National Board of Review likes Facebook film The Social Network

David Fincher's web business drama takes a cluster of titles at US awards, while Britain's Lesley Manville bags best actress

David Fincher's Facebook film, The Social Network, has cleaned up at the National Board of Review's awards for the best films of 2010. As well as being named film of the year, it earned Fincher the best director prize as well as best actor for Jesse Eisenberg (who played Mark Zuckerberg) and best adapted screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

The announcement will add to the growing momentum behind Fincher's picture, which is nudging the $200m mark in worldwide takings. Annie Schulhof, the NBR's president, praised the film's cross-generational appeal and predicted it would have a long shelf life. Fincher also won the NBR's award for best director in 2008 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The board listed nine other films as their runners-up for best of the year. In alphabetical order, they are: Another Year, The Fighter, Hereafter, Inception, The King's Speech, Shutter Island, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.

Britain's Lesley Manville won the best actress award for her role in Mike Leigh's Another Year, while Christian Bale picked up best supporting actor for his work in The Fighter. The career achievement award went to Sofia Coppola.

The NBR, comprising 110 film critics and historians, has been functioning for over a century and is the oldest independent industry group in the US. The awards will be presented on 11 January in New York.

The full list

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 language film: Of Gods and Men
Best documentary: Waiting for 'Superman'
Best animated feature: Toy Story 3
Best ensemble cast: The Town
Best breakthrough performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Best debut directors: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo
Spotlight award: Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati, The Illusionist
Best original screenplay: Chris Sparling, Buried
Best adapted screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Special film-making 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
Production design award: Dante Ferretti, Shutter Island


Catherine Shoard

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