Ashland High School graduate David Fincher received his second Academy Award nomination early Tuesday morning when “The Social Network,” the film about the founding of Facebook earned him a nod as Best Director.
Fincher, who has always won the Golden Globe and the National Board of Review honor for the film, shares the Best Director category with Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Joel & Ethan Coen (True Grit), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and David O. Russell (The Fighter).
“I’m very grateful and humbled by the nominations for The Social Network. I’m incredibly proud of the work of my wildly talented collaborators in front of and behind the camera — all of whom gave the best of themselves and their talents in service to a film about a ground-breaking American innovation,” Fincher said in a statement.
“This directing nomination represents the sum of the work of all of us, and I want to acknowledge the vast contributions to this film of all of my good friends and creative partners. The success of our movie belongs to many people, and this nomination is theirs to share.”
“The Social Network” received 8 nominations overall, including Best Picture. “The King’s Speech,” the story of how King George VI of Britain overcame a speech impediment to rally his country during World War II, led all films with 12 nominations.
As was the case last year, 10 films were selected for Best Picture nominations: 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter’s Bone.
Fincher, whose other nomination was for Best Director in 2009 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” also has been nominated for the top prize from the Directors Guild of America for “The Social Network.” He is a 1980 graduate of Ashland High School.
The Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 27.