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Critics' Choice Awards opt for The Social Network in the US

The Social Network

Story by Jack Foley

THE Social Network took another significant step towards Oscar glory on Friday night (January 14, 2011), winning the best picture award and best director prize for David Fincher.

The film also picked up best adapted screenplay and best score.

Colin Firth took home best actor for The King’s Speech, Natalie Portman was crowned best actress for Black Swan and Christian Bale scooped best supporting actor for his performance in The Fighter.

Bale’s co-star, Melissa Leo, took the best supporting actress prize.

But it was Inception that led all films, though, with six awards in total, most for technical achievement.

Commenting on her win, a delighted and visibly pregnant Portman praised her director, Darren Aronofsky, saying: “You made me skinny and you’re indirectly responsible for making me fat because you introduced me to my love.

The comment came in reference to her fiance, who serves as the film’s choreographer, Benjamin Millepied. The two are expecting their first child together later this year.

“I’m incredibly thankful for that special gift,” she added.

Bale, meanwhile, dedicated his prize to the real-life Dicky Eklund, whom he portrays on screen, saying: “This feels great because I feel like he’s winning as well.”

The main award winners are:

BEST PICTURE
The Social Network

BEST ACTOR
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale – The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Fighter

BEST DIRECTOR
David Fincher – The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Inception – Wally Pfister

BEST ART DIRECTION
Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 3

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Inception

BEST COMEDY
Easy A

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
The Pacific

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Waiting for ‘Superman’

BEST SONG
If I Rise – performed by Dido and A.R. Rahman/music by A.R. Rahman/lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong – 127 Hours

BEST SCORE
The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross