You take the good (Annette Bening’s Oscar-worthy performance in The Kids are All Right), you take the bad (Kate Plus 8), you take them both (Sandra Bullock’s Oscar? Good. Jesse James cheating on her with multiple women? Bad.) and there you have… Entertainment Weekly’s Best of 2010 issue! As always, EW has assembled a complete guide to the year in entertainment, including our picks for the best and worst of the year. To help get the festivities started, here’s a look at our critics’ choices for the top movie, TV show, and album of 2010.
Movies (Lisa Schwarzbaum’s pick): The Social Network With Aaron Sorkin spinning the words, the zippy-smart story encompasses a sharp meditation on the intersection of intellectual genius, business ruthlessness, male geekdom, and the sexual insecurities that drive everyone to do everything.
Movies (Owen Gleiberman’s pick): The Social Network It’s been a long time since we saw a movie that’s a zingingly scripted, boldly acted, intricately executed thriller for the brain and a brilliant topical riff on what’s really happening in America. Jesse Eisenberg, in the finest performance by an actor this year, plays Mark Zuckerberg as a magnetic jerk-hero who invents Facebook not just because he feels like an outsider, but because he has an idea to rewire who we are.
TV (Ken Tucker’s pick): Breaking Bad Breaking Bad is forever grappling with questions of morality and mortality, but not in the usual manner. There’s little in the way of redemption sought, or of a hero pulling himself together to do the right thing. Instead, it’s often about doing the next right thing… even if it means facing down awkward situations or, at the most extreme, death.
Music (Leah Greenblatt’s pick): Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy This Fantasy, in the end, is West’s alone: a dense, dazzling rap masterpiece — and a thrown gauntlet to all those who forgot, in the wild media rumpus, just how singular his talent is.
For the full best and worst lists in movies, TV, music, books, and more — and to see who we named 2010’s breakout stars — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, December 17.