The King’s Speech received the most nominations for the Golden Globes, but it’s The Social Network who went home with the biggest wins during the awards night by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. During his acceptance speech, producer Scott Rudin says, “I think people are hungry for a movie that comments on how we live. It may be about people typing and talking. but it was done with bravado and genuine emotional authenticity.”
The Social Network won Best Score, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. The film has dominated the critics’ prizes to date, and now with its Golden Globe Awards, it’s gained momentum for the rest of the awards season, which will culminate with the Oscars on Feb. 27.
Some are comparing the film’s trajectory to that of Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” which began the 2008-09 award season in first place and never lost steam. But there are a few hurdles “The Social Network” must overcome before it can close in on the top prize. The guild awards begin next weekend, with the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 22 and the Screen Actors Guild Awards the following Sunday. Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 25.
It’s likely the producers will go the way of “The Social Network,” but there is no guarantee that SAG will follow. The strong ensemble cast of “The Fighter” may prove too tempting a choice for the actors guild. Sony is clearly looking for SAG support for the David Fincher-directed film, having sent screeners to all 93,000 members of the large guild.
One stumbling block to an ultimate Oscar win for “The Social Network” could be the film’s lack of warmth and uplift. It’s a modern and edgy story, but there’s relatively little emotional connection with the characters. “The King’s Speech,” on the other hand, has audiences rooting for Colin Firth’s King George VI and winds up on an emotional high note, a tone often embraced by academy voters.