‘The Social Network’ wins Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best film
12 Images

Best and Worst: Critics Choice Awards 2011

‘The Social Network’ wins Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best film
16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards arrivals
For better or worse, he came back
By Nathan Jackson and Patrick Kevin Day

Newly unemployed former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to welcome the audience at the Critics’ Choice Awards and no doubt ride a wave of returning hero goodwill. Keep dreaming, Governor. “It’s nice to be back after eight years in Sacramento,” Schwarzenegger said in what was meant to be an applause line. Hollywood greeted him with one very loud clapper and a lot of awkward silence. It was only when Schwarzengger started making fun of himself that the crowd began to warm up. He said he’d be back, but perhaps he should have gone somewhere new. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Who’s writing this stuff?
Ashton Kutcher had the honor of handing out the first award and attempted to tell some jokes of his own. “As Arnold’s successor to the podium, I have to clean up the mess he left behind.” That one was greeted with a Schwarzenegger-ian silence. This is a mess no one can clean up. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Let the little guy speak
You can always get a sense of how important someone thinks an award is by who speaks at the podium. In the case of “The Fighter’s” win for best ensemble cast, stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo obviously wanted to save their thank yous and heartfelt moments for something a little better, so the three biggies let “Rescue Me” (and “The Fighter”) performer Jack McGee deliver the thank yous. He was appropriately thrilled. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
The winner is Steven Spielberg...and Steven Spielberg?!?
Steven Spielberg, left, won the award for best picture made for television for “The Pacific” (technically it’s a miniseries). On his way to the podium, he was trailed by what appeared to be a Spielberg look-alike. Has Spielberg reached a Saddam Hussein-like level of paranoia? No, it was only “Pacific” producer Gary Goetzman, right. Apparently, there’s only a handful of looks for Hollywood producers these days. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Better acting in pornos
After the Jackass guys’ parody of “The Social Network,” the camera cut to a shot of “Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who was beaming, and star Jesse Eisenberg, who looked confused. Who’s the better actor? (Christopher Polk / Getty Images)
Just when you thought he couldn’t top himself...
Justin Bieber does something to irritate us even more. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images)
Tarantino loves Tarantino
Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine (not seen) and Keri Hilson performed songs from the soundtracks of Quentin Tarantino films as part of a tribute. If ever there was a director who could enjoy a tribute to himself, it’s Tarantino. And true to form, the camera caught the writer-director grooving to the songs and doing some kissy-kissy on Hilson when she came down to his table. His rambling speech about the movie soundtracks of the late ‘60s left several audience members looking grim, however. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
The Critics Choice Awards may honor the cinematic standouts of 2010, but the commercials during the broadcast were a solemn reminder of the questionable current state of cinema in 2011. What you get, then, is the always uncomfortable juxtaposition of an actor’s greatest work (say, Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”) with something a little less likely to be nominated next year (commercials for “No Strings Attached”).  (Dale Robinette / Paramount Pictures)
Fast Times at the Stone House
A movie about teen sex may not be anything new. But you know what’s edgy? When “Easy A” director Will Gluck, center, brings up the sex life of the film’ star, 22-year-old Emma Stone, left, asking if she had much sex during her teen years while in home school. Or maybe it’s just creepy. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
High class, but gross
Making fun of A-list movies with D-list comedy sounds disastrous on paper. But the crew of MTV‘s “Jackass,” including a bewigged Johnny Knoxville, did a disgustingly good job at playing their spandex-wearing, nut-punching comedy for all it was worth in their reinterpretations of “Inception,” “The Social Network” and “Black Swan” (complete with a diva-licious Rip Taylor cameo). (Christopher Polk / Getty Images)
1/12