The Hollywood-types behind cultural juggernaut The Social Network want you to know they really do “Like” Mark Zuckerberg, even if his film counterpart is something of an unflattering shadow.
The film picked up trophies for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Score and Best Picture at Sunday’s Golden Globes, and while acceptance speeches featured the usual thank yous, Zuckerberg also found himself onto those pocketed sheets of paper. “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,” producer Scott Rudin said while accepting the award for Best Picture, while screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s remarks seemed much more personal. “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. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and an altruist.”
Has the “Sorry We Made You Out To Be Something Of An Ass” speech finally come? Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg is unforgiving and at times almost scathing, fueled by Sorkin’s quick-witted script byway of Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires. Zuckerberg had absolutely nothing to do with the film or the book it’s based on, leaving The Social Network a very much unauthorized tale of Facebook creationism, with Zuck speaking out against the story’s inaccuracies before finally giving up and taking the entire company to see the film on opening day. (A classy move, in my opinion.)
Still, having real-life inspiration in attendance at big award shows is commonplace and while Temple Grandin, Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund were all Globes attendees Sunday night, Zuckerberg certainly wasn’t swapping wardrobe notes with Eisenberg. I doubt even an shot at Oscar attendance could lure him into marketing something that displayed a fictionalized version of every mistake his 19-year-old self made, but the beauty is that he doesn’t have to. Everything Facebook seems to touch this year is gold, and that is worth so much more.