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The 2013 Academy Award Winners


The Oscar 2013 Winners:

Here is the complete list of 2013 Academy Award winners:argo01
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Best Animated Feature:

Best Foreign Language FIlm:

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Cinematography:

Best Film Editing:

Best Production Design:

Best Costume Design:

Best Original Score:

Best Original Song:

Best Sound Editing (tie):

Best Sound Mixing:

Best Visual Effects:

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Best Animated Short:

Best Live Action Short:

Best Documentary Short:

My Predicitons for the 2013 Academy Awards


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, 2013.argo-affleck-852-04022909

Here are my predictions:

Best Motion Picture Predicted Winner:

  • Argo – This inspirational, true-life take on an incredible tale of courage and perseverance seems to have the most positive buzz among the press. It has also dominated the major categories at the Golden Globes, SAGs, DGAs, PGAs and BAFTA Awards.  The snub for Ben Affleck in the Best Director category has seemed to help propel this film forward.

Best Motion Picture Possible Upset:

  • Lincoln – This epic tale also has a small chance to take the top prize, as it made a strong showing with the number of Academy Award nominations. This upset is very slim though, as Argo is the lincoln-daniel-day-lewismore likely winner.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis for LincolnA two-time Academy Award winner in this category, Day-Lewis has the most critical momentum and the most number of other honours for this role for him to take the top honor in this category.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables – Jackman is a very charismatic presence in Hollywood and has generated a lot of positive buzz around a heartfelt performance that shows off his skills as an actor and singer. Jackman though is not very likely to win over Day-Lewis.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Predicted Winner:

  • Emmanuelle Riva for Amour  – As  the oldest person ever to be nominated in this category, Riva has garnered a considerable amount of praise for her sensitive portrayal of a women amour-riva_2448292bin her declining years including the BAFTA award for Best Actress.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Possible Upset:

  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook – Lawrence is a huge rising star in Hollywood and has generated lots of positive buzz for her performance. She is definitely the “It” girl in Hollywood and has a very strong chance of taking home this award.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained – This category is going to very close to predict with all the nominees being previous Oscar winners. Though most film critics are going with Robert De Niro, I will still have to go with Waltz for his portrayal of a menacing bounty hunter. He also has already picked up the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category and is well-respected in Hollywood.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Possible Upset:christopher-waltz-jamie-foxx-django-unchained

  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln – Lee Jones is also very well liked and respected as an actor. His performance also has generated a lot of acclaim including a SAG award in this same category.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Predicted Winner:

  • Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables – Hathaway has generated the most positive buzz and acclaim for a performance where she shows off her talents as an actress and singer. She is also very well liked in Hollywood and is by far the favorite to win in this category.

 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role  Possible Upset:

  • Sally Field for Lincoln – Field has also received a lot of positive attention for her performance and is very well liked and respected in Hollywood. She has already won two Oscars and people like a comeback story. It is though very unlikely that she will win over Hathaway in this category.

Best Achievement in Directing Predicted Winner:1500_les_miserables_anne_hathaway

  • Michael Haneke for Amour – With Affleck and Bigelow out of the picture, the winner is likely going to be Haneke for directing for what many consider to be the best picture of the last year even though it is a foreign language film.

Best Achievement in Directing Possible Upset:

  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln – The veteran filmmaker is one of the most successful and accomplished directors of all-time and has the name clout with voters. He is also a two-time winner in this category.  As Affleck has taken home most of the other major prizes in this category, this one is harder to predict with even Ang Lee having a shot for Life of Pi, as Lee is also a previous winner in this category.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Predicted Winner:

  • Amour: Michael Haneke – This is really a close call; I will have to give a slight lead to Haneke for his screenplay for Amour,  considered to be one of the best films of last year.Michael-Haneke--Amour

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Possible Upset:

  • Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino – A previous winner in this category, Tarantino also has a really good shot at winning, having already won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for this screenplay. Tarantino also has the name recognition factor.

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

  • Argo: Chris Terrio  – This category is also going to be really close. Though, I will have to go with the screenplay for Argo, which has already won a Writers Guild Award. Argo is very popular amongst award voters and has garnered more buzz due to Affleck’s snub in the Best Director category.

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

  • Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell – Russell also has a really strong chance of winning in this category, having already won the BAFTA and Independent Spirit Award. The filmSILVER-LININGS-PLAYBOOK-DIR-David-O-Russell-with-Bradley-Cooper-and-Jennifer-Lawrence also has a lot of positive buzz.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Brave – Out of all the animated films this past year, this film has generated the most acclaim and accolades, including the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in this category. Brave was also the highest grossing animated film at the box office this past year.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – This film also has a shot in this category, as it also has had a lot of positive press and was a big draw at the box office this past year. 

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Predicted Winner:

  • Amour (Austria) – This film is almost a sure bet in this category. Out of all the foreign language films this year, this one has garnered the most awards, including the Golden Globe Braveand the BAFTA, acclaim and positive press.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Possible Upset:

  • A Royal Affair (Denmark) – Though all the nominations were strong candidates, I will have to go with this costume period drama for a distant second place. Note: None of the films, including this one, really stand a chance against Amour in this category.

Best Documentary, Feature Predicted Winner:

  • Searching for Sugar Man – Out of all the Documentary Features, this film is the most crowd pleasing and has the most positive buzz, It has already won the BAFTA in this category, as well as Producers and Writers Guild awards.

Best Documentary, Feature Possible Upset:

  • The Invisible War – All the other contenders in this category deal with more somber subject matters and are all excellent films in their one right, making this category hard to call. I will have to go with this feature as a possible upset, as the film deals with the disturbing subject of sexual assaults of female personnel in the military. Though 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, and How to Survive a Plague all also stand a chance of winning.daniel-craig-judi-dench-skyfall

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

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth – This was a huge film this year and the song was one of the many highlights. The song has already won a number of major awards and is also co-written and sung by Adele, who is extremely popular.

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

Best and Worst Reviewed Movies of 2012


According to Metacritic, here are the best and worst movies of 2012 based on the site’s metascores.

The Best Wide Releases of 2012:zero_dark_thirty_ver2

   Movie  Genre

1

Zero Dark Thirty  Action, Drama, Thriller

2

Lincoln Drama

3

Argo Drama

4

The Master Drama

5

Moonrise Kingdom Drama, Comedy

6

Looper Sci-Fi, Action

7

Skyfall Action

8

Silver Linings Playbook Drama, Comedy

9

Django Unchained Action, Drama, Western

10

The Secret World of Arrietty Animation, Family

11

Life of Pi Drama, Adventure

12

The Dark Knight Rises Action

13

Flight Drama

14

Frankenweenie Animation, Family

15

The Raid: Redemption Action

16

The Pirates! Band of Misfits Animation, Family

17

Wreck-It Ralph Animation, Family

18

Magic Mike Drama, Comedy

19

The Cabin in the Woods Horror

20

ParaNorman Animation, Family

21

Brave Animation, Family

22

The Avengers Action

23

Chronicle Action

24

21 Jump Street Action, Comedy

25

End of Watch Drama, Thriller

The Worst Wide Releases of 2012:

   Movie Genre

1

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Horror

2

The Apparition Horror

3

The Devil Inside Horror

4

One for the Money Action, Comedy

5

The Cold Light of Day Action, Thriller

6

Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 Drama

7

A Thousand Words Comedy

8

Playing for Keeps Rom-com

9

Alex Cross Thriller

10

House at the End of the Street Horror

The Best Limited Releases of 2012:

   Movie Genre

1

Amour Foreign, Drama

2

This Is Not a Film Foreign, Documentary

3

The Gatekeepers Foreign, Documentary

4

How to Survive a Plague Documentary

5

Barbara Foreign, Drama

6

Elena Foreign, Drama

7

The Kid with a Bike Foreign, Drama

8

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters Documentary

9

Beasts of the Southern Wild Drama, Fantasy

10

The Waiting Room Documentary

11

Holy Motors Foreign, Drama

12

Oslo, August 31st Foreign, Drama

13

Monsieur Lazhar Foreign, Drama

14

The Day He Arrives Foreign, Drama

15

The Flat Foreign, Documentary

16

Side by Side Documentary

17

The Deep Blue Sea Drama

18

In the Family Drama

19

Tabu Foreign, Drama

20

Footnote Foreign, Drama

21

Marley Music, Documentary

22

Under African Skies Music, Documentary

23

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Foreign, Drama

24

Sister Foreign, Drama

25

Tchoupitoulas Documentary

The Worst Limited Releases of 2012:

   Movie Genre

1

The Tortured Horror, Thriller

2

A Little Bit of Heaven Rom-com

3

Excuse Me for Living Comedy

4

After Fall, Winter Drama

5

Assassin’s Bullet Action, Thriller

6

Smiley Horror

7

30 Beats Rom-com

8

Supercapitalist Thriller

9

That’s What She Said Comedy

10

Beneath the Darkness Horror, Thriller

 

Critics’ Choice Awards for 2012


On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.Argo

Here are the winners and nominees:

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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)

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

My Picks for the Best Movies of 2012


Here are my picks for the best movies I saw in 2012:beastssouthernwild

  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Looper
  4. The Dark Knight Rises
  5. Skyfall
  6. Argo
  7. The Hunger Games
  8. Brave
  9. Arbitrage
  10. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  11. The Deep Blue Sea
  12. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  13. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  14. Safety Not Guaranteed
  15. The Secret World of Arrietty
  16. ParaNorman
  17. The Cabin in the Woodsmoonrise_kingdom_ver2
  18. The Avengers
  19. Frankenweenie
  20. Pitch Perfect
  21. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  22. The Woman In Black
  23. Pirates! Band of Misfits
  24. The Grey
  25. The Imposter
  26. Hope Springs
  27. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  28. Ted
  29. The Amazing Spider-Man
  30. Men in Black 3
  31. Chronicle
  32. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  33. 21 Jump Street
  34. Hotel Transylvania
  35. Big Miracle

Here are my picks for the worst movies I saw in 2012:

  1. Mirror Mirror
  2. Act of Valor
  3. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  4. Gone
  5. Man on a Ledge
  6. Bel Ami
  7. Rock of Ages
  8. Underworld: Awakening
  9. Wrath of the Titans
  10. John Carter

Every year, Metacritic also tallies the critics top picks for the best movies of the year and compiles a list of the what critics say are the best.

Here is their list for 2012:

  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. The Master
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Lincoln
  5. Holy Motors
  6. Amour
  7. Argo
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Django Unchained
  11. This Is Not A Film
  12. Life of Pi
  13. Looper
  14. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  15. The Deep Blue Sea
  16. Skyfall
  17. The Dark Knight Rises
  18. Rust and Bone
  19. Tabu
  20. Magic Mike
  21. The Avengers
  22. How to Survive a Plague
  23. The Loneliest Planet
  24. The Grey
  25. Cloud Atlas
  26. Les Miserables
  27. The Sessions
  28. Bernie
  29. Anna Karenina
  30. Olso, August 31st
  31. Cosmopolis
  32. The Cabin in the Woods
  33. The Gatekeepers
  34. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  35. The Turin Horse
  36. The Queen of Versailles

Notable Films of 2012


Here is my list of notable films for 2012:21-jump-street-poster__span

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. 5 Broken Cameras
  3. Act of Killing, The
  4. After Lucia
  5. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  6. Almayer’s Folly
  7. Alps
  8. Amazing Spider-Man, The
  9. Amour
  10. Anna Karenina
  11. Araf-Somewhere in Between
  12. Arbitrage
  13. Argo
  14. Attenberg
  15. Avengers, The (Marvel’s)
  16. Barbara
  17. Beauty is Embarrassing
  18. Beasts of the Southern Wildbeastssouthernwild
  19. Berberian Sound Studio
  20. Bernie
  21. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
  22. Bestiaire
  23. Beyond the Hills
  24. Blancanieves
  25. Blood of My Blood
  26. Boy
  27. Brave
  28. Bully
  29. Burning Hot Summer, The
  30. Cabin in the Woods, The
  31. Central Park Five, The
  32. Chasing Ice
  33. Chico & Rita
  34. China Heavyweight
  35. Chroniclechronicle_ver3
  36. Cloud Atlas
  37. Color Wheel, The
  38. Comedy, The
  39. Compliance
  40. Consuming Spirits
  41. Cosmopolis
  42. Damsels in Distress
  43. Dark Horse
  44. Dark Knight Rises, The
  45. Day He Arrives, The
  46. Deep Blue Sea, The
  47. Detropia
  48. Django Unchained
  49. Domaine
  50. Dragon
  51. Dust Bowl, The
  52. Elenaend-of-watch-poster
  53. End of Watch
  54. Expendables 2
  55. Fake It So Real
  56. Fill The Void
  57. Flight
  58. Footnote
  59. Frankenweenie
  60. Friends With Kids
  61. From Up on Poppy Hill
  62. Gatekeepers, The
  63. Gayby
  64. Girl Walk/All Day
  65. God Bless America
  66. Goodbye, My Love
  67. Grey, The
  68. Haywire
  69. Headhunters
  70. Hello I Must Be Goinghitchcock-final-movie-poster
  71. Hitchcock
  72. Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The
  73. Holy Motors
  74. Hope Springs
  75. Hotel Transylvania
  76. House I Live In, The
  77. How to Survive a Plague
  78. Hunger Games, The
  79. Hypnotist, The
  80. I Wish
  81. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  82. Impossible, The
  83. Imposter, The
  84. In The Family
  85. Intouchables, The
  86. Invisible War, The
  87. Island President, The
  88. It So Realkeep_the_lights_on
  89. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
  90. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  91. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  92. Keep the Lights On
  93. Kid with a Bike, The
  94. Kill List
  95. Killer Joe
  96. Killing Them Softly
  97. Law in These Parts, The
  98. Le Grand Amour
  99. Les Miserables
  100. Let the Bullets Fly
  101. Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, A
  102. Life of Pi
  103. Life Without Principle
  104. Like Someone in Love
  105. Lincolnlooper
  106. Loneliest Planet, The
  107. Looper
  108. Lorax, The
  109. Lore
  110. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  111. Magic Mike
  112. Margaret
  113. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
  114. Master, The
  115. Memories Look at Me
  116. Men in Black 3
  117. Middle of Nowhere
  118. Miss Bala
  119. Mobile Homestead trilogy
  120. Monsieur Lazhar
  121. Moonrise Kingdom
  122. Neighboring SoundsOnce_Upon_a_Time_in_Anatolia_1
  123. No
  124. Not Fade Away
  125. Oki’s Movie
  126. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  127. Only the Young
  128. Oslo, August 31st
  129. Our Children
  130. Painting, The
  131. Paperboy, The
  132. ParaNorman
  133. Perks of Being a Wallflower, The
  134. Photographic Memory
  135. Pirates: Band of Misfits, The
  136. Pitch Perfect
  137. Possession
  138. Premium Rush
  139. PrometheusPromised-Land-Movie-Poster-300x444
  140. Promised Land
  141. Queen of Versailles, The
  142. Rabbi’s Cat, The
  143. Raid: Redemption, The
  144. Rebelle (War Witch)
  145. Red Hook Summer
  146. Return
  147. Rise of the Guardians
  148. Robot and Frank
  149. Room 237
  150. Royal Affair, A
  151. Ruby Sparks
  152. Rust and Bone
  153. Sack Barrow
  154. Safety Not Guaranteed
  155. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  156. SamsaraThe-Secret-World-of-Arrietty-poster
  157. Searching for Sugar Man
  158. Secret World of Arrietty, The
  159. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  160. Sessions, The
  161. Seven Psychopaths
  162. Shut Up and Play the Hits
  163. Side By Side
  164. Sightseers
  165. Silver Linings Playbook
  166. Simple Life, A
  167. Sinister
  168. Sister
  169. Skyfall
  170. Smashed
  171. Snow White and the Huntsman
  172. Snowtown Murders, The
  173. Something in the Air
  174. Sound of My Voice, The
  175. Starlet
  176. Stories We TellTakeThisWaltzfr
  177. Tabu
  178. Take This Waltz
  179. Tchoupitoulas
  180. Ted
  181. Teddy Bear
  182. This Is 40
  183. This Is Not a Film
  184. This Must Be the Place
  185. To Rome with Love
  186. Turin Horse, The
  187. Two Years At Sea
  188. Under African Skies
  189. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
  190. Unspeakable Act, The
  191. Waiting Room, The
  192. We Have a Pope
  193. West of Memphisthe-woman-in-black-movie-poster-3
  194. Where Do We Go Now?
  195. Whore’s Glory
  196. Woman in Black, The
  197. Wreck-It-Ralph
  198. Wuthering Heights
  199. Your Sister’s Sister
  200. Zarafa
  201. Zero Dark Thirty

American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies and Television Shows of 2012


Yesterday, the American Film Institute announced their selections for the top 10 movies and television shows of 2010.Argo

The complete list of this year’s selections can be found below.

AFI Movies of the Year
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

AFI TV Programs of the Year
American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story
Breaking Bad
Game Change
Game of Thrones
Girls
Homeland
Louie
Mad Men
Modern Family
The Walking Dead

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