberg =is= a social clutz because a lot of people in the software biz have the social graces of a soggy dish rag.

      • Jennifer

        @Julie, That is very true. But I guess my larger point was just that the movie is more than some guy sitting around and playing farmville. They focus on the “humanness” of the characters. It was rather brash of me to say that facebook doesn’t matter in the movie.

      • A-K87

        I think Julie in Austin is replying to Jennifer just to somehow convince us that her opinion has more weight because she works in the industy.

        I guess I should tell you guys that my friend, Joe, has a better perspective on Inception because he is an anaesthetist.

  • Norman

    The Social Network #1? What a joke. Nerd looks crossed-eyed most of the time, steals the idea from someone else, scenes around a tabel in a lawyer’s office (how exciting), and he makes billions. The Black Swan is ten times the movie Soc-Net is and everyone knows it. I think its a Boy-Girl thing.

    • Matt

      Coming from a guy named Norman, how is it a boy-girl thing? Black Swan is a TOTALLY different film from The Social Network. It’s like comparing Pulp Fiction with Some Like it Hot. If someone asked you which was a better movie, how could you respond? They’re so different and trying to convey different things. Same thing for The Social Network (brilliant) and Black Swan (also brilliant). And sometimes you don’t NEED Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis going at it to make a movie interesting. Sometimes all you need is, oh, good dialogue and a talented cast.

      • RyRyNYC

        Which movie – in your opinion- is the Pulp Fiction and which is Some Like It Hot? (I find it funny how vastly different and gender-skewing the movies are that you use as an analogy for Social Net vs. Black Swan. You kinda just proved its a Boy-Girl thing.) My PERSONAL opinion is Black Swan was the best film of 2010 – its everything modern filmmaking should be: Great acting, original and thought provoking plot, luscious cinematography and an intense score that sets the mood for each scene.

    • Hmmm

      Black Swan would have been better if its plot/character wasn’t lifted from The Red Shoes and Repulsion. It’s a beautiful, fun, exciting film. But it’s not original, and doesn’t deserve any major accolades. This coming from someone who enjoyed Black Swan enough to see it twice.

    • koozebane


  • Jaimie

    Sorry to disagree with the general opinion, but I didn’t like it very much. I thought Social Network was completely overrated and very predictable. (Please don’t say something like: “Well, of course it was! It actually happened!”. The King’s Speech was a far better film with a much more interesting true-to-life story.

    • Alfredo

      Jaimie, I assume you also found Titanic predictable…for those of you who didn’t see Titanic SPOILER ALERT the ship sinks!

    • Linda

      I agree. I had no interest in seeing Social Network. I prefer uplifting stories not stories about greed, techno-speak, and betrayal. The Critics like to copy each other; no intellectual bravery there.

      • dvn

        thats why Disney movies are made.

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  • Casey

    This movie was extremely over-rated. The dialogue was incredible and some of the acting was pretty good but overall it was just an average movie. I wasn’t sure why this movie was hyped by critics so much.

    • Andy

      I agree that this movie was over-rated. I was kind of bored with the whole thing.

  • Barry

    At least no talent Natalie Portman (not even her real name) didn’t win anything.

    • Wes

      Yeah, Meryl Streep doesn’t use her real name, either. That totally makes her a bad actress.

    • A-K87

      What does her name have to do with how talented she is?? Please give an answer.

  • Jack

    worst moment in awards history.

  • Horse Badorties

    Actually, I think The Fighter is going to surprise everybody. Never underestimate the einsteinmachine at awards time..just sayin’

  • Brian

    P. I am not the idiot you are for even commenting on that.

  • koozebane

    Social Network was HEAVILY fictionalized. It was a one-sided film that portrayed Zuckerberg as an evil nerd out to destroy the world and all of his friends. Black Swan deserves all the awards.

    • g p

      It’s a “MOVIE”

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    • Dave

      What does it matter if it’s heavily fictionalized? It’s not winning an award for the most honest movie.

  • judy

    I’ll put my votes with the Coens True Grit. Pure genius.

  • Ninjalicious

    Although I enjoyed the Social Network it doesn’t belong in the best picture of the year category. I think the only reason why it is, is because of the the publicity that Facebook gets everyday.
    I admire Zuckerberg and his skills. As to whether or not he stole the idea is rather a difficult thing to prove. People have ideas everyday but if they don’t act on them are they good ideas or pipe dreams? We will never truely know what transpired between the twins and Mark Zuckerberg. The Twins are still beggining for more money because they feel thier initial slice of the pie wasn’t big enough. I guess they thought the company was worth X ammount of dollars? I guess they mis calculated that Facebook wasn’t going to be worth much? Ooops! Should have hired better lawyers.
    I did enjoy the acting and did find it compelling but best movie of the year? seriously.

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