By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 13, 2010 at 6:50AM
The Social Network wins again. The New York Film Critics also voted The Social Network as the year's best film, and gave best director to David Fincher. This film was simply the one that critics could agree on, as opposed to others with both promoters and detractors. But this string of wins does push the film into that must-see winner's circle. The film also won the Los Angeles critics and other critics groups. The King's Speech's Colin Firth won best actor, again. And The Kids Are All Right scored some needed wins as Annette Bening won best actress, Mark Ruffalo best supporting actor, and Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg best screenplay--a surprise win over Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network. Debra Granik's Winter's Bone was shut out.
Chair Armond White (The New York Press) was uncharacteristally upbeat: ”This year's choices reflect the current critical mindset. It's proof that it's always a good year for movies.” The complete list of award winners is below:
Best Film – “The Social Network“
Best Director – David Fincher (“The Social Network“)
Best Screenplay – Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg (“The Kids AreAll Right”)
Best Actress – Annette Bening (for “The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Actor – Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech“)
Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”)
Best Supporting Actor – Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Cinematography – Matthew Libatique (“The Black Swan”)
Best Animated Film – “The Illusionist”
Best Non-fiction Film – “Inside Job”
Best Foreign Language Film - “Carlos”
Best First Feature – “Animal Kingdom”
The annual awards presentation will take place on Monday, January 10.