06 Feb '11, 10pm

So what if Oscar doesn't get it?: The advance buzz on The Social Network, his Facebook drama, was unprecedented....

FOR AT least a year, David Fincher's (picture) name seemed all but engraved on the Best Director Oscar. The advance buzz on The Social Network, his Facebook drama, was unprecedented. The critics went wild, the public followed suit, and soon the Golden Globe for Best Director was his, along with eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Then came the upset: The Directors Guild Of America gave its top prize to Tom Hooper, for The King's Speech. Only six times in its 63-year history has its top prize not gone to someone who then went on to win the Oscar. What happened? Did The Social Network lose momentum? Fincher was talking to me, after all, to promote the film's DVD release in the United Kingdom; it's rare for such a thing to happen before Oscar night. At the time of our talking, there had been barely a batsqueak of scepticism that it was anything other than a gong-...

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