The Southeastern Film Critics Association named its 2010 award winners today, voted on among 43 critics — myself included — from nine states. Here are the SEFCA winners, with my votes for each category:
1 - The Social Network
2 - The King’s Speech
3 - Winter’s Bone
4- Black Swan
5 - Inception
6 - True Grit
7 - Toy Story 3
8 — 127 Hours
9 - The Fighter
10 - The Kids Are All Right
My picks: I'm not going to give my full best film votes here so as not to step on my year-end list for the December 30th edition of the Flyer. But I'll give a few notes:
A snafu in regard to year-end screeners kept me from seeing three of these films — The King's Speech, True Grit, and The Fighter — in time for voting, though, based on what I've seen and read I'm somewhat skeptical that any of them would have shown up on my ballot. As is, I voted for four films that finished in the SEFCA Top Ten — The Social Network, Winter's Bone, Black Swan, and Inception.
There are three films that made my SEFCA ballot that will not show up on my Flyer year-end list because they did not screen in Memphis in 2010. Two of these — Carlos (fourth on my ballot) and Mother (9th) are foreign films that never opened here and which I wrote about recently. The third is Another Year (my third-place finisher,) the latest work from British master Mike Leigh, which is likely to open locally sometime in January or February.
Winner- Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Runner-up - James Franco (127 Hours)
My picks: Not having seen Firth, I agreed with Franco as runner-up, but my top pick — in a very easy choice — went to Edgar Ramirez for Carlos, whom I knew had no shot to place. My third-place vote was for Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network.
Winner - Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Runner Up - Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
My picks: Again, I agreed with Lawrence in second place. My first place vote went to Lesley Manville in Mike Leigh's Another Year. My third-place vote was to Hye-ja Kim in Mother. I did like Portman in Black Swan, though.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner - Geoffrey Rush (King’s Speech)
Runner-up - Christian Bale (The Fighter)
My picks: I haven't had a chance to see either of these, but I'm skeptical about Rush in The King's Speech. My first-place vote went — strongly — to John Hawks for Winter's Bone. I had Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) in second and Michael Shannon (The Runaways) in third for his great performance in an otherwise mediocre movie.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner - Haillee Steinfield (True Grit)
Runner-up - Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
My picks: I went with Ruth Sheen from Another Year, followed by Dale Dickey in Winter's Bone and Greta Gerwig in Greenberg.
Winner - The Social Network
Runner-up - Winter’s Bone
My picks: I had The Social Network and Winter's Bone second and third, respectively, on my ballot. My top pick — see a trend here — went to Leigh's Another Year, a film whose shutout among the SEFCA award winners is my biggest disappointment with the results. (I didn't expect Carlos to win anything.)
Winner - David Fincher, The Social Network
Runner — Up- Christopher Nolan, Inception
My picks: I agree with Fincher in first place. My second and third-place votes went to Debra Granik for Winter's Bone and Oliver Assayas for Carlos, though I strongly considered Nolan here.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Winner - The Social Network
Runner — Up -Winter’s Bone
My picks: I had the same first and second-place finishers on my ballot. My third-place vote went to The Ghost Writer.
Winner - Inside Job
Runner-up - Exit Through the Gift Shop
My picks: I agreed with the top pick. My other votes went to And Everything is Going Fine and Restrepo. (Haven't had a chance to see Exit Through the Gift Shop yet, but hope to catch up with it before my year-end list for the Flyer print edition.)
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Winner - Mother
Runner-up - Biutiful
My picks: Mother was third on my list, but I was happy and somewhat surprised to see it win here. I haven't seen Biutiful yet — and am very skeptical of it — but my top two picks in this category went to Carlos and Lebanon.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Winner - Toy Story 3
Runner-Up - How To Train Your Dragon
My picks: I had How to Train Your Dragon in first and slid Toy Story 3 to third. My second-place vote was for Despicable Me.
Winner - True Grit
Runner- Up: Inception
My picks: My votes here went to 127 Hours, The American, and I Am Love.
The GENE WYATT AWARD for FILM THAT BEST EVOKES THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH
Winner: Winter’s Bone
Runner-Up - Get Low
My picks: Winter's Bone was the easy pick here. (At least it was the best film set in the South, which is how I interpret the award.) No great fan of Get Low, my second and third-place votes went to Freedom Riders and the local Open Five.