Inception Woos Tech Heads at Oscars, The Social Network Doesn't

Paul Lilly

There aren't many Oscar awards aimed at recognizing technological triumphs, so the fact that "Inception" won an Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects is pretty impressive. It's really the only tech-related Oscar on the table, and it went to a non-3D film during a year that saw a record number of 3D movies and related box office sales.

Also fighting for the award were "Alice in Wonderland," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One," "Hereafter," and "Iron Man 2." But "Inception" beat them all, and also won Oscars for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Cinematrography.

Facebook fans rooting for "The Social Network" to clean up at the Oscars like it did at the Golden Globes had to settle for it winning Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Screenplay Adaption. It was also in contention for Best Picture for the movie's controversial depiction of how Facebook came into existence, as well as Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Actor. Out of all of those, the biggest snub might be the Best Actor award. Whether accurate or not, Jesse Eisenberg did a fantastic job in his role as Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook.

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