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Awards Season - Best and Worst of 2012

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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012, 2:51:24 PM PST
Oscar season's coming shortly, and now's the time to kickstart a best of 2012 thread. Here are the rules:

1. You can list your ten best films (or as close to ten as possible) of the year as well as discuss your reasons why you think they're great.

2. For any other category that may coincide with the Oscars, you can list a top five of the year (such as five best performances; five films with best editing, visual effects, etc).

3. You can make predictions on what will be nominated for what categories (especially Best Picture), even if you disagree with such choices.

4. You can make your predictions and/or decisions on the Razzies as well; once again, the aim should coincide with their respective categories (though you can make up your own categories too).

5. You can be analytical and critical of your choices, but overall do have fun while you're at it; this isn't a game thread after all.

So let's begin.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 2:55:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012, 3:03:54 PM PST
Best Picture (my predictions):

Django Unchained
Life of Pi (winner)
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Rust & Bone
The Sessions
Zero Dark Thirty

Maybe BP:

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
The Master

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 3:02:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012, 7:20:10 PM PST
Best Director:

Ben Affleck (Argo)
Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln; winner)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Best Actor:

Ben Affleck (Argo)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln; winner)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock)
Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)

Best Actress:

Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas)
Marion Cottilard (Rust & Bone)
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions; winner)
Kierra Knightly (Anna Karenina)

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 4:54:13 PM PST
The name is John Hawkes, not "Jack Hawkins", and there's no way he will win, although he did give the best performance of the year in 'The Sessions'. Much better than Daniel Day-Lewis.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012, 6:08:01 PM PST
There's no way The Dark Knight Rises will be nominated for Best Picture. The fact it failed to exceed most expectations guaranteed that.

As for the Avengers, it's possible but not a certainty.

I'm planning on seeing Lincoln, Argo, and The Hobbit in due time. Do you really think Skyfall will get the nod over the Hobbit?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012, 6:20:20 PM PST
I think it's entirely possible, even if they go to 10 nominations this year, that 'Django Unchained' will be snubbed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012, 7:00:47 PM PST
I'm not sure of that because the Academy generally loves Tarantino, especially when he weaves his way through history. Inglourious Basterds, anyone?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012, 7:52:02 PM PST
That's cuz of Nazis. The Academy can't get enough Nazis. Slaves in the South on the other hand...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012, 7:57:06 PM PST
Eh-hem, Gone With the Wind?

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 8:06:34 PM PST
Well, it's been over 63 years... maybe a Southern epic is just what the Academy wants again. I'd be surprised.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 8:03:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012, 1:02:06 PM PST
Okay, given many of the selections here, I'm going to switch things around for Best Picture:

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln (winner)
The Master
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
The Sessions
Silver Lining Playbook
Zero Dark Thrity

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 8:24:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012, 1:02:42 PM PST
Best Director (redo):

Ben Affleck (Argo)
Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln; winner)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Best Actor (redo):

Ben Affleck (Argo)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln; winner)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock; or--)
Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)
Denzel Washington (Flight)

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions; winner)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining's Playbook)
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 8:34:43 AM PST
Supporting Actor:

Russell Crowe (Les Miserables)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained; winner)
Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas)
William H. Macy (The Sessions)
Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)

Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams (The Master)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anna Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom; winner)

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 8:43:19 AM PST
Adapted Screenplay:

Killing Them Softly
Life of Pi
Lincoln (winner)
Les Miserables
Rust & Bone

Original Screenplay:

Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom (winner)
The Sessions
Zero Dark Thirty

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012, 3:03:24 PM PST
C. J. Vasta says:
A James Bond movie get a best Picture nod. That'll be the day. Perhaps Casino Royale but the novelty of the Craig Bond has worn off. Maybe Javier Bardem and Adele get nominations.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012, 3:21:58 PM PST
Hikari says:
I haven't heard the Bond theme song yet, but because it's Adele, I look for it to score a nod for Best Song.

As to Javier . . . I saw a still of him in character and must say I am not enjoying that look a'tall. He's far more scary in his regular guise. Anton Chigurh has to be the scariest villain ever.

In the photo I saw it looked like Javier was interrogating Bond, who was once again in a chair in a vulnerable-looking position, albeit fully dressed this time. No matter what actor is playing him, Bond seems to wind up handcuffed in a chair at some point in the proceedings.

REALLY do not dig peroxide blond hair and beard on Javier. Gah. Holding out hope that the other supporting parts may entertain me. Looking forward to Ben Whishaw as young Q, and Ralph Fiennes.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012, 4:32:04 PM PST
C.J. Vasta: I changed my selection for Best Picture, even naming a likely winner for said category (in this case, it's Lincoln).

I have yet to come up with a list of likely songs nominated for an Oscar (let alone best Musical Score).

Posted on Nov 12, 2012, 4:41:43 PM PST
Best Animated Feature:

Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It-Ralph (winner)

Best Documentary Feature:

Head Games
Hitler's Children
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War

...and I'm stumped on Documentaries. May need help on that one.

And I dare not delve into the short film categories.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 6:25:11 PM PST
And I just came across another list of Best Picture nominees, and I liked how the guy broke it down. From IndieWire, here's the likely nominated results (broken down into categories with a double-space):

1. Lincoln (most likely winner)

2. Les Miserables
3. Argo
4. Zero Dark Thirty
5. Silver Linings Playbook

6. Life of Pi

7. Amour

8. The Master

9. Beasts of the Southern Wild
10.Moonrise Kingdom


11.Django Unchained
14.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


16.The Impossible
17.The Sessions
18.The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
19.Anna Karenina
20.Promised Land

And even bigger longshots to almost no chance (this is my list, btw):

21.The Avengers
22.The Dark Knight Rises
23.This is 40
24.Hope Springs
25.Seven Psychopaths
26.End of Watch
28.Magic Mike
30.Hyde Park on Hudson

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 6:30:02 PM PST
And the Best Director race:

1. Steven Spielberg; Lincoln (winner)

2. Kathryn Bigelow; Zero Dark Thirty
3. Ben Affleck; Argo
4. Tom Hooper; Les Miserables
5. Ang Lee; Life of Pi

6. Michael Haneke; Amour
7. David O. Russel; Silver Linings Playbook
8. Paul Thomas Anderson; The Master
9. Benh Zeitlin; Beasts of the Southern Wild
10.Quentin Tarantion; Django Unchained

11.Sam Mendes; Skyfall
12.Gus Van Sant; Promised Land
13.Wes Anderson; Moonrise Kingdom
14.Robert Zemeckis; Flight
15.Christopher Nolan; The Dark Knight Rises

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 6:41:25 PM PST
And the Acting nods:

1. Daniel Day-Lewis; Lincoln (winner)

2. Joaquin Phoenix; The Master
3. Denzel Washington; Flight
4. John Hawkes; The Sessions
5. Hugh Jackman; Les Miserables

6. Bradly Cooper; Silver Linings Playbook
7. Anthony Hopkins; Hitchcock
8. Jean-Louis Trintignant; Amour
9. Ben Affleck; Argo
10.Richard Gere; Arbitrage

11.Matt Damon; Promised Land
12.Suraj Sharma; Life of Pi
13.Daniel Craig; Skyfall
14.Jamie Foxx; Django Unchained
15.Bill Murray; Hyde Park on Hudson

And Best Actress (the top two this time are deadlock competitors from what I've read):

1. Jessica Chastain; Zero Dark Thirty
2. Jennifer Lawrence; Silver Linings Playbook

3. Emmanuelle Riva; Amour
4. Quvenzhane Wallis; Beasts of the Southern Wild
5. Naomi Watts; The Impossible

6. Marion Cotillard; Rust and Bone
7. Helen Mirren; Hitchcock
8. Judi Dench; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
9. Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Smashed
10.Keira Knightley; Anna Karenina

11.Mery Streep; Hope Springs
12.Maggie Smith; Quartet
13.Rachel Weisz; The Deep Blue Sea
14.Barbra Streisand; The Guilt Trip
15.Laura Linney; Hyde Park on Hudson

Frankly, of these nominations, I'd remove Streisand in favor of Helen Hunt and move her and Streep into the top 5 considerations (Cotillard at number 6 isn't a bad placement).

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 6:51:29 PM PST
And now the supporting categories starting with Supporting Actor:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio; Django Unchained (winner)

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman; The Master
3. Tommy Lee Jones; Lincoln
4. Robert DeNiro; Silver Linings Playbook (and hopefully this and Limitless will help cement a recovery in his career)
5. Alan Arkin; Argo

6. Matthew McConaughay; Magic Mike
7. Eddie RedMayne; Les Miserables
8. William H. Macy; The Sessions
9. Russel Crowe; Les Miserables
10.Jason Clarke; Zero Dark Thirty

11.Javier Bardem; Skyfall
12.John Goodman; Flight
13.James Gandolfini; Killing Them Softly
14.Hal Holbrook; Promised Land
15.Dwight Henry; Beasts of the Southern Wild

And for Supporting Actresses:

1. Anne Hathaway; Les Miserables (winner)

2. Sally Field; Lincoln
3. Helen Hunt; The Sessions (which I still think is gonna get it for Best Actress)
4. Amy Adams; The Master
5. Judi Dench; Skyfall

6. Maggie Smith; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
7. Samantha Barks; Les Miserables
8. Kelly Reilly; Flight
9. Pauline Collins; Quartet
10.Helena Bonham Carter; Les Miserables

11.Frances McDormand; Promised Land
12.Kerry Washington; Django Unchained
13.Ann Dowd; Compliance
14.Kristen Stewart; On the Road
15.Nicole Kidman; The Paperboy

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 6:58:54 PM PST
And now the Screenplay nods starting with Original:

1. The Master (winner)
2. Moonrise Kingdom
3. Zero Dark Thirty
4. Amour
5. Django Unchained

6. Middle of Nowhere
7. Flight
8. The Intouchables
9. Magic Mike
10.Promised Land

11.Seven Psychopaths
13.The Impossible
14.The Guilt Trip (Really!? This guy thinks this movie's worth Oscar consideration for screenwriting and Babs!? Feh!)
15.Take This Waltz

And Adapted Screenplay:

1. Lincoln; Winner
2. Argo
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
5. Life of Pi

6. The Sessions
7. Les Miserables
8. Anna Karenina
9. On the Road
10.The Perks of Being a Wallflower

12.The Dark Knight Rises
13.This is 40
14.The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 7:09:57 PM PST
And now for the Foreign Films:

1. The Intouchables; France (winner)

2. Amour; Austria
3. Lore; Australia
4. No; Chile
5. A Royal Affair; Denmark

6. Our Children; Belgium
7. War Witch; Canada
8. Sister; Switzerland
9. Blancanieves; Spain
10.Barbra; Germany

11.Blood of My Blood; Portugal
12.The Hypnotist; Sweden
13.Beyond the Hills; Romania
14.Fill the Void; Israel
15.After Lucia; Mexico

NOTE: Rust and Bone's not eligible because the French opted for The Intouchables instead.

And now for Best Animated Films (this time, I'll reorganize my list based on likely candidates in which the poster had chosen; and there are well over 16 animated movies released this year, we're heading into 5 nominees this year):

1. Wreck-It Ralph (winner)

2. Frankenweenie
3. ParaNorman
4. Brave
5. The Painting

6. The Rabbi's Cat
7. Rise of the Guardians
8. A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
9. From Up on Poppy Hill
10.Hotel Transylvania

11.Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
13.The Pirates!: Band of Misfits
14.The Lorax
15.Ice Age: Continental Drift

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 7:18:04 PM PST
And now for Cinematography:

1. Life of Pi (winner)

2. Lincoln
3. Les Miserables
4. The Master
5. Skyfall

6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Django Unchained
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
9. On the Road
10.Cloud Atlas

11.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (probably makes sense since only Fellowship was nominated and won)
12.Anna Karenina
13.Argo (really!? I'd rank that one higher)
14.The Impossible

And Best Film Editing:

1. Argo (winner)

2. Lincoln
3. Life of Pi
4. Zero Dark Thirty
5. Les Miserables

6. The Master
7. Skyfall
8. Silver Linings Playbook
9. The Impossible
10.The Dark Knight Rises

11.Beasts of the Southern Wild
12.Django Unchained
13.Anna Karenina
14.Cloud Atlas
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