Toronto film critics honor Social Network

The Social Network

The Toronto Film Critics Association have followed the lead of their counterparts in Los Angeles, New York and Boston by naming The Social Network as its best picture of the year.

The Toronto critics, which met Sunday, are to hand out another four awards to the Facebook drama at their January 12 kudosfest in Toronto, including the directing prize to the film’s David Fincher, and the best screenplay award going to writer Aaron Sorkin.

And on the acting front, the TFCA named Jesse Eisenberg (pictured) best actor for his role as Facebook topper Mark Zuckerberg, while Armie Hammer was named best supporting actor as one of the Winklevoss twins.

“In our final discussions Sunday afternoon, again and again The Social Network galvanized broad support from our members,” TFCA president Brian D. Johnson, film critic for Maclean’s, recalled.

“There was a strong sentiment that we’re… recognizing a superbly crafted ‘movie of the moment’ that spins a creation myth of cyber-capitalism,” he added in a statement.

Other 2010 winners cited by the Toronto film critics: the best first feature prize goes to Exit Through the Gift Shop, by the British graffiti artist Robert Banks, also known as Banksy, while the best animation feature award was nabbed by DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon.

The best foreign film prize goes to Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.