January 11, 2011
Handing out honors and awards for the best in film over the past year, the stars were out en masse for the 2011 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Gala in New York City on Tuesday night.
The celebration took place at Cipriani 42nd Street, where Hollywood power couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner led the guest list which also drew out Blake Lively and other hot stars.
Among the other attendees were "The Fighter" co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, as well as Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Hamm, Emily Mortimer, Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg.
As for the big winners, the Facebook based movie "The Social Network" cleaned up by earning awards for best film, best actor for Jesse Eisenberg, best director for David Fincher and adapted screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.
With the cast of "The Town" nabbing best ensemble triumphs, the best animated film category ended up being taken by "Toy Story 3".
The complete list of honorees at the 2011 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Gala are as follows:
Best Film: The Social Network (Sony Pictures)
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Best Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter (Paramount/Relativity)
Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Best Foreign Language Film: Of Gods and Men
Best Documentary: Waiting for "Superman
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Ensemble Cast: The Town
Breakthrough Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, Winters Bone
Debut Directors: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, Restrepo
Spotlight Award: Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati, The Illusionist
Best Original Screenplay: Chris Sparling, Buried
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Sofia Coppola for writing, directing, and producing Somewhere
William K. Everson Film History Award: Leonard Maltin
NBR Freedom of Expression: Fair Game, Conviction, Howl
Production Design Award: Dante Ferretti, Shutter Island
By Dallas Bianchi