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The Social Network Named Best Movie of 2010 

The film critics' poll

Thursday, Dec 23 2010
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BEST MOVIE

1. The Social Network

Directed by Aaron Sorkin

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314 points, 52 mentions

The Facebook movie

 

2. Carlos

Directed by Olivier Assayas

247 points, 36 mentions

The "Carlos the Jackal" movie

 

3. Winter's Bone

Directed by Debra Granik

194 points, 34 mentions

A teenager goes looking for her missing father, tries to hold what's left of her family together and navigates the unspoken codes of Missouri Ozarks life in Granik's backwoods thriller.

 

4. The Ghost Writer

Directed by Roman Polanski

163 points, 27 mentions

Writer is hired to pen a former British prime minister's memoirs. Writer travels to remote, wintry island to do so. Things are not what they seem. Intrigue ensues.

 

5. Everyone Else

Directed by Maren Ade

143 points, 26 mentions

A young, handsome couple's relationship is tested when, on Sardinian vacation, they have dinner with an older, more confident and successful pair in Ade's study in intimacy and its fallout.

 

6. Dogtooth

Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos

128 points, 20 mentions

Confined to their walled-off family estate, terrorized by their father and raised learning only an alternate language (sea = armchair, pussy = big light), three college-age children get a tiny taste of the outside world and things get even crazier.

 

7. Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

118 points, 19 mentions

A newly anointed Swan Queen goes absolutely nuts in this ballet of blood, sex and hallucination.

 

8. Mother

Directed by Bong Joon-ho

115 points, 21 mentions

When her son/village idiot is arrested for murdering a neighbor girl, the mother of horror comedy Mother goes into maternal overdrive to prove his innocence.

 

9. Wild Grass

Directed by Alain Resnais

115 points, 18 mentions

Love, or something like it, blooms between the fiery redheaded owner of a lost wallet and the older, married gentleman who finds it in 88-year-old Resnais' latest.

 

10. Toy Story 3

Directed by Lee Unkrich

109 points, 17 mentions

After a decade-plus hiatus, Andy and his toys return for Pixar's darkest, most melancholy installment yet.

 

 

BEST ACTOR

1. Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

87 points, 38 mentions

 

2. Edgar Ramirez (Carlos)

68 points, 31 mentions

 

3. Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

29 points, 14 mentions

 

4. Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)

22 points, 12 mentions

 

5. Ronald Bronstein (Daddy Longlegs)

21 points, 10 mentions

 

 

BEST ACTRESS

1. Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)

50 points, 25 mentions

 

2. Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

45 points, 23 mentions

 

3. Kim Hye-ja (Mother)

35 points, 18 mentions

 

4. Tilda Swinton (I Am Love)

33 points, 19 mentions

 

5. Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine)

32 points, 13 mentions

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)

48 points, 20 mentions

 

2. Christian Bale (The Fighter)

36 points, 16 mentions

 

3. Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)

28 points, 14 mentions

 

4. Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)

24 points, 12 mentions

 

5. Pierce Brosnan (The Ghost Writer)

23 points, 11 mentions

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

44 points, 21 mentions

 

2. Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer)

26 points, 12 mentions

 

2. Dale Dickey (Winter's Bone)

26 points, 11 mentions

 

4. Greta Gerwig (Greenberg)

24 points, 9 mentions

 

5. Mila Kunis (Black Swan)

19 points, 8 mentions

 

 

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Olivier Assayas (Carlos)

13 mentions

 

2. David Fincher (The Social Network)

11 mentions

 

3. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

6 mentions

 

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

1. Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

25 mentions

 

2. Maren Ade (Everyone Else)

5 mentions

 

2. Robert Harris and Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer)

5 mentions

 

4. Olivier Assayas and Dan Franck (Carlos)

4 mentions

 

4. Noah Baumbach (Greenberg)

4 mentions

 

4. Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right)

4 mentions

 

4. Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini (Winter's Bone)

4 mentions

 

4. Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime)

4 mentions

 

BEST UNDISTRIBUTED FILM

1. Film Socialisme

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

34 points, 17 mentions

 

2. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

Directed by Andrei Ujica

21 points, 8 mentions

 

3. Mysteries of Lisbon

Directed by Raoul Ruiz

19 points, 9 mentions

 

4. Black Venus

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

16 points, 8 mentions

 

5. The White Meadows

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

15 points, 6 mentions

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Exit Through the Gift Shop

13 mentions

 

2. The Oath

9 mentions

 

2. Sweetgrass

9 mentions

 

4. Boxing Gym

7 mentions

 

4. Inside Job

7 mentions

 

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM

1. Toy Story 3

33 mentions

 

2. The Illusionist

11 mentions

 

3. My Dog Tulip

5 mentions

 

3. Despicable Me

5 mentions

 

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

1. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)

14 mentions

 

2. Animal Kingdom (David Michod)

8 mentions

 

3. Night Catches Us (Tanya Hamilton)

7 mentions

 

WORST FILM

1. The Last Airbender

4 mentions

 

2. Inception

4 mentions

 

3. Hereafter

3 mentions

 

For full results and individual ballots, visit laweekly.com/filmpoll.

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