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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

 

Winners of Golden Globe Awards for 2012


Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced their winners for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Argo-INTL-MAIN-QUAD-1

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Best Picture, Drama:

 Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Director:

 Best Actor, Drama:

Best Actress, Drama:

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Actress, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Supporting Actor:

 Best Supporting Actress:

 Best Screenplay:

Best Foreign Language Film:

Best Animated Feature Film:

 Best Original Song:

 Best Original Score:

TELEVISION 

Best Television Series – Dramahomeland

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

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 Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

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 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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 Oscar Predictions 2012


Here are my Oscar predictions in BOLD*** for 2012. The Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday, February 26th.

BEST PICTURE

“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer*** (Predicted Winner) 

“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer

“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers

“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers

Midnight in ParisLetty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers

“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers

“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined

“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

DIRECTING

“The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius*** (Predicted Winner) 

“The Descendants” Alexander Payne

“Hugo” Martin Scorsese

“Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen

“The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick

ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

Demin Bichir in “A Better Life”

George Clooney in “The Descendants”

Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”*** (Predicted Winner) 

Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”

Nick Nolte in “Warrior”

Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”*** (Predicted Winner) 

Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis in “The Help”*** (Predicted Winner) 

Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”

Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Benice Bejo in “The Artist”

Jessica Chastain in “The Help”

Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”

Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”

Octavia Spencer in “The Help”*** (Predicted Winner) 

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

“The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash*** (Predicted Winner) 

“Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan

“The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

“Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) 

“The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius

“Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

“Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor

“Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen*** (Predicted Winner)

“A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Bullhead” Belgium

“Footnote” Israel

“In Darkness” Poland

“Monsieur Lazhar” Canada

“A Separation” Iran *** (Predicted Winner)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“A Cat in Paris ” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli”

Chico & Rita “Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

“Kung Fu Panda 2” Jennifer Yuh Nelson

“Puss in Boots” Chris Miller

“Rango” Gore Verbinski*** (Predicted Winner)

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie*** (Predicted Winner)

“Real in Rio”from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

My Oscar Nomination Predictions 2012


BEST PICTURE:

BEST ACTOR:

  • DEMIÁN BICHIR – “A BETTER LIFE”
  • GEORGE CLOONEY – “THE DESCENDANTS”
  • LEONARDO DiCAPRIO – “J. EDGAR”
  • JEAN DUJARDIN – “THE ARTIST”
  • BRAD PITT – “MONEYBALL”

BEST ACTRESS:

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

  • KENNETH BRANAGH – “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN”
  • ALBERT BROOKS – “DRIVE”
  • JONAH HILL – “MONEYBALL”
  • NICK NOLTE – “WARRIOR”
  • CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – “BEGINNERS”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

BEST DIRECTOR:

  • WOODY ALLEN – “MIDNIGHT IN PARIS”
  • DAVID FINCHER – “THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
  • MICHEL HAZANAVICIOUS – ” THE ARTIST “
  • ALEXANDER PAYNE – “THE DESCENDANTS”
  • MARTIN SCORSESE – “HUGO”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • WOODY ALLEN – “MIDNIGHT IN PARIS”
  • MICHEL HAZANAVICIOUS – “THE ARTIST”
  • KRISTEN WIIG & ANNIE MUMULO  – “BRIDESMAIDS”
  • WILL REISER  – “50/50”
  • TOM MCCARTHY & JOE TIBANI – “WIN WIN”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • NAT FAXON, ALEXANDER PAYNE & JIM RASH – “THE DESCENDANTS”
  • AARON SORKIN & STEVEN ZAILLIAN – “MONEYBALL”
  • JOHN LOGAN – “HUGO”
  • TATE TAYLOR – “THE HELP”
  • STEVEN ZAILIAN – “THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO”
Movies and performances that have been getting lots of buzz that will probably get shut out of the major categories include: The Tree Of Life; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Shame; Take Shelter; Martha Marcy May Marlene; A Dangerous Method; Melancholia; Young Adult; Tyrannosaur; The Lady; Coriolanus; Margin Call; The Skin I Live In.
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