The Social Network is making friends all over the board – David Fincher’s hit movie has landed the Best Film and Best Director titles from the New York Film Critics’ Circle. The drama, chronicling the invention of Facebook.com and starring Jesse Eisenberg, has already been hailed as the picture of the year from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Online, and now, it’s garnered the same acclaim from the New York Film Critics’ Circle.

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Colin Firth’s portrayal of King George VI in The King’s Speech also received high praise, earning the Brit Best Actor, while Annette Bening scored the Best Actress prize for The Kids Are All Right. The family drama also won awards for Mark Ruffalo (Best Supporting Actor) and Best Screenplay for Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. Melissa Leo was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming boxing biopic, The Fighter, and The Illusionist took Best Animated Film award. Hotly-tipped Oscar favourite, Black Swan, only garnered one honour – for Best Cinematography. The New York Film Critics’ Circle’s top picks are considered to be among the best indicators in the runup to the Academy Awards. The honours will be presented during a ceremony in New York on January 10.

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