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David Fincher's "The Social Network" continued to rack up best picture and other top prizes at year-end awards over the weekend, most notably at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. (For a full list of the latest prize rosters, click here.) That's not surprising, given its unanimous acclaim.

What is surprising: The one performer who received similar praise and massive multimedia coverage for the first two-thirds of the year -- Noomi Rapace, who plays Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film versions of the Millennium Trilogy -- has not been winning the best actress race. (That's Rapace, above, as Salander in "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.") Last weekend all she earned was a "breakthrough" award from the New York Online critics.

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Is this just another case of shortened memory span?  Did Rapace peak too early, clearing the way for Natalie Portman in "The Black Swan?" Are critics reluctant to honor foreign films that are as frankly commercial as these adaptations of Stieg Larsson's best-sellers? Or are the voters saving their love for Fincher's version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?"

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