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Critics name top films for 2010

"Black Swan," starring Syosset-raised Natalie Portman, led contenders for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards with a record 12 nominations, among them best picture and actress.

Other best-picture nominees announced Monday were the survival story "127 Hours," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the sci-fi smash "Inception," the British monarchy tale "The King's Speech," the Facebook chronicle "The Social Network," the heist thriller "The Town," the animated blockbuster "Toy Story 3," the Western "True Grit" and the Ozarks crime yarn "Winter's Bone."

Presented by the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 16th annual awards will be handed out Jan. 14 in a ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. VH1 will air the show live, The Associated Press reports.

"The King's Speech" and "True Grit" were second with 11 nominations each.

"SOCIAL NETWORK" BEST IN NY. Meanwhile, "The Social Network" continued its virtual sweep of the early awards season, earning best film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

David Fincher, director of the Facebook drama, won best director in the awards, announced yesterday. The New York critics followed the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Online in choosing "The Social Network" as the year's best film.

The NYFCC awarded best actor to Colin Firth for the British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" and best actress to Annette Bening for the lesbian drama "The Kids Are All Right." "Black Swan" was awarded best cinematography for the work by Matthew Libatique.

The New York reviewers are among the influential critics groups that suggest potential favorites ahead of the Feb. 27 Academy Awards. The Oscar race will get a strong injection of drama this morning when the Golden Globes nominations are announced.

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