Oscar: Social Network

Likely to win some critics kudos in December and sure to sweep the Oscar nominations in January, David Fincher’s brilliant film “Social Network” should get at least ten nods from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, several acting (both lead and supporting) and several technical awards (cinematography, editing).  Handsomely mounted, the film is visually inventive, with an amazing score and sound effects, which should also get recognition.

Overall, “Social Network” is a better, more significant work than Fincher’s previous film, the lovely and elegiac, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which received the largest number of nominations (13) two years ago.
“Social Network” is the kind of studio movie that does Hollywood proud. If we have 2-3 films of that caliber a year, then we can say that the Hollywood machine system is also conducive for the production of narratively intriguing, technically inventive, socially relevant, and culturally influential pictures.
My Predictions: 10-13 Nominations
Director: David Fincher
Screenplay (Adapted): Aaron Sorkin
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg
Supporting Actor: Andrew Garfied
Supporting Actor: Justin Timberlake
Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth.
Editing: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter.
Music: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.
Art direction-Set Decoration (Production designer: Donald Graham Burt; Art directors, Keith Cunningham, Curt Beech; set designers, Aaron Haye, Jane Wuu, Randy Wilkins, Theodore Sharps; set decorator, Victor J. Zolfo_.
Costume design: Jacqueline West.
Sound: Mark Weingarten; sound designer/supervising sound editor, Ren Klyce; re-recording mixers, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Klyce.
Visual Effects
Sound Effects