Facebook film The Social Network won four Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, including best drama, making it a frontrunner in Hollywood’s Oscar race after sweeping several honours from critics and industry groups in recent weeks.
Social Network also won the best director award for David Fincher, best screenplay for writer Aaron Sorkin and best musical score, written by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
The film recounts the story of the founding of social networking site Facebook, an international phenomenon with 500 million users that was started in a college dormitory by founder, billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.
The Facebook founder did not cooperate with the movie’s makers, and the film is a piece of fiction.
Nevertheless, producer Scott Rudin and Sorkin pointed out that Zuckerberg’s creation has been a phenomenon that has changed the way the world communicates.
“I want to thank everyone at Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg for his willingness to use his life and work as a metaphor for communication and the way we relate to each other.”
Another big Golden Globe winner was The Kids Are All Right, which featured two lesbian parents whose children search for their sperm donor father.
Kids also picked up the award for best actress in a film comedy for its star Annette Bening, who portrayed one of the mothers in the film.
British actor Colin Firth was named best actor in a film drama for his portrayal of stuttering King George VI in The King’s Speech, while Natalie Portman took home the Golden Globe trophy for best actress in a drama with Black Swan.
Backstage, Firth was asked about his chances for an Oscar in the same role, but all the actor said he could do was get through his big night on Sunday.
The Golden Globe Awards, which are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are one of the major Hollywood shows leading to the film industry’s most-prized honours, the Oscars, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Many film industry watchers look at the winners of Golden Globes and other honours for clues as to which films, performers, directors and writers might win Oscars.