Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association announces 2010 awards

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
December 17th, 2010

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association has released their top films of 2010 - a voting process which includes 28 of the DFW-area's most regarded broadcast, print, and online journalists.

Rounding out the top of the list as the best picture of 2010 is THE SOCIAL NETWORK, David Fincher's dramatic retelling of Facebook's rocky rise to its now empire-like status and the subsequent trials and tribulations of founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Best Actor went to James Franco for Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS, in which Franco stars as real life adventurist Aron Ralston who, out of an act of sheer survival, severed his own arm off after being trapped by a boulder while hiking in Bluejohn Canyon, Utah.

Natalie Portman received the DFWFCA's Best Actress title for her role in Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN, a tale of sex, drugs, and classical dance. Portman stars as a pure yet tormented ballerina exploring her dark innards in the attempts to play the dual roles of the white and black swan in the New York City Ballet Company's production of SWAN LAKE.

Coincidentally, Fincher received the association's Best Director vote, while Boyle and Aronofsky came in second and third respectively. Check out all of this year's big winners, including the rest of the top 10, after the break!


The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted the true-life drama THE SOCIAL NETWORK as the best film of 2010, according to the results of its 17th annual critics’ poll released today.

Rounding out the composite list of the top 10 films of the year were THE KING’S SPEECH (2), BLACK SWAN (3), 127 HOURS (4), WINTER’S BONE (5), INCEPTION (6), THE FIGHTER (7), TRUE GRIT (8), THE TOWN (9) and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (10).

For Best Actor, the association named James Franco for 127 HOURS. Runners-up included Colin Firth for THE KING’S SPEECH (2), Jesse Eisenberg for THE SOCIAL NETWORK (3), Robert Duvall for GET LOW (4) and Michael Douglas for SOLITARY MAN (5).

Natalie Portman was voted Best Actress for BLACK SWAN. Next in the voting were Jennifer Lawrence for WINTER’S BONE (2), Nicole Kidman for RABBIT HOLE (3), Annette Bening for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (4) and Michelle Williams for BLUE VALENTINE (5).

In the Best Supporting Actor category, the winner was Christian Bale for THE FIGHTER. He was followed by Geoffrey Rush for THE KING’S SPEECH (2), Jeremy Renner for THE TOWN (3), Bill Murray for GET LOW (4) and Chris Cooper for THE COMPANY MEN (5).

For Best Supporting Actress, the association named Melissa Leo for THE FIGHTER. Runners-up included Jacki Weaver for ANIMAL KINGDOM (2), Helena Bonham Carter for THE KING’S SPEECH (3), Hailee Steinfeld for TRUE GRIT (4) and Mila Kunis for BLACK SWAN (5).

David Fincher was voted Best Director for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Next in the voting were Danny Boyle for 127 HOURS (2), Darren Aronofsky for BLACK SWAN (3), Christopher Nolan for INCEPTION (4) and Tom Hooper for THE KING’S SPEECH (5).

The association voted BIUTIFUL as the best foreign-language film of the year. Runners-up were THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2), MOTHER (3), LEBANON (4) and I AM LOVE (5).


TOY STORY 3 was named the best animated film of 2010, with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON as runner-up. Aaron Sorkin won the Best Screenplay award for THE SOCIAL NETWORK over Christopher Nolan for INCEPTION.

The award for Best Cinematography went to Enrique Chediak and Anthony Dod Mantle for 127 HOURS, followed by a tie between Roger Deakins for TRUE GRIT and Wally Pfister for INCEPTION.

The association voted WINTER’S BONE as the winner of the Russell Smith Award, named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic. The honor is given annually to the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association consists of 28 broadcast, print and online journalists from throughout North Texas. For more information, visit www.dfwfilmcritics.com

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