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    Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
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    Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you call a frontrunner.

    Unlike other prestigious trophy givers who bother with nominations, the National Board of Review cut right to the chase today and named The Social Network the Best Picture of the Year.

    Which is just one of the leading four awards it picked up. But you'll never guess who the Board thinks is the new George Clooney...

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    It's Jesse Eisenberg!

    Along with the main prize, the Facebook-conceiving flick also earned its main star a Best Actor award, the prize taken home by Clooney last year, as well as the Best Director nod for David Ficherand writing kudos for Aaron Sorkin, who won Best Adapted Screenplay.

    Which could either be really good news for the film, or really, really good news for the film.

    While the National Board of Review isn't the most accurate harbinger for Oscar night, like all awards shows that take place in the lead up to the Academy Awards, it does count for something. While last year's Best Picture winner, Up in the Air, failed to score the same prize at the Oscars, the previous two recipients of the Board's honor, Slumdog Millionaire and No Country For Old Men, did wind up at the podium come Oscar night.

    So, get those grains of salt ready.

    Meanwhile, the Best Supporting Actor prize went to Christian Bale, for his work in The Fighter, and Ben Affleck, Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall need to collectively clear a space on their mantles, as the group nabbed the award for Best Ensemble Cast.

    Rounding out the acting categories were Another Year's Lesley Manville, and Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver, who took home Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress honors, respectively. Winter's Bone star Jennifer Lawrence, coming off a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination, earner the Breakthrough Performance award.

    Toy Story 3 was named Best Animated Feature, and the plaudits didn't stop there. As always, the Board named a heap of other honorable mentions for the year, breaking down the top 10 films, top 10 independent films, 5 best documentaries (including one from our own Fashion Police chief Joan Rivers!), and 5 best foreign films.

    The ceremony, hosted by Meredith Vieira, will take place Jan. 11. Here's the complete list of winners:

    Best Film: The Social Network
    Best Director:
    David Fincher, The Social Network
    Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
    Best Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year
    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
    Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
    Best Foreign Language Film:
    Of Gods and Men
    Best Documentary: Waiting for "Superman"
    Best Animated Feature:
    Toy Story 3
    Best Ensemble Cast:
    The Town
    Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
    Debut Directors: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo
    Spotlight Award: Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati, The Illusionist
    Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparling, Buried
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
    Special Filmmaking Achievement Award:
    Sofia Coppola for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere
    William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin
    NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game, Conviction, Howl
    Production Design Award:
    Dante Ferretti, Shutter Island

    10 Best Films
    Another Year
    The Fighter
    The King's Speech
    The Town
    Toy Story 3
    True Grit
    Winter's Bone

    5 Best Foreign-Language Films
    I Am Love
    Life, Above All
    Soul Kitchen
    White Material

    5 Best Documentaries
    A Film Unfinished
    Inside Job
    Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
    The Tillman Story

    Top 10 Independent Films
    Animal Kingdom
    Fish Tank
    The Ghost Writer
    Let Me In
    Please Give
    Youth in Revolt

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