‘King’s Speech’ Scores With Phoenix Critics

Group gives “King’s Speech” its first win with critics, but hands most of its prizes to “Inception”

The Phoenix Film Critics Society has declared "The King's Speech" the best film of 2010, but they also say that the year's best directing, original screenplay, film editing, score, production design, visual effects and stunts belonged to "Inception."

Colin Firth"The Social Network," which has won almost all the critics' prizes so far this year, had to settle for honors for its ensemble acting and Aaron Sorkin's adapted screenplay, plus a mention as one of the year's 10 best films.

The win is the first critics-group honor for "The King's Speech," which has long been considered an Oscar frontrunner alongside critical favorite "Social Network."

The 10-year-old critics group made "Inception" by far its biggest winner, with Christopher Nolan's brainy thriller taking seven honors plus a spot on the group's Top 10 list. Films winning a pair of awards included "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "True Grit," "The Fighter" and "Alice in Wonderland."

The group's Top 10 films of the year includes Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" and Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go," but not "Black Swan" or "The Fighter."

The Phoenix Film Critics Society website has the full list of both winners and nominees.

The winners:

Best Picture: "The King’s Speech"

Top Ten Films
127 Hours"
"Never Let Me Go"
"Shutter Island"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King’s Speech"
"The Social Network"
"True Grit"
"Toy Story 3"
"Winter’s Bone"

Best Director: Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth, "The King’s Speech"
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
Best Ensemble Acting: "The Social Network"
Best Screenplay – Original: Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
Best Screenplay – Adaptation: Aaron Sorkin,"The Social Network"
Best Live Action Family Film: "Alice in Wonderland"
The Overlooked Film of the Year: "Never Let Me Go"
Best Animated Film: "Toy Story 3"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Biutiful"
Best Documentary Film: "Restrepo"
Best Original Song: “You Haven’t See the Last of Me” from "Burlesque"
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer, "Inception"
Best Cinematography: "True Grit"
Best Film Editing: "Inception"
Best Production Design: "Inception"
Best Costume Design: "Alice in Wonderland"
Best Visual Effects: "Inception"
Best Stunts: "Inception"
Breakthrough Performance on Camera: Chloe Moretz, "Kick-Ass"
Breakthrough Performance behind the Camera: Debra Granik, "Winter’s Bone"
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male: Kodi Smit-McPhee, "Let Me In"
Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female: Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"