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New York critics award two top prizes to The Social Network

The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) has honoured The Social Network as best film of 2010 and David Fincher as best director.

Colin Firth was named best actor for The King’s Speech and Annette Bening won the best actress prize for The Kids Are All Right.

Lisa Cholodenko’s film fared well with the group, earning Choldenko and Stuart Blumberg the best screenplay prize, while Mark Ruffalo took the supporting actor award.

Carlos was declared best foreign film, while Inside Job won for best non-fiction entry and The Illusionist claimed the animation prize. David Michod’s Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom was named best first feature.

“This year’s choices reflect the current critical mindset,” NYFCC chair Armond White, chief film critic for the New York Press, said. “It’s proof that it’s always a good year for movies.”

Members cast their votes this morning [13] at the Loews Regency Hotel New York.

Best FilmThe Social Network

Best Director – David Fincher for TheSocial Network

Best Screenplay – Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg for The Kids Are All Right

Best Actress – Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right

Best Actor – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo for The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor – Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right

Best Cinematography – Matthew Libatique for Black Swan

Best Animated FilmThe Illusionist

Best Non-fiction FilmInside Job

Best Foreign Language Film - Carlos

Best First FeatureAnimal Kingdom

The annual awards presentation will take place on January 10 2011 at Crimson, located in New York’s FlatIron district.

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