Oscar 2010: Social Network Top Film by National Board of Review

The National Board of Review has selected Sony's drama "The Social Network" as its top film of the year. The NBR made the announcement Thursday in New York.

"The Social Network," centering on the founding of Facebook, has been a solid performer at the box office with $90 million in domestic grosses during two months of release. David Fincher directed an ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella and Rooney Mara.
 
The organization, which comprised of more than 100 film critics and historians, is the oldest such group in the United States.
 
Its picks last year didn't match Oscar winners in any major categories with "Up in the Air" as the top film and the comedy-drama's George Clooney as top actor along with Morgan Freeman for "Invictus." "Up in the Air" also copped NBR trophies for Anna Kendrick in the supporting actress category and for Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner in adapted screenplay. Carey Mulligan ("An Education") won the actress award and Woody Harrelson took the supporting actor category.  None ended up winning an Oscar, but all of them were nominated.
 
"Slumdog Millionaire" and "No Country For Old Men" won the NBR top film awards in the previous two years.

"Winter's Bone" won the award season's first major trophy this week at the Gotham Awards