The Social Network
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, the film portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake as the other principals involved in the website's creation. Neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook staff were involved with the project, although Eduardo Saverin, one of the co-founders of the website, was a consultant for Mezrich's book. The film was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 1, 2010.
The film received widespread acclaim, with critics praising it for its editing, acting, score, direction and screenplay. However, some people, including Zuckerberg himself, criticized the film for its many inaccuracies. The Social Network appeared on 78 critics' Top 10 list for 2010; of those critics, 22 had the film in their number-one spot. Rolling StoneTemplate:'s Peter Travers said "The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade."
It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Fincher), and Best Actor (Eisenberg), and won three for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. At the 68th Golden Globe Awards, the film won Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score.
- Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg
- Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin
- Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker
- Armie Hammer as Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss
- Max Minghella as Divya Narendra
- Josh Pence as Tyler Winklevoss (body double for Armie Hammer)
- Brenda Song as Christy Lee
- Rashida Jones as Marylin Delpy
- John Getz as Sy
- David Selby as Gage
- Denise Grayson as Gretchen
- Douglas Urbanski as Larry Summers
- Rooney Mara as Erica Albright
- Joseph Mazzello as Dustin Moskovitz
- Dustin Fitzsimons as The Phoenix S-K Club President
- Wallace Langham as Peter Thiel
- Dakota Johnson as Amelia Ritter
- Malese Jow as Alice Cantwel
- Trevor Wright as Josh Thompson
- Shelby Young as K.C.
- Aaron Sorkin as Ad Executive