By Jake Howell
The Social Network" as the clear front runner going into the Academy Awards. David Fincher’s highly-acclaimed film won Best Picture honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Online.
Honestly, very few surprises came from any of these awards, with the exception of Juliette Lewis winning Best Supporting Actress from the Boston Society of Film Critics for her role in Conviction.
While these awards have a reputation as being a poor predictor of the Oscars, Kim Hye-ja from "Bong Joon-Ho’s Mother" and Niels Arestrup from "A Prophet" both won in their respective acting categories from the LA Film Critics Association. Note: "A Prophet" was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 83rd Academy Awards (this year).
Also on Sunday, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced their annual list of the ten best films of the year. Of course, being the American Film Institute, the organization only names the 10 best films that are primarily produced with US money; therefore a movie like "The King’s Speech" wasn’t eligible to make the list (though it did win a special recognition award, along with the documentary "Waiting For Superman.")
Here is AFI’s list for this year , in alphabetical order: "127 Hours," "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The Social Network," "The Town," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter’s Bone."
That's your roundup.
2010 Awards winners:
• Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
• Los Angeles Film Critics Association
• Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
• New York Film Critics Online
• American Film Institute (AFI)