Boston takes center stage for top films of the year

Hollywood will likely remember 2010 as the year it made it in Massachusetts. From “The Town” to “Knight and Day” to Oscar favorite “The Social Network,” it felt like one high-profile movie after another either used Boston for a backdrop or shot here on location.

Granted, these “Massachusetts” flicks began as a Bay State bust with the January release of Mel Gibson’s insipid “Edge of Darkness,” but as the year progressed, the quality gradually improved until reaching a pinnacle with “The Social Network,” the Harvard-set tale about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook.

“The Social Network” is emerging as a heavy favorite to win the Oscar for Best Picture, but it will hardly be the only “Massachusetts” movie scoring nominations. “The Fighter,” the story of troubled Lowell boxing brothers Dicky Eklund and Micky Ward, is a lock to garner at least three nods for actors Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.

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