The Social Network has a way of making friends—and awards-season buzz.
The Facebook movie was named Best Picture today by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin also took honors.
So, who didn't win?
Just about anybody you've ever heard of.
Outside of Colin Firth, an Oscar frontrunner named Best Actor for The King's Speech, the L.A. critics bypassed the usual bold-faced suspects (James Franco, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, Michael Douglas, etc.) in favor of Korean actress Kim Hye-ja, French actor Niels Arestrup and Australian actress Jackie Weaver, who, granted, made a splash at the National Board of Review awards.
Toy Story 3 was so good the scribes couldn't find an obscure hand-drawn toon that they liked better—they named the Disney blockbuster the year's top animated film.
While the L.A. critics are not at all in the Oscar-predicting business, their last Best Picture pick, The Hurt Locker, did go onto Academy Awards glory. And that oughta rate a "like" from The Social Network.
Here's a select rundown of today's winners:
Best Film: The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Best Actress: Kim Hye-ja, Mother
Best Supporting Actor: Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network; Olivier Assayas, Carlos (tie)
Best Screenplay: The Social Network
Animation: Toy Story 3
Foreign Language Film: Carlos
Documentary: Last Train Home