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Why Didn't 'The Social Network' Win More Oscars?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- It grabbed four major Golden Globes. Before, after and along the way, it won a wealth of praise. So why didn't The Social Network win more Oscars?

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, The Social Network scored three -- best adapted screenplay, best original score and best editing. In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, David Fincher seemed all but certain to walk away with the trophy for directing. Best picture, while something of a long shot, also seemed within reach.

The King's Speech bested the Facebook drama in both categories. Colin Firth also beat out Jesse Eisenberg to win the best actor prize, but that was expected.

Why did the Hollywood excitement for The Social Network, a saga about the creation of Facebook, all but evaporate? There is the fact that the film's stars, subject matter and core audience are so young. Not so with The King's Speech, which deals with a relatively ancient topic, includes actors in the prime of their careers, and is more likely to resonate with the majority of age 50-plus Academy voters.

But the people behind The Social Network stand by their movie and the way it was promoted.

"We released the movie at the time we felt it was most appropriate, and it performed beyond our expectations," Social Network producer Mike De Luca told at Sunday night's Vanity Fair post-Oscars party. "Maybe it wasn't as pleasing as The King's Speech to Oscar voters. And historically, there is a disconnect between the critics and those voters. But the emotional complexity is what I love about The Social Network. I did take comfort in Steven Spielberg's reminder of the great films that didn't win best picture." 

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