Awards season scorecard: Who's won what so far
With the Golden Globe Award nominations less than a week away and virtually every critics' association ever conceived -- bet you didn't know there was a Florida Film Critics Circle, did you? -- scrambling to laud the best films of the year, we find ourselves in the thick of awards season.
Any self-respecting trophy tracker surely wants to keep tabs on where things stand in the ongoing cinematic congratulation-fest. Is "The King's Speech" emerging as a Best Picture front-runner? Or are those dang kids from "The Social Network" -- with their Internets and what not -- leading the race toward the Oscars?
With a few major awards already having been announced, here is where things stand at the moment. (And for the record, we listen to some of you talk about your fantasy football standings ALL THE TIME. And those teams are not technically even based on reality. So just indulge us, would you?)
So far, "The Social Network" has been named best picture ... twice.
Both the National Board of Review and the Washington Area Film Critics Association (of which I am a member) chose the Facebook drama as the best of 2010. The NBR also recognized 10 additional movies among the year's best, while WAFCA included four additional nominees. The only common denominators among the two lists: "Toy Story 3" and "Inception."
On the acting side, the only consistencies were that Colin Firth ("King's Speech") was named best actor by the British Independents and WAFCA, while Christian Bale's fine work in "The Fighter" won in both WAFCA's and NBR's supporting actor categories. Otherwise, honors thus far are all over the map, with Jesse Eisenberg (NBR), Jennifer Lawrence (WAFCA), Leslie Manville (NBR), Carey Mulligan (Brit Independent) and others grabbing attention for their performances.
And in the directing category, David Fincher ("The Social Network") took top prize from NBR and WAFCA, while Roman Polanski won the European Film Academy's award and Gareth Edwards was honored by the British Independent Film Awards for his work on the alien invasion indie "Monsters."
So, in summary: "The Social Network" looks likely to be a Best Picture nominee (but we knew this), David Fincher has a solid shot at a directing nod (again, pretty clear before) and the acting cartegories at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards could be dominated by the casts of "The King's Speech" and "The Fighter."
More crucial awards-season scorecard updates will be filed as developments arise.
| December 8, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
Categories: Awards Season, Movies
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