Thursday, January 13, 2011

Made-in-Mass. movies continue their awards-season hot roll:

Mass. hysteria

   Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm. (Photo by StarTraks)

By Inside Track
January 13, 2011

Made-in-Mass. movies continued their awards-season roll, dominating the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards in NYC the other night.

“The Social Network,” the Aaron Sorkin-penned flick about the founding of Facebook in a Harvard dorm, was the biggest winner, sweeping the top three categories, Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg). Sorkin also picked up the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Ben Affleck, sporting a full beard, took home the award for Best Ensemble Cast for his made-in-Charlestown heist flick “The Town.” He was accompanied by his wife, Jennifer Garner, and “Town” co-stars Jon Hamm, Blake Lively and Chris Cooper. Earlier in the day, the “Townies” partied at NYC’s famous 21 Club at a private lunch in anticipation of their big night.
Back at the awards bash at Cipriani at 42nd Street, Mark Wahlberg’s “The Fighter” scored a Best Supporting Actor award for Christian Bale for his portrayal of Micky Ward’s crack-addled half-brother Dicky Eklund. Bale must now be considered all but unbeatable in the Oscar race.
The National Board of Review awards are picked by a group of film critics, academics, filmmakers and students in the New York metro area.