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

Special Effects

The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Prometheus

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

Cinematography

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
Looper
Zero Dark Thirty

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 (De rouille et d’os)
Alexandre Desplat (Zero Dark Thirty)
Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
Thomas Newman (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
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)

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
Prometheus

Directing

Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da)
Asghar Farhadi (Darbareye Elly)
Lucy Mulloy (Una noche)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

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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