The Social Network filmmakers praise Facebook CEO

By on January 17, 2011, 2:29 PM
The Social Network won Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Score, and Best Picture at the Golden Globes. Interestingly, the movie's film filmmakers made a point to acknowledge the real Mark Zuckerberg in their acceptance speeches.

After winning up a number of major awards at The Golden Globes, writer Aaron Sorkin had some interesting things to say in his Best Screenplay acceptance speech. "I wanted to say to Mark Zuckerberg, if you're watching tonight, Rooney Mara's character makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie, she was wrong," Sorkin said on stage. "You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary, and an altruist." Here is what Rooney Mara's character said in the movie:

You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole.

While accepting the award for Best Picture of the year, producer Scott Rudin also praised Facebook's CEO: "I want to thank everybody at Facebook; Mark Zuckerberg for his willingness to allow us to use his life and work as a metaphor through which to tell a story about communication and the way we relate to each other."

Facebook had many issues with the film, mainly because the company was worried the general public would forget it is fiction. That being said, Zuckerberg reportedly decided it was best to take his employees to see the movie rather than trying to hide or criticize its release.

In mildly related news, FrameThink has an excellent post titled "How Facebook Ships Code." It's a long list of notes explaining how the social network operates, develops, and releases software that you may find interesting.


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