Oscar 2011: Social Network Sweeps NSFC Awards

The National Society of Film Critics honoured “Scial Network” with most of its top awards, including Best Pictures. "Social Network" also received included kudos for helmer David Fincher, scribe Aaron Sorkin and thesp Jesse Eisenberg, who scored the awards for director, screenplay and lead actor, respectively.

 
The Society's top actress honor went to Giovanna Mezzogiorno in the Italian film "Vincere," directed by Marco Bellochio.
 
The supporting thesps laurels went to Geoffrey Rush for "The King's Speech" and Olivia Williams for "The Ghost Writer."
 
Olivier Assayas' "Carlos" got the nod for foreign language film, while "Inside Job" took the trophy for non-fiction film. Cinematography award went to "True Grit."
 
NSFC also issued a statement calling for a re-examination of the MPAA rating system and another condemning Iran's recent sentencing of Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof.
 
While hailing the MPAA's decision to swap the original NC-17 rating for "Blue Valentine" to an R, the Society nonetheless cited a handful of other recent ratings the society considered questionable and inconsistent, including the R ratings handed to "The King's Speech" and docs "The Tillman Story" and "A Film Unfinished."
 
"It's clear the board has become an agency of de facto censorship," the statement read, urging the MPAA to re-evaluate the current ratings system and enact an overhaul.
 
The other statement joined the chorus of protests against the harsh sentencing of filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof in Iranian court for "colluding in gatherings and making propaganda against the regime."
 
Forty-six of the 61-critic membership of the society voted for its 45th annual awards Saturday afternoon at Sardi's in Gotham.