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Monday, January 17, 2011

'Social Network' proves golden

Instead of watching the Golden Globe Awards, I chose to watch the latest Blu-ray from Netflix collecting dust near my entertainment center. (That movie, for those wondering, was “I’m Still Here,” the mockumentary about Jaoquin Phoenix’s supposed retirement from acting to pursue a hip-hop career. There was probably a really great movie to be made there; “I’m Still Here” wasn’t it.)

But I think I’m caught up with Sunday night’s goings-on. Host Ricky Gervais was funny if jerky and “The Social Network” put itself in the driver’s seat for a big Oscar night by winning the Golden Globe for best drama film.

"The Social Network" stars Jesse Eisenberg, left, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

If there’s such a thing as a sure bet it’s that the so-called “Facebook movie” will be one of the 10 films to be nominated for best picture when the nods are announced Jan. 25. Two of the competitors are sure to be “Black Swan and “The King’s Speech,” with fellow Golden Globe drama nominees “Inception” and “The Fighter” also likely to be in the mix.

It’s too early for any real prediction. After all, what wins the big Oscar has as much — maybe more — to do with it’s campaigning this time of year as it does with it’s actual quality as a work of cinema. Nevertheless, my guess is “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher (“Fight Club,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and written by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing,” “A Few Good Men”) will take the top prize.

Still, I can’t shake the feeling that “Black Swan,” the haunting psychological ballet drama directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, could get in the mix. I’m probably crazy, though. The experts on Gold — a site started, sold off and now owned again by Mentor native Tom O’Neil, an awards show expert — had the Globes as a two-horse race between “Network” and “The King’s Speech.” (The latter, by the way, is a wonderfully enjoyable film, but it doesn’t feel like an Oscar winner to me. I’d like to be wrong; I enjoyed it more than “Network.”)

I’m a bit sorry I didn’t see the Globes if only for all the uncomfortable moments created by second-time host Ricky Gervais. If you missed him, as well, check out some highlights here.

-- Mark Meszoros


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