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The Social Network Tops Village Voice/LA Weekly Critics Poll

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 22, 2010 at 2:02AM

Lo and behold, The Social Network tops yet another critics list--the Village Voice/LA Weekly Year-End Poll--by a good margin, followed by Carlos, Winter's Bone and The Ghost Writer. Olivier Assayas won best director for Carlos, followed by The Social Network's David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer). The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin won for best screenplay, followed by Maren Ade (Everyone Else), Robert Harris and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer) and Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime).
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Lo and behold, The Social Network tops yet another critics list--the Village Voice/LA Weekly Year-End Poll--by a good margin, followed by Carlos, Winter's Bone and The Ghost Writer. Olivier Assayas won best director for Carlos, followed by The Social Network's David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer). The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin won for best screenplay, followed by Maren Ade (Everyone Else), Robert Harris and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer) and Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime).

A Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg won best actor, folllowed by Edgar Ramirez (Carlos), Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine. Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence led the actresses, followed by Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Kim Hye-ja (Mother) and Tilda Swinton (I Am Love). Winter's Bone's John Hawkes won best supporting actor, followed by Christian Bale (The Fighter), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right). Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver won best supporting actress, followed by Dale Dickey (Winter's Bone), Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer), and Greta Gerwig (Greenberg). Banksy won best first feature and best documentary for Exit Through the Gift Shop. Animated Feature went to Toy Story 3, followed by The Illusionist, Despicable Me and My Dog Tulip.

85 critics from across the country participated, ranking their favorite films that opened in 2010 in 13 categories. Here's my list. The full film list is pasted below.

The Social Network 314 52
Carlos 247 36
Winter's Bone 194 34
The Ghost Writer 163 27
Everyone Else 143 26
Dogtooth 128 20
Black Swan 118 19
Wild Grass 115 18
Mother 115 21
Toy Story 3 109 17
I Am Love 108 19
White Material 106 16
Exit Through the Gift Shop 93 17
Another Year 91 17
Vincere 89 15
Secret Sunshine 84 12
Enter the Void 80 15
Greenberg 75 13
A Prophet 72 14
Our Beloved Month of August 70 11
The Kids Are All Right 69 14
Shutter Island 67 15
Inside Job 58 11
Lourdes 54 10
Red Riding Trilogy 52 7
The King's Speech 52 9
Sweetgrass 51 10
Inception 51 12
The Strange Case of Angelica 49 7
Blue Valentine 48 8
Alamar 46 7
The Oath 46 7
Boxing Gym 45 10
World on a Wire 41 7
Life During Wartime 40 6
Last Train Home 40 6
Please Give 38 7
Let Me In 37 6
Hadewijch 37 7
Never Let Me Go 36 6
True Grit 36 8
Bluebeard 35 7
Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl 33 8
Animal Kingdom 33 7
Father of My Children 29 8
Trash Humpers 28 4
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 27 6
Four Lions 26 4
Somewhere 26 4
Daddy Longlegs 26 6
Fish Tank 25 5
Splice 24 6
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench 24 5
Amer 22 4
127 Hours 21 6
Lebanon 21 4
Around a Small Mountain 16 4
Liverpool 14 2
Catfish 14 3
Rabbit Hole 13 3
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno 13 3
Ghost Town 12 2
Ne change rien 12 4
Tiny Furniture 12 3
The Square 12 2
Restrepo 12 3
No One Knows About Persian Cats 11 2
October Country 11 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 11 2
Night Catches Us 11 3
The Tillman Story 10 1
Fair Game 10 2
Valhalla Rising 10 1
The Exploding Girl 10 3
45365 10 3
Mother and Child 10 1
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work 9 3
I Love You Phillip Morris 9 3
Audrey the Trainwreck 9 1
The Illusionist 9 3
Road to Nowhere 9 1
Prodigal Sons 8 2
12th and Delaware 8 1
The Portuguese Nun 8 2
Inspector Bellamy 8 3
Step Up 3D 8 1
Survival of the Dead 8 1
Buried 8 3
Ondine 8 3
Jackass 3D 8 2
Heartbreaker 8 1
Howl 7 1
Nowhere Boy 7 2
And Everything Is Going Fine 7 1
Oceans 7 1
I'm Still Here 7 2
Monsters 7 2
Marwencol 7 1
War Don Don 7 1
The City of Your Final Destination 7 2
Farewell 7 1
The Eclipse 6 2
Soul Kitchen 6 2
The Expendables 6 1
The American 6 1
The Secret of Kells 6 1
The Anchorage 6 2
My Dog Tulip 6 2
The Red Chapel 6 1
Greeenberg 6 1
The Milk of Sorrow 5 1
44 Inch Chest 5 1
The Sicilian Girl 5 1
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5 1
Jolene 5 1
Police, Adjective 5 1
Leaving 5 1
The Runaways 5 1
The Temptation of St. Tony 5 1
Piranha 3D 5 1
Best Worst Movie 5 1
The Runner 5 1
Cyrus 5 1
Prince of Broadway 5 1
Waiting for Superman 5 1
Idiots and Angels 5 1
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 4 1
Stone 4 1
Ajami 4 1
Unstoppable 4 2
Despicable Me 4 1
The Way Back 3 1
Easy A 3 2
Youth in Revolt 2 1
Kawasaki's Rose 2 1
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2 1
Machete 2 1
The Other Guys 2 1
Easier with Practice 2 1
Kick-Ass 2 1
Waste Land 2 1
[REC] 2 2 1
Mesrine 2 1
Lovely Still 2 1
Raavan 2 1
The Town 1 1
Wah Do Dem 1 1
Breaking Upwards 1 1
The Next Three Days 1 1
The Good, the Bad, the Weird 1 1
Twelve 1 1
Piranha 1 1
The Thorn in the Heart 1 1
The Secret in Their Eyes 1 1
Green Zone 1 1
Have You Heard from Johannesburg 1 1
Salt 1 1


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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.