Facebook drama notches eight Chicago Film Critics nominations

  • Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network

    Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network

Updated 12/17/2010 5:55 PM

David Fincher's Facebook drama "The Social Network" befriended the Chicago Film Critics Friday with eight nominations, including Best Picture, Director and Actor.

"Black Swan," "Inception," "The King's Speech" and the independent drama "Winter's Bone" also earned nominations for best picture.


Four films won six nods: "The King's Speech," "Black Swan," "Winter's Bone" and "True Grit."

"The King's Speech" depicts King George VI's struggle to overcome stuttering with help from an Aussie therapist.

"Black Swan" traces the psychotic and emotional breakdown of a ballerina who wants to be great at any cost.

Indie drama "Winter's Bone" follows a backwoods teen's quest to save her home and family from foreclosure.

Joel and Ethan Coen's remake of the western classic "True Grit" (opens Dec. 22) lets Jeff Bridges take over John Wayne's Oscar-winning role as a boozing U.S. marshal.

"Inception" is a mind-bending thriller about professional thieves who steal ideas by entering people's dreams.

Vying for best actor plaudits are Colin Firth as King George VI in "The King's Speech," James Franco as a trapped hiker in "127 Hours," Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," Ryan Gosling as part of a marriage gone bad in "Blue Valentine," and Jeff Bridges donning Rooster Cogburn's eye patch in "True Grit."

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Best actress nominees include Annette Bening as a lesbian parent in "The Kids Are All Right," Jennifer Lawrence as a teen searching for her father in "Winter's Bone," Lesley Manville as the self-pitying woman in "Another Year," Natalie Portman as a driven ballerina in "Black Swan" and Michelle Williams in a marriage gone bad in "Blue Valentine."

Best supporting actor nominees include Christian Bale as a boxer and crack addict in "The Fighter," Andrew Garfield as the CFO of "The Social Network," John Hawkes as the reclusive uncle in "Winter's Bone," Mark Ruffalo as the third point of a romantic triangle in "The Kids Are All Right," and Geoffrey Rush as an eccentric speech therapist in "The King's Speech."

Best supporting actress nominees include Melissa Leo and Amy Adams as strong-willed feuding women in "The Fighter," Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth in "The King's Speech," Jacki Weaver as an Australian Ma Barker in "Animal Kingdom," and Hailee Steinfeld as the vengeful girl in "True Grit."

The CFCA nominations for 2010:

PICTURE: "Black Swan," "Inception," "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "Winter's Bone."


DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David Fincher for "The Social Network," Debra Granik "Winter's Bone," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," Christopher Nolan for "Inception."

ACTOR: Jeff Bridges in "True Grit," Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network," Colin Firth in "The King's Speech," James Franco in "127 Hours," Ryan Gosling in "Blue Valentine."

ACTRESS: Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right," Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone," Lesley Manville in "Another Year," Natalie Portman in "Black Swan," Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine."

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale in "The Fighter," Andrew Garfield in "The Social Network," John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone," Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right," Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech."

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams in "The Fighter," Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech," Melissa Leoin "The Fighter," Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit," Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom."

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: "Black Swan" (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz & John McLaughlin), "Four Lions" (Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain & Chris Morris), "Inception" (Christopher Nolan), "The Kids Are All Right" (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg), "The King's Speech" (David Seidler).

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: "Rabbit Hole" (David Lindsay Abaire), "The Social Network" (Aaron Sorkin), "Toy Story 3" (Michael Arndt), "True Grit" (Joel & Ethan Coen), "Winter's Bone" (Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini).

CINEMATOGRAPHY: "Black Swan" (Matthew Libatique), "Inception" (Wally Pfister), "Shutter Island" (Robert Richardson), "The Social Network" (Jeff Cronenweth), "True Grit" (Roger Deakins).

ORIGINAL SCORE: "Black Swan" (Clint Mansell), "I Am Love" (John Adams), "Inception" (Hans Zimmer), "The Social Network" (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross), "True Grit" (Carter Burwell).

DOCUMENTARY: "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Inside Job," "Restrepo," "The Tillman Story," "Waiting for Superman."

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Biutiful," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "I Am Love," "Mother," "A Prophet."

ANIMATED FEATURE: "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon," "The Illusionist," "Tangled," "Toy Story 3."

PROMISING PERFORMER: Armie Hammer in "The Social Network," Katie Jarvis in "Fish Tank," Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone," Tahar Rahim in "A Prophet," Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit."

PROMISING FILMMAKER: Banksy for "Exit Through the Gift Shop," Derek Cianfrance for "Blue Valentine," David Michod for "Animal Kingdom," Aaron Schneider for "Get Low," John Wells for "The Company Men."