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

December 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

“Social Network” leads critics’ awards

A slew of movie awards have been announced in the past week (most from critics’ groups, but also the Independent Spirit Awards, the British Independent Film awards, and others), and the good people at IndieWire have kindly consolidated the results thus far. I’m passing them along because it’s interesting to see the consensus, or lack of; whether this means much for Oscar season remains to be seen. (In general, the nominations from the various guilds — DGA, PGA, WGA, SAG — tend to run closer to the Academy Awards, as the guild members are more likely than critics to be Academy voters.) Here are winners so far in the major categories; if you want even more detail; IndieWire lists the nominees in each category as well.
Best Picture: “The Social Network” by a mile, with wins in seven from seven different groups. “Winter’s Bone,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Ghost Writer” trail, with one win each.
Best Director: Again, seven wins for David Fincher for “The Social Network”; followed by one each for Christopher Nolan (“Inception”), Roman Polanski (“The Ghost Writer”), Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) and Olivier Assayas (“Carlos”). (Note that there’s one extra win here; the LA Film Critics Association gave it to both Fincher and Assayas in a tie.)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) leads with five wins, followed by two each for Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) and James Franco (“127 Hours”) and one for Ewan McGregor (“The Ghost Writer”).
Best Actress: A more divided field here, though Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) leads with four wins. Following, with one each: Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”), Lesley Manville (“Another Year”), Carey Mulligan (“Never Let Me Go”), Kim Hye-Ja (“Mother”), and Sylvie Testaud (“Lourdes”).
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) has five wins, followed by Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) with two and Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Niels Arestrup (“A Prophet”) with one.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) has three wins; Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) have two each, and Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech) and Juliette Lewis (“Conviction”) one each.
Elsewhere, Aaron Sorkin’s script for “The Social Network” seems to have a lock on the screenplay awards; documentary awards are all over the place (“Exit Through the Gift Shop” and “Inside Job” are the only ones with more than one win); and “Toy Story 3,” not surprisingly, leads the animated offerings. So tell me, do you follow these awards? Do you wait until Oscar season? Or do you ignore?

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