Broadcast critics click on "Social Network"

Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:58am EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Facebook film "The Social Network" became a big friend of broadcast critics on Friday when it won several top Critics' Choice Awards, including best film, in the race toward Hollywood's Oscars.

The movie, which traces the history of the popular website from its founding in a college dormitory to its first million users, also earned a best director trophy for David Fincher and adapted screenplay for writer Aaron Sorkin, among others.

Fincher was not on hand to accept his award, but in claiming his trophy, Sorkin made a point of mentioning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who had not cooperated with the making of the fictional film.

On stage, Sorkin called Zuckerberg "an extraordinary leader" and "altruistic" and said, "we all owe you a debt of gratitude" for creating the website that has become ingrained in much of society.

Colin Firth was named best actor for his role as stammering King George VI who must prove to the United Kingdom that he can be a leader in the dark days ahead of the World War Two in "The King's Speech," which also claimed best original screenplay.

Backstage, Firth told reporters King George's tale was "a story of quiet dignity ... set again a very broad stage -- something very, very personal against a very broad backdrop."

Natalie Portman, who recently revealed she was pregnant and engaged to be married, took home the trophy for best actress portraying a young ballerina who grows into a mature woman and a dancer in drama "The Black Swan."

"I feel great," Portman told reporters about her pregnancy "It's been really calm and good."   Continued...