Film Honors: 2012

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today.  Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Actress Support

Samantha Barks (Les Misérables)
Golshifteh Farahani (Darbareye Elly)
Cécile de France (Le gamin au vélo)
Ann Dowd (Compliance)
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

Special Effects

The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi

Actor Support

Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Cast Ensemble

Darbareye Elly
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da


Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina)
Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master)
Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
Gökhan Tiryaki (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da)
Robert D. Yeoman (Moonrise Kingdom)

Sound Designing

Cloud Atlas
The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Picture Editing

Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Film Honors: 2012

Screenwriting Adapted

Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain (De rouille et d’os)
Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
Chris Terrio (Argo)

Screenwriting Original

Carlen Altman, Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel)
Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da)
Asghar Farhadi (Darbareye Elly)
Rian Johnson (Looper)

Score Composing

Alexandre Desplat (Moonrise Kingdom)
Alexandre Desplat (De rouille et d’os)
Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
Max Richter (Disconnect)
Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Actress Lead

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Suzanne Clément (Laurence Anyways)
Marion Cotillard (De rouille et d’os)
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Film Honors: 2012

Actor Lead

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Jean-Louis Trintignant (Amour)

Costume Designing

Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Les adieux à la reine
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

Set Designing

Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Les adieux à la reine
Les Misérables


Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da)
Asghar Farhadi (Darbareye Elly)
Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance)
Lucy Mulloy (Una noche)

Motion Picture

Amour (Michael Haneke) France / Germany / Austria
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin) USA
Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Turkey / Bosnia and Herzegovina
Circumstance (Maryam Keshavarz) Iran
Darbareye Elly (Asghar Farhadi) Iran
De rouille et d’os (Jacques Audiard) France / Belgium
Looper (Rian Johnson) USA
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) USA
Una noche (Lucy Mulloy) Cuba / UK / USA
Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow) USA

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Who were the Kings and Queens of 2012 in film for you? Let me know by commenting below.


8 thoughts on “Film Honors: 2012

  1. Love the win for Samantha Barks over Anne Hathaway. Hathaway was great, but Barks absolutely killed it. McConaughey was also fantastic is Killer Joe. Another nice call. Glad to see some love in the form of noms for Beasts of the Southern Wild. None for Django Unchained? Good stuff.

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  2. I have a thing with Tarantino, in that he fails to inspire me the way he used to. Don’t get me wrong, I like IB (you’ll see when I publish my 2009 piece) – but his last two movies just didn’t cut the mustard for me. Django is probably top 20 though. Hateful 8 – not so much.


  3. My 10 favorite movies of 2012:
    *In alphabetical order
    Argo (2012, USA) – Ben Affleck
    Django Unchained (2012, USA) – Quentin Tarantino
    End of Watch (2012, USA) – David Ayer
    Life of Pi (2012, USA) – Ang Lee
    Magic Mike (2012, USA) – Steven Soderbergh
    Moonrise Kingdom (2012, USA) – Wes Anderson
    The Avengers (2012, USA) – Joss Whedon
    The Dark Knight Rises (2012, USA) – Christopher Nolan
    The Hunger Games (2012, USA) – Gary Ross
    Zero Dark Thirty (2012, USA) – Kathryn Bigelow

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