The International Press Academy handed out its 2010 Golden Satellite Awards at a luncheon today at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, CA, officially kicking off awards season to honor the best in film and television this year.
The Social Network, the critically-acclaimed film based on a book about the beginnings of Facebook, won three awards: Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director for David Fincher, and Best Adapted Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.
Inception, the dream heist summer blockbuster, also won three honors, in technical categories: Best Original Score for Hans Zimmer, Best Cinematography for Wally Pfister, and Best Art Direction and Production for Guy Hendrix Dyas, Luke Freeborn, Brad Ricker, and Dean Wolcott.
The King’s Speech won the honor for Best Original Screenplay, with Colin Firth also winning in the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Drama) category. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was named Best Foreign Language Film, with its lead Noomi Rapace taking the Best Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) award.
The graphic novel-based spectacular Scott Pilgrim v. the World won in the Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) category, along with a win for Michael Cera as the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Comedy/Musical) category. Toy Story 3 took the honor of Best Animated Feature, and Tim Burton’s interpretation of Alice in Wonderland won for its work in Visual Effects and Costume Design.
Top acting honors in film also went to Anne Hathaway as Best Actress in a Leading Role (Comedy/Musical) for Love and Other Drugs, Jacki Weaver for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Animal Kingdom, and Christian Bale for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in The Fighter.
On the television side of things, Showtime’s The Big C won the award for Best Television Series (Comedy/Musical). Laura Linney won for Best Actress in a Series (Comedy/Musical) for her role on the show. Breaking Bad on AMC was the International Press Academy’s choice for Best Television Series (Drama), with Bryan Cranston winning the honor for Best Actor in a Series (Drama) for the same show. Alec Baldwin was given the award for Best Actor in a Series (Comedy/Musical) for 30 Rock, while Connie Britton won as the Best Actress in a Series (Drama) for her work in Friday Night Lights.
Special achievement awards were also presented on Monday afternoon. They included the Mary Pickford Award to Vanessa Williams, the Nikola Tesla Award to Robert A. Harris, the Auteur Award to Alex Gibney, and the Humanitarian Award to Connie Stevens.
The International Press Academy is an association of professional entertainment journalists, representing domestic and international markets in print, radio, television, cable, and new media outlets. The Golden Satellite Awards is in its 15th year.
For a full list of all the winners and nominees, visit the International Press Academy online.