The 2010 film The Social Network tells the well-known story of Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) who becomes a billionaire by creating Facebook. Zuckerberg ends up caught in a web of legal disputes as the friends who allegedly helped him during his rise to the top (rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and their business partner Divya Narendra) want their share of the Facebook riches. Executive producer Kevin Spacey said at the time of the film’s release, “The Social Network is probably going to be a lot funnier than people might expect it to be.” While several parodies of “The Social Network” have been made, including a popular one on Zach Galifianakis’s web series “Between Two Ferns,” the Academy Awards voted on it as a drama.
ABC is airing the Oscar-nominated The Social Network (it received 8 nominations!) on February 21 at 8:30pm, the eve of the 87th Academy Awards. The Social Network director David Fincher (who also directed Spacey in Se7en) will be at the Oscars to root for Rosamund Pike to take home the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role. Pike is nominated for her performance in Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl, which no one has called a comedy.