Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/17/social_network_globes/

The Social Network scoops four Golden Globes

Aaron Sorkin praises 'visionary' Zuckerberg

By Lester Haines

Posted in Media, 17th January 2011 10:12 GMT

The Social Network was honoured with four Golden Globes yesterday, suggesting the movie may be headed for Oscar glory.

The fictional account of the rise of Facebook and its creator, Mark Zuckerberg, took the best drama award, best director for David Fincher, best screenplay for scribe Aaron Sorkin and best musical score.

The film has been heaped with critical praise since its release last year. The UK's Guardian described it as "compulsively watchable", while the New York Times called it "weirdly funny, exhilarating, alarming".

In the opening scene, the Zuckerberg character, played by Jesse Eisenberg, gets a few home truths from ex-girlfriend Erica Albright, played by Rooney Mara. She says: “You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.”

However, when he took to the stage yesterday to accept his Golden Globe, Aaron Sorkin declared: “I wanted to say to Mark Zuckerberg: if you’re watching tonight, Rooney Mara’s character makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie, she was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and a fantastic altruist.”

Among the other luminaries stepping forward to grasp a trophy were Brit Colin Firth, crowned best actor in a film drama for The King's Speech, and Natalie Portman, who took the female equivalent for her role in Black Swan.

There's full list of nominations and winners right here. ®