Jesse Eisenberg makes his Mark (Zuckerberg) with critics.
The Toronto Film Critics Association joined a growing number of organizations in naming The Social Network the best film of 2010. The movie also claimed awards for David Fincher's direction, Aaron Sorkin's screenplay, star Jesse Eisenberg and supporting actor Armie Hammer.
(Full disclosure: I'm currently the TFCA's vice-president.)
Two young breakouts, Jennifer Lawrence of Winter's Bone and Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit, were named best actress and best supporting actress respectively. And in a rather remarkable upset of which I am inordinately proud, How To Train Your Dragon took best animated feature over Toy Story 3.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cannes-winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was named best foreign-language film (and came in as a runner-up for best picture), while Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop was honoured as both best documentary and best first feature.
Toronto filmmaker Daniel Cockburn, whose feature debut You Are Here was one of the best Canadian films I saw at TIFF, won this year's Jay Scott Prize for emerging talent, which comes with a cash prize of $5,000. And Bruce McDonald was honoured with a special citation recognizing his ridiculously productive year, during which he made and released four features including This Movie Is Broken and Trigger.
The nominees for the TFCA's best Canadian feature prize are Denis Villeneuve's Incendies, Vincenzo Natali's Splice and Bruce McDonald's Trigger. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner January 12, 2011.
The Social Network
(Runners-up: Black Swan; Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
(Runners-up: Colin Firth, The King's Speech; James Franco, 127 Hours)
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
(Runners-up: Natalie Portman, Black Swan; Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Armie Hammer, The Social Network
(Runners-up: Christian Bale, The Fighter; Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
(Runners-up: Amy Adams, The Fighter; Melissa Leo, The Fighter)
David Fincher, The Social Network
(Runners-up: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan; Christopher Nolan, Inception)
The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin
(Runners-up: The King's Speech, written by David Seidler; True Grit, written by Joel and Ethan Coen)
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Exit Through The Gift Shop, directed by Banksy
(Runners-up: Get Low, directed by Aaron Schneider; Monsters, directed by Gareth Edwards)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
How To Train Your Dragon
(Runners-up: Despicable Me; Toy Story 3)
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(Runners-up: Mother; Of Gods And Men)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Exit Through The Gift Shop
(Runners-up: Inside Job; Marwencol)
JAY SCOTT PRIZE for emerging talent
Writer-director Daniel Cockburn (You Are Here)
SPECIAL CITATION to Bruce McDonald, who directed four movies in 2010: This Movie Is Broken, Trigger, Music From The Big House and Hard Core Logo 2
ROGERS CANADIAN FILM AWARD NOMINEES
Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve
Splice, directed by Vincenzo Natali
Trigger, directed by Bruce McDonald