"Social Network" named best film by key group

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By Bob Tourtellotte

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook film "The Social Network" picked up four awards, including best movie, from a key industry group in the first major honors of Hollywood's awards season, helping to narrow the list of this year's Oscar contenders.

The National Board of Review, a U.S.-based group of movie industry watchers and film professionals, gave best director to "Social Network" maker David Fincher, and its best actor award went to Jesse Eisenberg, who portrays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Aaron Sorkin won for adapted screenplay.

The movie offers audiences a fictional portrayal of the rise of the social networking website from an idea dreamed up in a college dormitory to its first one million users.

Among other top awards, the National Board of Review gave its best actress trophy to Lesley Manville for "Another Year," which tells of one year in the life of a married couple.

Christian Bale was named best supporting actor for his work as a faded, drug-addicted boxer in "The Fighter" and Jacki Weaver claimed best supporting actress with her role in Australian crime film "Animal Kingdom."

The National Board of Review was formed more than 100 years ago as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting movies as an art form and entertainment, and each year is the first U.S. group to pick a best film from Hollywood's major studios.

In fact, it names a list of top 10 movies, and many other industry groups closely eye that roster to help establish their own picks heading toward February's Oscars, the world's top movie honors from the Beverly Hills-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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<p>Justin Timberlake (L), Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg (2nd R) and writer Aaron Sorkin (R) pose during a photocall to promote the movie "The Social Network" in Madrid, October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas</p>