Sunday, May 26, 2024

Social Network, Firth, Bening Get New York Film Critics Awards


“The Social Network” has picked up another Best Picture nod from a critics group.

The New York Film Critics gave the film and its director David Fincher each awards this afternoon.

Best Actor and Actress are, respectively, Colin Firth and Annette Bening.

Supporting Actor and Actress: Melissa Leo, and Mark Ruffalo, for “The Fighter” and “The Kids Are All Right.”

Best Non Fiction film went to “Inside Job.” Foreign Film went to “Carlos.” First feature was awarded to “Animal Kingdom.”

It’s a reasonable list, although most of these critics groups do not predict the Academy Awards. Still, “The Social Network” is certainly popular with critics everywhere. But it may fall into the category of critics’ pets like “Milk” and “Brokeback Mountain,” which had a lot of heat from the various cities but didn’t win the Academy Award.

Meanwhile, Firth and Bening are looking strong as Oscar contenders, although Nicole Kidman may yet a post threat to Bening’s long sought after gold statue. It’s a race to the finish!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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