The winners for the 2010 Washington Area Film Critics Awards (WAFCA) have been announced. No big surprise the critic’s darling – The Social Network – took home the top prizes for best film, best director, and best adapted screenplay.
Colin Firth, who was nominated last year for A Single Man, won Best Actor this year for The King’s Speech. Newcomer Jennifer Lawrence, who dazzled early in the year, took home Best Actress for her role in Winter’s Bone.
The Fighter swept both Supporting Actor categories with awards given to Christian Bale as a drug addled ex-boxer and Melissa Leo as his controlling mother. Best Acting Ensemble went to The Town, director Ben Affleck’s Boston crime drama.
“This was easily the most competitive ballot in the history of our association,” said Tim Gordon, WAFCA president. “We have never had so many tight races. It just goes to show how popular several of these categories were with all of our members.”
Best Documentary went to British street artist Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, Best Foreign Film was awarded to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful, and Toy Story 3 pushed past several strong contenders for Best Animated Feature. In other categories, Inception scored big, winning Best Original Screenplay (Christopher Nolan), Best Cinematography (Wally Pfister), Best Art Direction (Luke Freeborn, Brad Ricker and Dean Wolcott), and Best Score (Hans Zimmer).
The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association is comprised of 39 DC-VA-MD-based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. Voting was conducted from December 3-5, 2010.
The full listing of the 2010 Washington Area Film Critics Awards winners are presented below.
The Social Network
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Best Supporting Actress:
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Best Acting Ensemble:
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Best Original Screenplay:
Christopher Nolan (Inception)
Best Animated Feature:
Toy Story 3
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Best Foreign Language Film:
Best Art Direction:
Luke Freeborn, Brad Ricker and Dean Wolcott (Inception)
Wally Pfister (Inception)
Hans Zimmer (Inception)