Andrew Garfield: Social National Board of Review Network

Kevin Spacey, Armie Hammer, Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network at the National Board of Review awards gala

The annual National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards Gala is to the kick-off of the accolade’s season as the phrase “I’d like to thank [fill in the blank] is to the acceptance speech!

It also happens to precede that West Coast brouhaha – more often than not – that sets the stage for what acceptance speeches will be heard down the road.

Yes, we know that the People’s Choice now happens earlier but that’s fan based – dammit!  It’s so not the same.

This year NBR hosted the likes of the cast members of that facebook flick “The Social Network” – Jesse Eisenberg, Armie Hammer, producer Kevin Spacey and the new Spiderman – Andrew Garfield, joined by “The Fighter’s” Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg along with Michelle Williams, Alessandro Novila, Emily Mortimer, “True Grits'” Hailee Steinfeld, “The Town’s” Blake Lively and Ben Affleck, Jessica Lange and Special Filmmaking Achievement Award winner Sofia Coppola.

But it was the surprise attendance of Jennifer Garner that got all tongues wagging at an evening already full of glamour, gratitude and star power – all of who were ready to speak of their genuine appreciation for being acknowledged in the grandeur afforded by Cipriani 42nd Street and blah-blah-blah.

And for once, the inclement weather held off until the arrivals portion of the event was done.

And for that, we are truly grateful!

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