“I surrender to Social Network inevitability,” a critic friend just wrote in an email. “A juggernaut, apparently.” One of the indicators he was referring to were the awards announced today by the New York Film Critics Online (which should of course be called the New York Online Film Critics, or NYOFC). They went with Network for three top awards — Best Picture, Best Director to David Fincher and Best Screenplay to Aaron Sorkin.
James Franco won Best Actor for his performance in 127 Hours , and Natalie Portman, of course, won Best Actress for her performance in Black Swan. Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, and his costar Melissa Leo won for Best Supporting Actress.
Noomi Repace‘s one-facial-expression performance (i.e., glaring rage) in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo won a Breakthrough Performer award? Really? Company Man director John Wells won the org’s Hotshot New Director award, or whatever they call it. The Kids Are All Right, totally shut out so far by other critics groups, was given an Ensemble Cast award.
The NYFCO’s Best Documentary award went to Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop. Their Best Foreign Language Film trophy went to I Am Love. Toy Story 3 won for Best Animated Feature. “Matty” Labatique‘s cinematography won for Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky‘s film also won for Best Film Music or Score.
Commentary from an NYFCO memer: “Best Picture was a first-round slamdunk, as was screenplay and director (Aronofsky was a close second). Natalie Portman also won by a substantial margin but Breakthrough Performer Noomi Rapace fared well in the actress category.
“The closest races were foreign language, doc and animated where I Am Love won in the third round by one point over The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Toy Story 3 beat The Illusionist by just two points in the first round. Exit through the Gift Shop just beat Waiting for Superman for doc in a third round.
“Bale and Leo were both first-round wins but supporting were the only categories where The Fighter had significant showing. Neither True Grit nor The Fighter made NYFCO’s top 10…. and the oddly absent actor that no one nominated, not one person? Robert Duvall. Might want to reassess the actor and move Jesse Eisenberg into that position.”