Stop the presses: a critics group voted, and they didn't pick "The Social Network" as the year's best film.
Instead, the San Diego Film Critics Society went for "Winter's Bone," which also picked up two acting awards in what has to count as the most intriguing, individualistic group of critics' picks to date. Other unexpected choices included Best Actor to Colin Farrell for "Ondine," Best Score to Rachel Portman for "Never Let Me Go" and Best Original Screenplay to the British comedy "Four Lions."
Of course, with only 18 members, the group may be less affected by the typical homogenization that takes place when a larger number of voters cast ballots.
And have no fear, David Fincher juggernaut fans: the San Diegans were balanced out by the larger Toronto Film Critics Association, who opted for "The Social Network" just as virtually all of their predecessors had.
Toronto even took the Fincher love a step further than any other group, giving its Best Supporting Actor award to Armie Hammer, who played dual roles in the film.
SAN DIEGO FILM CRITICS SOCIETY:
Best Film: "Winter's Bone"
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Best Actor: Colin Farrell, "Ondine"
Best Supporting Actress: Lesley Manville, "Another Year"
Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone"
Best Original Screenplay: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain and Chris Morris, "Four Lions"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"
Best Foreign Language Film: "I Am Love"
Best Documentary: "Exit Through the Gift Shop"
Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister, "Inception"
Best Animated Film: "Toy Story 3"
Best Editing: Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World"
Best Production Design: Dante Ferreti, "Shutter Island"
Best Score: Rachel Portman, "Never Let Me Go"
Best Ensemble Performance: "44 Inch Chest"
TORONTO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION:
Best Picture: “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: “Black Swan” and “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech” and James Franco, “127 Hours”
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Runners-Up: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan” and Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”
Best Supporting Actor: Armie Hammer, “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: Christian Bale, “The Fighter” and Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Runners-Up: Amy Adams, “The Fighter” and Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Best Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” and Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Best Screenplay: “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit”
Best First Feature: “Exit Through The Gift Shop”, Directed By Banksy
Runners-Up: “Get Low”, Directed By Aaron Schneider and “Monsters”, Directed By Gareth Edwards
Best Animated Feature: “How To Train Your Dragon”
Runners-Up: “Despicable Me” and “Toy Story 3”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
Runners-Up: “Mother” and “Of Gods And Men”
Best Documentary Feature: “Exit Through The Gift Shop”
Runners-Up: “Inside Job” and “Marwencol”
Jay Scott Prize For Emerging Talent: Writer-Director Daniel Cockburn (“You Are Here”)
Special Citation to Bruce McDonald, who directed four movies in 2010: “This Movie is Broken,” “Trigger,” “Music from the Big House and “Hard Core Logo 2”
Rogers Best Canadian Film Nominees: “Incendies,” directed by Denis Villeneuve
“Splice,” directed by Vincenzo Natali
“Trigger,” directed by Bruce McDonald
CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly said that the San Diego Film Critics Society had 11 members. It has 18.