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It's official: 'The Social Network' trots to the front of the Oscar pack

August 20, 2010 |  8:02 pm

Most Oscarologists consider "The Social Network" to be the front-runner to win the Oscar for best picture just based upon its pedigree. The tale of the founding of Facebook is written by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing," "A Few Good Men"), directed by David Fincher ("Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and produced by Scott Rudin ("No Country for Old Men," "There Will Be Blood," "Doubt," "Julie and Julia").

Now there's word that "The Social Network" will live up to its promise. Scott Foundas' early review in Film Comment proclaims the movie to be "splendid entertainment from a master storyteller, packed with energetic incident and surprising performances. ... It is a movie of people typing in front of computer screens and talking in rooms that is as suspenseful as any more obvious thriller. But this is also social commentary so perceptive that it may be regarded by future generations the way we now look to Gatsby for its acute distillation of Jazz Age decadence."

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