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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM

And we’re off . . . to the awards races, that is

The National Board of Review, which is mainly famous for being the first out of the gate during the movie awards season, announced its winners today — thus officially kicking off three months of relentless awardgiving and listmaking until the Oscars turn out the lights on February 27. The NBR (which, if you’re wondering who they are, is made up of a “select group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts, academics, film professionals, and students” according to its website) has given its top award to “The Social Network,” which also won for director (David Fincher), actor (Jesse Eisenberg), and adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Best actress went to Lesley Manville of “Another Year” (she’s terrific, but it’s debatable whether her role is a lead), supporting actor to Christian Bale in “The Fighter” and supporting actress to Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” (unusual choice, and one I wouldn’t argue with for a second; let’s hope the Academy is watching). And here’s the group’s ten best films of the year, in alphabetical order: “Another Year,” “The Fighter,” “Hereafter,” “Inception,” “The King’s Speech,” “Shutter Island,” “The Town,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit,” and “Winter’s Bone,” which I guess is really eleven because why would they give “The Social Network” their top award otherwise? We could argue these choices until the popcorn gets stale (I’ll start: Take out “Hereafter” and “Shutter Island”; put in “127 Hours” and “Black Swan”), but the point is — it’s awards time, people. And off we go.
(To those in Seattle wondering when we’ll see some of the films mentioned, here are a few dates:
“Another Year”: January 21
“The Fighter”: December 17
“The King’s Speech”: December 25
“True Grit”: December 22
“Black Swan”: December 10)

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