“The Social Network”  – aka “the Facebook Movie” – is a likely contendor for an Academy Award after several Film Critics Societies gathered this weekend and named the film, and its actors, the best of the year. The movie, which follows the story of Mark Zuckerberg, his invention of Facebook, and those he burns along the way, was definitely one of the most talked about films of 2010.

This weekend, film critics from Boston to Los Angeles to New York named “The Social Network” the Best Film of the Year. The Boston Society of Film Critics named Jesse Eisenberg, who played Zuckerberg, as best actor. The National Board of Review also named Eisenberg best actor, and gave “The Social Network'”s director, David Fincher, and its screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin honors for the film. “The Social Network” also made the American Film Institute’s unranked list of the top ten American narratives of the year, joining one of my personal favorites, Toy Story 3. If Academy members think the Social Network is worthy of an Oscar, they will start their nominations in late December, and voting members will vote for winners in January. The winners will be announced on February 27, 2011.

Did you see the Social Network in theatres? Do you think it was the best film of 2010?