SEFCA names The Social Network the year's best film

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The Social Network
  • The Social Network

By Matt Brunson

The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) yesterday named The Social Network the Best Picture of 2010 in its 19th annual voting. The absorbing look at controversial Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg earned a total of four awards, with its other victories coming in the categories of Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin, adapting Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires), and the new category of Best Ensemble. [Complete list of winners at end of story.]

The King's Speech, which was first runner-up in the Best Picture race, and True Grit were the only other films to win more than one award. The King's Speech won three prizes, for Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler), while True Grit nabbed two, for Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld) and the year's other new category, Best Cinematography.

In the final acting category, Natalie Portman took Best Actress for her performance as a tortured ballerina in Black Swan. The group's other picks were Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Film, Inside Job for Best Documentary and South Korea's Mother for Best Foreign-Language Film.

In its sixth year, the Wyatt Award went to writer-director Debra Granik’s Winter's Bone, a searing drama set in the Ozarks. Named after the late SEFCA member Gene Wyatt, the prize seeks to honor one film each year that best embodies the essence of the South.

In addition to naming its Best Picture, SEFCA also releases its Top 10 for the year. The complete list follows.

The King's Speech
  • The King's Speech

TOP TEN FILMS

1. The Social Network

2. The King’s Speech

3. Winter’s Bone

4. Black Swan

5. Inception

6. True Grit

7. Toy Story 3

8. 127 Hours

9. The Fighter

10. The Kids Are All Right

BEST ACTOR

Colin Firth - The King’s Speech

* Runner-up: James Franco - 127 Hours

BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman - Black Swan

* Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech

* Runner-up: Christian Bale - The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

* Runner-up: Melissa Leo - The Fighter

BEST DIRECTOR

David Fincher - The Social Network

* Runner-up: Christopher Nolan - Inception

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

David Seidler - The King’s Speech

* Runner-up: Christopher Nolan - Inception

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network

* Runner-up: Debra Granik - Winter’s Bone

BEST ENSEMBLE

The Social Network

* Runner-up: Winter’s Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Inside Job

* Runner-up: Exit Through the Gift Shop

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

Mother (South Korea)

* Runner-up: Biutiful (Mexico)

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Toy Story 3

* Runner-up: How To Train Your Dragon

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roger Deakin - True Grit

* Runner-up: Wally Pfister - Inception

The GENE WYATT AWARD for FILM THAT BEST EVOKES THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH

Winter’s Bone

* Runner-up: Get Low

The Southeastern Film Critics Association is comprised of journalists from nine states representing the Southeastern section of the United States. This year, 43 members participated in the voting.

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