Bryan’s 2012 Awards

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This is the final look back at 2012. I’ve already gone over my top ten movies, my top ten trailers, and my top 20 posters. Now I’m handing out my awards and nominations Academy Award style.

Best Picture:

Zero Dark Thirty – Winner

The Master

The Grey

Holy Motors

The Cabin in the Woods

An important film and an entertaining film. Surely it will be remembered years from now.

Best Director:

Kathryn BigelowZero Dark Thirty – Winner

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master

Leos Carax – Holy Motors

Joe Carnahan – The Grey

Michael Haneke – Amour

Bigelow orchestrated the stunning night raid, a perfect piece of action. She also controlled over 100 speaking parts with ease. Job well done.

Best Actor:


Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln – Winner

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Denis Lavant – Holy Motors

Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Jean-Louis Trintignant – Amour

So many great performances and each of a different ilk. But all-time greatness is not to be ignored simply because it’s great.

Best Actress:


Jessica ChastainZero Dark Thirty – Winner

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea

Stephanie Sigman – Miss Bala

Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect

Riva came close but Chastain’s subtle command won me over. This is back-to-back awards for her (from me anyways).

Best Supporting Actor:


Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike – Winner

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Sam Rockwell – Seven Psychopaths

Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained

Bruce Willis – Moonrise Kingdom

He uses his rom-com charm and macho physicality while masking a wolf’s grin underneath. He owned the role and the movie.

Best Supporting Actress:


Amy Adams – The Master – Winner

Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect

Doona Bae – Cloud Atlas

Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises

A relatively small part, but Adams is felt throughout. Her character influences even when she’s not on screen.

Best Original Screenplay:


Zero Dark Thirty – Winner

The Master

The Cabin in the Woods

Django Unchained

Moonrise Kingdom

A script where everything is above and beyond what I thought possible for such a film.

Best Adapted Screenplay:


Lincoln – Winner

The Grey



Cloud Atlas

A life perfectly condensed and then filled out with delicious dialogue.

Best Editing:


Zero Dark Thirty – Winner

Cloud Atlas

Moonrise Kingdom

The Grey


Final raid alone wins this.

Best Cinematography:


The Master – Winner

Life of Pi


Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Wuthering Heights

Shot on 70mm does earn it some bonus points, but everything else about the image is great too.

Best Production Design:


The Master – Winner

Anna Karenina

Moonrise Kingdom


The Deep Blue Sea

It’s less about being period accurate and more about being evocative of the period and the film’s themes.

Best Original Score:


The Master – Winner

Cloud Atlas

Beasts of the Southern Wild


Zero Dark Thirty

Cacophonous yet memorable. Strange but beautiful.

Best Original Song:


Holy Motors – “Who Were We?” – Winner

Django Unchained – “Freedom”

Django Unchained – “Who Did That to You?”

Skyfall – “Skyfall”

The Hunger Games – “Abraham’s Daughter”

Maybe not the best song, but certainly the best use of a song within a film last year.

Best Costume Design:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina – Winner


Mirror Mirror

The Master

Moonrise Kingdom

It’s the most costume, but it’s also the best. Gaudy styling but tone perfect.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:


Holy Motors – Winner


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Varied types of makeup, from old age to prosthetic, as well as a celebration of the craft.

Best Sound Editing:


Zero Dark Thirty – Winner

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

The Grey


Again, did you see the final 25 minutes of this movie?

Best Sound Mixing:


Life of Pi – Winner


Anna Karenina


The Grey

A great blend of sounds used to create an entire ocean world out of nothing.

Best Visual Effects:


Life of Pi – Winner


Cloud Atlas

The Avengers

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Another year with another game changer. The tiger alone would win this.

And once again, I’m gonna go ahead and skip the shorts, docs, foreign and animated feature categories.

The Tally:

Zero Dark Thirty – 6 Wins – 7 Nominations

The Master – 4 Wins – 10 Nominations

Lincoln – 2 Wins – 6 Nominations

Holy Motors – 2 Wins – 5 Nominations

Life of Pi – 2 Wins – 4 Nominations

Anna Karenina – 1 Win – 3 Nominations

Magic Mike – 1 Win – 1 Nomination

The Grey – 6 Nominations

Django Unchained – 6 Nominations

Moonrise Kingdom – 5 Nominations

Cloud Atlas – 5 Nominations

Amour – 3 Nominations

Skyfall – 3 Nominations

The Cabin in the Woods – 2 Nominations

ParaNorman – 2 Nominations

Pitch Perfect – 2 Nominations

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 2 Nominations

The Deep Blue Sea – 2 Nominations

Brave – 1 Nomination

Argo – 1 Nomination

Mirror Mirror – 1 Nomination

The Avengers – 1 Nomination

The Hunger Games – 1 Nomination

Beasts of the Southern Wild – 1 Nomination

Dredd – 1 Nomination

Bernie – 1 Nomination

Miss Bala – 1 Nomination

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – 1 Nomination

Wuthering Heights – 1 Nomination

Seven Psychopaths – 1 Nomination

Les Miserables – 1 Nomination

The Dark Knight Rises – 1 Nomination


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