“The Social Network” Sweeps National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards
New York ñ Not only is Facebook the biggest social networking site in the world, but the breakout hit film chronicling its rapid rise, “The Social Network,” was also the biggest winner at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala held in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Sweeping the top three categories, “The Social Network,” took home the award for “Best Film,” David Fincher won “Best Director,” and star Jesse Eisenberg, who portrayed Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, won “Best Actor.” The film’s writer Aaron Sorkin also won “Best Adapted Screenplay.”
The “Best Actress” honors went to Lesley Manville for “Another Year.”
A bearded Ben Affleck, whose film “The Town,” which he directed and starred in, picked up the award for “Best Ensemble Cast,” attended the gala with his wife and actress Jennifer Garner. Garner donned a vibrant pink dress by Roland Mouret that brightened up the frigid evening that kicked off with the start of a winter snowstorm. Blake Lively, who also starred in the film, also attended to show her support and share in the celebration of the cast’s accolades.
Other winners included Christian Bale for “Best Supporting Actor” in “The Fighter,” Jacki Weaver, “Best Supporting Actress” in “Animal Kingdom,” and Sofia Coppola, who won the “Special Filmmaking Achievement Award” for writing, directing and producing “Somewhere.”
The first of the major awards this season given for films released last year, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards are determined by a body of 110 film critics, academics, filmmakers and students in the New York metro area.