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McClatchy Newspapers, Published January 03 2011

Online critics name 'The Social Network' best picture

LOS ANGELES — “The Social Network” continues to be a major force this awards season, winning the lion's share of honors from critics’ groups. On Monday, it won best picture in the 14th annual Online Film Critics Society Awards. The drama about the birth of Facebook also took top honors for director David Fincher and adapted screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

Colin Firth was named best actor for “The King's Speech,” while Natalie Portman earned the best actress award for “Black Swan.” Christian Bale received best supporting actor honors for “The Fighter,” and 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld won supporting actress for “True Grit.” Joel and Ethan Coen's Western also earned a best cinematography award for Roger Deakins.

Christopher Nolan won the award for best original screenplay for “Inception.” The surreal film also won best editing for Lee Smith. “Toy Story 3” was honored as the best animated feature, and the Banksy film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” received best documentary. South Korea's “Mother” was named best picture not in the English language.

The winners:

Best Picture: The Social Network

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Lead Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best Lead Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, True Grit

Best Editing: Lee Smith, Inception

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film: Mother

Best Documentary: Exit Through The Gift Shop