Academy Award Nominations for 2012


Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their Oscar Award nominations. The awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 24, 2013.amour_2_movie_poster

Surprise omissions include:

  • Best Picture: Moonrise Kingdom
  • Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo; Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Best Actor: John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone; Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
  • Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, Skyfall
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy; Judi Dench, Skyfall 
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master; Rian Johnson, Looper
  • Best Animated Feature: Rise of the Guardians
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Intouchables
  • Best Documentary Feature: This is Not a Film; The Imposter
  • Best Original Song:  Learn Me Right, Brave; From Here to the Moon and Back, Joyful Noise

Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees:Argo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominees:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominees:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees:

Best Achievement in Directing Nominees:

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominees:Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Nominees:

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Nominees:

Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominees:

Best Achievement in Editing Nominees:

Best Achievement in Production Design Nominees:

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Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Nominees:

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominees:zero_dark_thirty_ver3_xlg

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Nominees:

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Nominees:

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Best Documentary, Features Nominees:

Best Documentary, Short Subjects Nominees:

Best Short Film, Animated Nominees:

Best Short Film, Live Action Nominees:

BAFTA Award Nominations for 2012


Today, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their award nominations for 2012.Argo

Best Film Nominees:

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year Nominees:

Best Actor Nominees:Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster

Best Actress Nominees:

Best Supporting Actor Nominees:

Best Supporting Actress Nominees:

David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction Nominees:

Best Screenplay (Original) Nominees:

Best Screenplay (Adapted) Nominees:

Best Cinematography Nominees:

Best Editing Nominees:

Best Production Design Nominees:Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Costume Design Nominees:

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music Nominees:

Best Make Up/Hair Nominees:

Best Sound Nominees:

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects Nominees:

Best Film not in the English Language Nominees:

Best Animated Feature Film Nominees:

Best Documentary Nominees:

EE Rising Star Award Nominees:

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Nominees:

Best Short Animation Nominees:

Best Short Film Nominees:

Directors Guild Award Nominations for 2012


Today the Directors Guild announced their nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for 2012.Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster

The Nominees are:

Ben Affleck for Argo

Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty

Tom Hooper for Les Misérables

Ang Lee for Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg for Lincoln

A reminder that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards this Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Check out my predictions:

Terry Gale’s 2013 Oscar Nomination Predictions

Best Reviewed Movies of 2012


According to Rotten Tomatoes, here are the top 100 best critic reviewed movies of 2012: this_is_not_a_film_poster1

1. This Is Not a Film (2012)
2. How to Survive a Plague (2012)
3. The Invisible War (2012)
4. Planet of Snail (2012)
5. The Waiting Room (2012)
6. Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)
7. Wild Bill (2012)
8. Finding Nemo 3D (2012)
9. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
10. Oslo, August 31st (2012)
11. Brooklyn Castle (2012)
12 The Island President (2012)
13. Monsieur Lazhar (2012)
14. Chasing Ice (2012)
15. The Loved Ones (2012)
16 Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)
17. Argo (2012)
18. Monsters, Inc. 3D (2012)
19 The Imposter (2012)
20. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
21. Sister (2012)
22. West of Memphis (2012)
23 Yellow Submarine (2012)
24. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)
25. Sleepless Night (2012)
26. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
27. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
28. The Queen of Versailles (2012)
29. Marley (2012)
30. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012)
31. The Central Park Five (2012)
32. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
33. The Angels’ Share (2012)
34. Bonsái (2012)
35. Looper (2012)
36. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
37. The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
38. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
39. The House I Live In (2012)
40. Side by Side (2012)
41. 5 Broken Cameras (2012)
42. The Sessions (2012)
43. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
44. The Sapphires (2012)
45. Elena (2012)
46. Barbara (2012)
47. Turn Me On, Dammit! (2012)
48. Shadow Dancer (2012)
49. Last Ride (2012)
50. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
51. Skyfall (2012)
52. Bernie (2012)
53. Amour (2012)
54. Headhunters (2012)
55. I Wish (2012)
56. The Fairy (2012)
57. Starlet (2012)
58. Girl Model (2012)
59. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
60. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)
61. Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
62. A Simple Life (2012)
63. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
64. Lincoln (2012)
65. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
66. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
67. Holy Motors (2012)
68. In Darkness (2012)
69. The Well Digger’s Daughter (2012)
70. The Hunt (Jagten) (2012)
71. The Green Wave (2012)
72. Gayby (2012)
73. Somewhere Between (2012)
74. Life of Pi (2012)
75. Frankenweenie (2012)
76. Compliance (2012)
77. A Royal Affair (2012)
78. Neil Young Journeys (2012)
79. Django Unchained (2012)
80. Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
81. Robot & Frank (2012)
82. The Big Picture (2012)
83. Sightseers (2012)
84. Head Games (2012)
85. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)
86. Tabu (2012)
87. The Other Dream Team (2012)
88. Portrait of Wally (2012)
89. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)
90. Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012)
91. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
92. Boy (2012)
93. The Turin Horse (2012)
94. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
95. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
96. Chronicle (2012)
97. ParaNorman (2012)
98. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
99. Bully (2012)
100. Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

Writers Guild Award Nominations for 2012


The Writers Guild announced their annual award nominations on Friday, January 4. There were very few surprises.flight-movie-poster1

Original Screenplay Nominees:

Adapted Screenplay Nominees:

 Documentary Screenplay Nominees:936full-searching-for-sugar-man-poster

 Dramatic Series Nominees:

 Comedy Series Nominees:

New Series Nominees:

Comedy/Variety Series Nominees:

Episodic Drama Nominees:

 Episodic Comedy Nominees:

 Long Form – Original Nominees:

Long Form – Adaptation Nominees:

Top Grossing Specialty Films of 2012


According to Indiewire, here are the top grossing “Specialty films” of 2012. Only films both released in initially limited screen counts (under 1,000 screens) and by specialty distributors were included.

Movie Studio Gross

1

The Best Exotic Margiold Hotel Fox Searchlight $46,385,112

2

Moonrise Kingdom Focus Features $45,512,466

3

2016 Obama’s America Rocky Mountain $33,449,086

4

Silver Linings Playbook Weinstein Company $28,682,072

5

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summit $17,311,829

6

To Rome With Love Sony Classics $16,685,867

7

The Master Weinstein Company $15,956,662

8

Beasts of the Southern Wild Fox Searchlight $11,249,128

9

Anna Karenina Focus Features $10,705,866

10

The Intouchables Weinstein Company $10,140,608

11

Bernie Millennium $9,206,470

12

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen CBS Films $9,047,981

13

Arbitrage Roadside $7,902,573

14

Friends With Kids Roadside $7,251,073

15

Casa De Mi Padre Lionsgate $5,909,482

16

For Greater Glory Arc Entertainment $5,672,846

17

The Sessions Fox Searchlight $5,514,701

18

October Baby Samuel Goldwyn $5,157,886

19

Hitchcock Fox Searchlight $4,985,679

20

Jeff, Who Lives at Home Paramount Vantage $4,269,426

My Ratings of the Top Box Office Films of 2012


Here are my ratings of the top box office films of 2012:

Movie My Rating

1

Marvel’s The Avengers Good ****

2

The Dark Knight Rises Excellent *****

3

The Hunger Games Excellent *****

4

Skyfall Excellent *****

5

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Not Seen

6

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Not Seen

7

The Amazing Spider-Man Good ****

8

Brave Excellent *****

9

Ted Good ****

10

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Good ****

11

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Good ****

12

Wreck-It Ralph Not Seen

13

MIB 3 Good ****

14

Lincoln Not Seen

15

Ice Age: Continental Drift Good ****

16

Snow White and the Huntsman Fair ***

17

Django Unchained Not Seen

18

Hotel Transylvania Good ****

19

Les Miserables (2012) Not Seen

20

Taken 2 Not Seen

21

21 Jump Street Good ****

22

Prometheus Fair ***

23

Safe House Fair ***

24

The Vow Good ****

25

Argo Not Seen

26

Magic Mike Fair ***

27

The Bourne Legacy Not Seen

28

Life of Pi Not Seen

29

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Poor**

30

Rise of the Guardians Not Seen

 

My 2012 Oscar Nomination Predictions


The Academy of Motion Picture Sciences will announce their nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Here are my 2012 Oscar nomination predictions (in order of probability) along with the actual nominations in blue:Argo

Best Picture

Predicted Nominations:

  • Argo
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Les Misérables

If Six Nominations:

  • Life of Pi

If Seven Nominations:

  • Django Unchained

If Eight Nominations:lincoln-movie-poster

  • Moonrise Kingdom

If Nine Nominations:

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

If Ten Nominations:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Other Possible Contenders:

  • The Master
  • Amour
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Skyfall

Other Note-Worthy Films:

  • The SessionsSilverLiningsPlaybook
  • Flight
  • The Impossible
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Hitchcock
  • Promised Land
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • The Hunger Games

Best Director

Predicted Nominations:

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbookzero_dark_thirty_ver3_xlg
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Tom Hooper, Les Misérables
  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
  • Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

Other Note-Worthy Directors:

  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ben Lewin, The Sessions
  • Sam Mendes, Skyfall
  • Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises
  • Gus Vant Sant, Promised Land
  • Robert Zemeckis, Flight Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster
  • Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • John Madden, The Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Lasse Hallström, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Joe Wright, Anna Karenina
  • Juan Antonio Bavona, The Impossible
  • Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock

Best Actor

Predicted Nominations:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook 
  • Hugh Jackman,  Les Misérables

Other Possible Contenders:life_of_pi_movie_poster_1

  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage 
  • Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
  • Anthony Hopkins, Hitchcock

Other Note-Worthy Performances:

  • Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour 
  • Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Daniel Craig, Skyfall
  • Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
  • Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi
  • Matt Damon, Promised Land
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises
  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen & The Impossibledjango-unchained-poster
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch

Best Actress

Predicted Nominations:

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea 
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Other Note-Worthy Performances:moonrise_kingdom_ver2

  • Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina
  • Laura Linney, Hyde Park on Hudson 
  • Deanie Yip, A Simple Life
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet 
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed 
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springs 
  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere

Best Supporting Actor

Predicted Nominations:

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincolnbeastssouthernwild
  • Javier Bardem, Skyfall
  • Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • William H. Macy, The Sessions
  • Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike 

Other Note-Worthy Performances:

  • Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained 
  • Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ezra MillerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables
  • John Goodman, Flight or ArgoBest Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Hal Holbrook, Promised Land
  • Russell Crowe, Les Misérables

Best Supporting Actress

Predicted Nominations:

  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
  • Ann Dowd, Compliance
  • Samantha Barks, Les Misérablesbatman-dark-knight-rises-fire-regular-reprint-movie-poster
  • Judi Dench, Skyfall 

Other Note-Worthy Performances:

  • Jennifer Ehle, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Pauline Collins, Quartet
  • Kelly Reilly, Flight
  • Kerry Washington, Django Unchained
  • Helena Bonham Carter, Les Misérables
  • Frances McDormand, Promised Land
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Adapted Screenplay

Predicted Nominations:

  • Chris Terrio, Argo
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbookamy-adams-new-the-master-poster
  • David Magee, Life of Pi
  • Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Lucy Alibar & Ben Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ben Lewin, The Sessions 
  • Ol Parker, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • William Nicholson, Les Miserables

Other Note-Worthy Adapted Screenplays:

  • Tom Stoppard, Anna Karenina
  • Jose Rivera, On The Road
  • Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain, Rust and Bone
  • Christopher & Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises 
  • Judd Apatow, This is 40
  • John Logan, Patrick Marber, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Skyfall amour_2_movie_poster
  • John J. McLaughlin, Hitchcock
  • Simon Beaufoy, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Ronald Harwood, Quartet

Best Original Screenplay

Predicted Nominations:

  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
  • Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
  • Rian Johnson, Looper

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • John Gatins, Flight 
  • Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, The Intouchablesskyfall
  • Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere
  • Reid Carolin, Magic Mike

Other Note-Worthy Original Screenplays:

  • Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths 
  • Matt Damon & John Krasinski, Promised Land 
  • Sergio G. Sanchez, The Impossible 
  • Dan Fogelman, The Guilt Trip
  • Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz 
  • Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods

Best Animated Feature

Predicted Nominations:

  • Brave
  • Frankenweeniesessions_ver2
  • ParaNorman
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Rise of the Guardians

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • The Painting (Le Tableau)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • The Rabbi’s Cat
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman 

Other Note-Worthy Animated Films:

  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Zarafaflight-movie-poster1
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift

Best Foreign Language Film

Predicted Nominations:

  • Amour
  • The Intouchables
  • A Royal Affair
  • Kon-Tiki
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Other Possible Contenders:

  • War Witch
  • Sister
  • The Deep
  • Beyond the Hills110237_glg

Other Note-Worthy Foreign Films:

  • Rust and Bone
  • I Wish
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • Once Upon A Time in Anatolia
  • Holy Motors
  • Tabu
  • The Loneliest Planet
  • The Turin Horse
  • Oslo, August 31st 
  • Lore
  • Our Children
  • Barbara

Best Documentary Feature

Predicted Nominations:the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-poster

  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • This is Not a Film

Other Possible Contenders:

  • The Imposter
  • Detropia
  • The Waiting Room
  • Bully
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • The House I Live In
  • Chasing Ice
  • Ethelhitchcock-final-movie-poster
  • 5 Broken Cameras

Other Note-Worthy Documentaries:

  • The Queen of Versailles
  • The Central Park Five
  • Samsara
  • West of Memphis

Best Original Song

Predicted Nominations:

  • Skyfall, Skyfall
  • Suddenly,  Les Misérables
  • Learn Me Right, Brave
  • From Here to the Moon and Back, Joyful Noise
  • Abraham’s Daughter, The Hunger GamesPromised-Land-Movie-Poster-300x444

Other Possible Contenders:

  • Still Alive, Paul Williams Still Alive
  • For You, Act of Valor
  • Not Running Anymore, Stand Up Guys
  • Touch the Sky, Brave
  • Ancora Qui, Django Unchained

Other Note-Worthy Songs: 

  • Safe & Sound, The Hunger Games
  • Dull Tool, This is 40
  • Breath of Life, Snow White and the Huntman
  • Strange Love, Frankenweenie
  • When Can I See You Again, Wreck-It Ralph
  • Still Dream, Rise of the Guardians