Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Toronto Film Critics Association 2010 Awards

The Social Network continues its winning ways with critics' groups as the Toronto Film Critics Association announced its awards today. David Fincher's drama took five prizes - Best Picture, Best Director (Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer). The win by Hammer is a surprise, as the runners-up Geoffrey Rush and Christian Bale are considered favourites going into the Oscars. Using the similar technology that he used in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fincher had Hammer play the Winklevoss twins and often placed Hammer's face over a body double to create the effect.

The runners-up for Best Picture were
Black Swan and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives did, however, win for Best Foreign Language Film. Exit Through the Gift Shop was named both Best First Feature and Best Documentary. The winner for Best Animated Feature was How to Train Your Dragon.

Bruce McDonald received a special citation for making four features in 2010. They were This Movie is Broken, Trigger, Music from the Big House and Hard Core Logo 2.


The Social Network dominates a diverse slate of winners that
range from the Thai jungle and the Ozark Mountains
to the wilds of urban street art

The Social Network, David Fincher’s incisive drama about the tangled creation of Facebook, dominated the 2010 awards of the Toronto Film Critics Association, winning five awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

Jesse Eisenberg was named Best Actor for his performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, while his co-star Armie Hammer took Best Supporting Actor for his dual role as Zuckerberg’s well-bred nemeses, the Winklevoss twins.  Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires” won the Best Screenplay prize.

 “In our final discussions Sunday afternoon, again and again The Social Network galvanized broad support from our members,” said TFCA President Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean’s. “There was a strong sentiment that we’re not just recognizing a superbly crafted ‘movie of the moment’ that spins a creation myth of cyber-capitalism. We appreciate what it represents in popular American film culture—an intelligent moral drama told from multiple viewpoints with a complex protagonist who is neither hero nor villain.”

More details of the 14th annual TFCA awards, which were announced today:

  • Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Actress for her breakout role as a young woman who challenges her Ozark Mountains community to look for her missing father in Winter’s Bone, while newcomer Hailee Steinfeld took Best Supporting Actress for her debut performance in True Grit as an 1870s teenager avenging her father’s murder.
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop, an inventive puzzle of a documentary about street art directed by the artist known as Banksy, won the Best First Feature prize in addition to the Allan King Documentary Award.
  • DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon received the Best Animated Feature award, while Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – a runner-up for Best Picture – was named Best Foreign-Language Film.
“As we ended up championing a remarkable diversity of styles,” said Johnson, “there was much discussion about what these films mean about where cinema is headed—whether it be the immersive magic realism of Uncle Boonmee, the ruthless neo-realism of Winter’s Bone, or the subversive mischief of Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

The 2010 TFCA Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Toronto’s Nota Bene restaurant on January 12, 2011, hosted by Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival. There the TFCA will also name the winner of the Rogers Best Canadian Feature Award, which carries a $15,000 cash prize. The three pictures nominated are: Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve, winner of last year’s Canadian Feature award for Polytechnique; Splice, directed by Vincenzo Natali, and Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald.

In addition, the TFCA voted a special citation recognizing Bruce McDonald for a banner year. He made four features in 2010: This Movie is Broken, Trigger, Music from the Big House, and Hard Core Logo 2.

The TFCA will also present the second annual Jay Scott Prize for emerging talent, which carries a $5,000 prize. This year it will go to Toronto writer-director Daniel Cockburn, whose wildly original feature debut, a wry cosmic puzzle called You Are Here, has been winning raves on the festival circuit. The TFCA will also inaugurate the Deluxe Student Film Award, which gives $3,000 in post-production services to a student filmmaker. The winner will be chosen by TFCA members voting on shorts submitted by film departments at Humber College, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and York University.  The result will be announced at the awards dinner.

Please note: under the TFCA’s guidelines, contenders eligible for the awards include films released in Canada in 2010 plus films that qualify for the 2010 Oscars and have Canadian distribution scheduled by the end of February 2011.

The TFCA is especially grateful to founding sponsor, Rogers Communications Inc., and welcomes new sponsors RBC, Porter Airlines and Deluxe Toronto. The TFCA also thanks the ongoing generosity of its additional sponsors: Maclean’s magazine, Nota Bene, Moet & Chandon, Four Seasons Hotel, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Cineplex Entertainment, the Globe and Mail, and Citytv.

Established in 1997 the Toronto Film Critics Association is comprised of Toronto based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary.  All major dailies, weeklies and a variety of other print and electronic outlets are represented.

Members of the TFCA also participate in the International Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI).  As such, they have sat on juries at festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Palm Springs, Chicago, Pusan, Moscow, Amsterdam, London and Vienna, among others.

The full list of Toronto Film Critics Association Awards winners and runners-up follows.

    The Social Network (Sony Pictures)
    Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (filmswelike)

    Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
    Colin Firth, The King's Speech
    James Franco, 127 Hours

    Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
    Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

    Armie Hammer, The Social Network
    Christian Bale, The Fighter
    Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

    Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
    Amy Adams, The Fighter
    Melissa Leo, The Fighter

    David Fincher, The Social Network
    Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
    Christopher Nolan, Inception

    The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin
        based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich
    The King's Speech, written by David Seidler
    True Grit, written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
        based on the novel by Charles Portis

    Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy
    Get Low, directed by Aaron Schneider
    Monsters, directed by Gareth Edwards

    How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation)
    Despicable Me (Universal Studios)
    Toy Story 3 (Disney●Pixar)

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (filmswelike)
    Mother (Mongrel Media)
    Of Gods and Men (Mongrel Media)

    Exit Through the Gift Shop (Mongrel Media)
    Inside Job (Mongrel Media)
    Marwencol (KinoSmith Inc.)

JAY SCOTT PRIZE for emerging talent
    writer-director Daniel Cockburn (You Are Here)

    to Bruce McDonald, who directed four movies in 2010:
    This Movie is Broken, Trigger, Music from the Big House and Hard Core Logo 2

Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve
Splice, directed by Vincenzo Natali
Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald

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