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The Social Network Leads IndieWIRE Critics, Gold Derby Polls

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2010 at 8:41AM

Yet again, The Social Network is proving itself to be a consensus title among critics. It tops indieWIRE's critics poll. Many also loved Winter's Bone or Black Swan, but they all love The Social Network. It may not be number one on every critic's list, but it's in just about every top five. 71 of the 124 voters in the poll mentioned it on their list. The next most popular film among IW's polled critics was Olivier Assayas’ biopic mini-series Carlos--Assayas led the 2009 list with Summer Hours.
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Yet again, The Social Network is proving itself to be a consensus title among critics. It tops indieWIRE's critics poll. Many also loved Winter's Bone or Black Swan, but they all love The Social Network. It may not be number one on every critic's list, but it's in just about every top five. 71 of the 124 voters in the poll mentioned it on their list. The next most popular film among IW's polled critics was Olivier Assayas’ biopic mini-series Carlos--Assayas led the 2009 list with Summer Hours.

To those who say that The Social Networks' huge success with critics presages an Academy Award Best Picture win--including Gold Derby's Oscar experts--remember that critics are not Academy members. All this success is helping the movie, no question, but it doesn't change the fact that The King's Speech remains a soft lob down the middle for Oscar voters. They love this movie. So don't count it out just yet.

This article is related to: Awards, Stuck In Love, Reviews, Oscars, Critics Groups, Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.