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'Social Network' dominates NBR awards

Every now and then, the National Board of Review gets things right.

It happened when "Quills" won best picture in 2000, when "Good Night, and Good Luck" won it in 2005, and when "No Country for Old Men" did the same in 2007. It happened today when "Social Network" took four top prizes: best picture, best actor (Jesse Eisenberg), best director (David Fincher) and best adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).

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The NBR's next-best ten pictures are: "Another Year," "The Fighter," "Hereafter," "Inception," "The King's Speech," "Shutter Island," "The Town," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone." 

Lesley Manville ("Another Year") won best actress; Christian Bale ("The Fighter") and Jacki Weaver ("Animal Kingdom") gave the NBR's best supporting performances. Chris Sparling's script for "Buried" won best original screenplay.

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"Toy Story 3" won best animated feature. The cast of "The Town" won for ensemble performance. Jennifer Lawrence of "Winter's Bone" nailed the breakthrough performance award. "Of Gods and Men," from France, took best foreign film. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, co-creators of the documentary "Restrepo," won for best directorial debut, and Sofia Coppola earned a special award for "Somewhere." The "spotlight award" went to Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati for "The Illusionist."

Photo of Jesse Eisenberg (left) and Joseph Mazzello in "The Social Network" by Merrick Morton, AP

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