David Fincher's "The Social Network," known casually as "The Facebook Movie," is going to be nominated for the Oscars.
The only question is, which ones?
I haven't seen the movie yet -- nobody outside its production has -- but I have read Aaron Sorkin's 162-page script, which tells a fascinating story with the necessary ingredients to translate into one of the year's best films.
With ten Best Picture nominees again this year and no clear-cut front-runners in sight, it's likely that the Columbia film will find itself in the Oscar conversation during the increasingly long awards season.
Based on Ben Mezrich's book "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal," the story charts Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's transformation from a happy, 19-year-old Harvard sophomore to a miserable 24-year-old internet billionaire who created an international phenomenon that became an unwieldy monster.
By all accounts, Zuckerberg's success went to his head and he became a bit of a brilliant jerk.
Jesse Eisenberg stars as Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield ("Lions For Lambs") plays Facebook co-founder and original financier Eduardo Saverin, while Justin Timberlake co-stars as Napster founder Sean Parker, the dot-com rock star who Zuckerberg became infatuated with after Facebook was established. In an interview with MTV, Eisenberg described the trio's relationship in the film as a platonic love triangle.
The film boasts Best Picture winner Scott Rudin ("No Country for Old Men") amongst the members of its producing team, but its best chance at Oscar glory lies with an unlikely candidate -- Timberlake.