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National Board of Review names 'Social Network' best film

The National Board of Review, widely considered a harbinger of the Academy Awards, has chosen "The Social Network" as the best film of the year, The Associated Press reports.

The NBR lavished a total of four awards on the film, naming David Fincher best director, Aaron Sorkin's script best adapted screenplay and Jesse Eisenberg best actor. Eisenberg plays Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in the film, which has won critical praise and earned more than $180 million worldwide at the box office.

The National Board of Review, which is composed of film historians, students and educators, was founded in 1909. The awards will be handed out Jan. 11 in a New York gala hosted by Meredith Vieira.

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