Last night, The Social Network took home three awards from the Online Film Critics Society: Best Picture, Best Director for David Fincher, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. (The King’s Speech‘s Colin Firth won for Best Actor; Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman won for Best Actress; The Fighter‘s Christian Bale won for Best Supporting Actor; True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld won for Best Supporting Actress; and Christopher Nolan won for his original screenplay for Inception.)
This marks at least 18 times The Social Network has been named best picture this awards season. To wit: Critics groups from New York (both the Critics Circle and Online contingents), Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Florida, and Oklahoma, as well as the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review, and the Satellite Awards have all deemed The Social Network the best movie from 2010. (We won’t count the Palm Springs Film Festival’s “Ensemble Performance” Award.)
As bandwagons go, that’s a pretty darn big one. But three movies have managed to keep The Social Network from claiming total victory: First to buck the trend were the iconoclasts at the San Diego Film Critics Society, which named the hardscrabble indie drama Winter’s Bone best picture on Dec. 14. (That film also won big at the Gotham Awards for independent film, where The Social Network was ineligible.) Eight days later, the Austin Film Critics Association handed its Best Picture award to Black Swan. And then last Tuesday, The King’s Speech took home the the Phoenix Film Critics Society’s best picture award.
There’s also several more major accolades to go: The Critics’ Choice (i.e. broadcast critics) awards will be handed out Jan. 14, the Golden Globes Jan. 16, and the SAG Awards Jan. 30; and the Central Ohio Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, and most of the major filmmaking guilds have yet to weigh in at all. (The Producers Guild and Writers Guild announce their nods tomorrow.) Whether the Social Network freight train keeps on chugging forward remains to be seen, although EW’s Oscar expert Dave Karger is still lighting his torch for The King’s Speech. Do you think any film has a chance at derailing The Social Network?