According to Variety, “The Social Network” has been honored by the National Board of Review as Best Film of 2010. “The Social Network” also received honors for David Fincher as Best Director, Jesse Eisenberg as Best Actor, and Aaron Sorkin for Best Adapted Screenplay.
“The Social Network” is an interesting dramatization of how Facebook got its start. While the movie was not completely true to facts, it was based on the lawsuits that were filed against Mark Zuckerberg over the creation of Facebook and how he handled his partnership with Eduardo Saverin. Jesse Eisenberg portrayed Zuckerberg as a socially awkward kid who acts without thinking the consequences through, which almost makes you want to sympathize with him when he’s getting sued. The character was portrayed in such away that you want the Winklevoss twins to lose their suit against Zuckerberg, but you want Eduardo Saverin to win.
For those unfamiliar with the story, the Winklevoss twins approached Zuckerberg with an idea for a social networking site. Zuckerberg then created what was at the time known as The Facebook with his friend Eduardo Saverin. The Winklevoss twins sued over creative property theft. Later, after Zuckerberg met Napster creator Sean Parker, Facebook dropped the “the,” but Zuckerberg squeezed his friend Saverin out of his share of Facebook and dropped his co-founder credit on the website. Saverin sued to get back what he felt was rightfully his.
“The Social Network” is a captivating movie. It almost makes you want to research everything that was portrayed in the movie just to see how much of it was true. David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, and Jesse Eisenberg are definitely deserving of their honors, as is the movie itself.
Other movies honored by the National Board of Review include “The Town,” “The Fighter,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Winter’s Bone.” As awards season continues on, one can only wonder how many more awards “The Social Network” will rack up, and what other films will have the opportunity to shine.