Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg did not participate in nor authorize The Social Network, the film about his entrepreneurial success and the origins of Facebook, and yet, since its release, David Fincher's movie has been cited as inspiring even more start-ups and social media. The film recounts the days back in 2003 when Harvard student Zuckerberg created the social networking site that was known first as “The Face Book”. As an undergrad and computer programming genius, Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg in the film) begins working on a new idea. In a flurry of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global phenomenon and a revolution in communication. He's later sued by the Winklevoss twins (both played by Armie Hammer) who claim he stole their idea. But six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg becomes the youngest billionaire in history.
The film's screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, said: "What attracted me to this project had nothing to do with Facebook... The story is as old as storytelling; the themes of friendship, loyalty, jealousy, class, and power.”
The Social Network gathered six Golden Globe nominations, winning three: Best Picture – Drama, Best Script – Sorkin – and Best Original Score, composed by Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
The Social Network was the talk of the town on that January 15, 2011, when the Golden Globe Awards were presented at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. And as expected it won over the other nominees, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech and Black Swan. Natalie Portman won the Globe for Best Actress – Drama for Black Swan: she was a student at Harvard when Zuckerberg created Facebook, and the two knew each other personally. Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for Best Actor, but Colin Firth won for The King's Speech. Andrew Garfield, who played Zuckenberg's friend (and later enemy) Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but Christian Bale won for The Fighter.
Michael Douglas presented The Social Network with the Golden Globe for Best Picture of the Year- Drama and producer Scott Rudin accepted the award, saying: “Thanks (to) everybody at Facebook, especially to Mark Zuckerberg for providing us a great metaphor about how we relate to each other, today, in our lives.”
The film went on to become a solid commercial success all over the world (by 2010 people's fascination for Zuckerberg was already huge), and most critics embraced it for its zest and sense of the zeitgeist. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote: "The Social Network is definitely the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumphed by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.” Another critic wrote that “watching this movie makes you want to run from the theater, grab your laptop and build your own empire... the film fuels the emerging perception that techies have become the new rock stars.”