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News: SDFCS Gives Best Film to ‘Winter’s Bone’

San Diego Film Critics Name Best of Year

Above: Jennifer Lawrence is a teenager with adult responsibilities in "Winter's Bone"


Aired 12/15/10

The critics of the KPBS Film Club of the Air discuss the recent San Diego Film Critics Awards.


The San Diego Film Critics Society often strays from other organizations in its awards choices. This year the top prize goes to the indie film 'Winter's Bone." The film was also the only one to receive multiple awards garnering best actress for Jennifer Lawrence and best supporting actor for John Hawkes.The critics may stir some snickers for picking Colin Farrell as best actor in "Ondine," but it was a fine performance in an unexciting list of nominees. It's not that any of the performances were bad but rather the other nominees delivered Oscar bait work.

The best supporting actress category, however, was ripe with outstanding work and Lesley Manville in "Another Year" took the award over the equally fine Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom."

The critics also give out a Body of Work Award to a person who excelled in multiple films in a given year. This year the award went to Rebecca Hall who was exquisite in "Red Riding 1973," "Please Give," and "The Town." The Kyle Counts Award is given in memory of the late film critic and SDFCS member Kyle Counts and highlights someone in the community who has done exceptional work promoting the art of film. This year the award went to San Diego Reader film critic Duncan Shepherd who retired after decades of covering film and raising the bar on what we should expect at the cinema.

Here is a complete list of winners and nominees:

Best Film: - "Winter’s Bone"

"Black Swan"


"The King’s Speech"

"The Social Network"

Best Director – Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"

Christopher Nolan, "Inception"

Danny Boyle, "127 Hours"

David Fincher, "The Social Network"

Debra Granik, "Winter’s Bone"

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter’s Bone"

Carey Mulligan, "Never Let Me Go"

Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Tilda Swinton, "I Am Love"

Alicja Bachleda and Colin Farrell star in Neil Jordan's "Ondine."

Magnolia Pictures

Above: Alicja Bachleda and Colin Farrell star in Neil Jordan's "Ondine."

Best Actor – Colin Farrell, "Ondine"

Aaron Eckhart, "Rabbit Hole"

Colin Firth, "The King’s Speech"

James Franco, "127 Hours"

Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"

Best Supporting Actress – Lesley Manville, "Another Year"

Blake Lively, "The Town"

Dale Dickey, "Winter’s Bone"

Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"

Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"

Best Supporting Actor – John Hawkes, "Winter’s Bone"

Christian Bale, "The Fighter"

Geoffrey Rush, "The King’s Speech"

Jeremy Renner, "The Town"

John Hurt, "44 Inch Chest"

Best Original Screenplay – Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain And Chris Morris, "Four Lions"

Christopher Nolan, "Inception"

David Seidler, "The King’s Speech"

Michael Arndt, "Toy Story 3"

Neil Jordan, "Ondine"

Best Adapted Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"

Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini, "Winter’s Bone"

Laeta Kalogridis, "Shutter Island"

Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright, "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World"

Peter Craig & Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard, "The Town"

Best Foreign Language Film – "I Am Love"



"No One Knows About Persian Cats"

"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Street artist Banksy... or is it? "Exit Through the Gift Shop."


Above: Street artist Banksy... or is it? "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

Best Documentary – "Exit Through The Gift Shop"

"A Film Unfinished"

"Inside Job"

"The Tillman Story"

"Waiting For ‘Superman'"

Best Cinematography – Wally Pfister, "Inception"

Anthony Dod Mantle & Enrique Chediak, "127 Hours"

Eduardo Serra, "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

Matthew Libatique, "Black Swan"

Robert Richardson, "Shutter Island"

Best Animated Film – "Toy Story 3"

"Despicable Me"

"How To Train Your Dragon"


"The Illusionist"

Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim


Above: Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim

Best Editing – Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss, "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World"

Andrew Weisblum, "Black Swan"

Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter, "The Social Network"

Jon Harris, "127 Hours"

Lee Smith, "Inception"

Best Production Design – Dante Ferretti, "Shutter Island"

Guy Hendrix Dyas, "Inception"

Robert Stromberg, "Alice In Wonderland"

Stuart Craig, "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

Thérèse Deprez, "Black Swan"

Best Score – Rachel Portman, "Never Let Me Go"

A. R. Rahman, "127 Hours"

Clint Mansell, "Black Swan"

Danny Elfman, "Alice In Wonderland"

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"

The gang's all here... "44 Inch Chest"

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Above: The gang's all here... "44 Inch Chest"

Best Ensemble Performance – "44 Inch Chest"

"Another Year"

"The Fighter"

"The Social Network"

"Winter’s Bone"

Rebecca Hall plays a bank employee held hostage by robbers in "The Town."

Warner Brothers

Above: Rebecca Hall plays a bank employee held hostage by robbers in "The Town."

Body of Work for 2010

Rebecca Hall, ("Red Riding 1974," "Please Give," "The Town")

Kyle Counts Award

Duncan Shepherd (retired San Diego Reader Film Critic)

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | December 16, 2010 at 10:13 a.m. ― 6 years, 3 months ago

I missed WINTER's BONE earlier this year and can only hope it is somehow released IF it receives an Oscar nom. Marshall's CENTURION and FOR COLORED GIRLS . . . looked promising but quickly disappeared. Hurray for small films! THE PAT TILLMAN STORY is another that snuck by me. But where is Sam Rockwell's nom for CONVICTION??? --instead of that ham Rush.

The pretentious INCEPTION, however, has got to be one of the worst films of the year!

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IanForbes | December 16, 2010 at 9:19 p.m. ― 6 years, 3 months ago

FYI, "Winter's Bone" is available for rent and purchase on DVD/Blu-ray..

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claireaccomando | December 17, 2010 at 8:25 a.m. ― 6 years, 3 months ago

Wasteland was an amazing documentary. It didn't seem to get any mention.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | December 17, 2010 at 10:33 a.m. ― 6 years, 3 months ago

Not enough of the film critics in the group saw it unfortunately. It will appear on my list of best docs for the year. But I do agree that Exit Through the Gift Shop was the best doc of the year.

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