Performance Profile: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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Role: Tiffany Maxwell, an edgy and uneasy young widow
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Silver Linings Playbook is a gem of the romantic drama-comedy genre. With an ace cast and a surefire screenplay and direction from David O. Russell, the film is indeed packed with moments of superb filmmaking. Bradley Cooper is mighty fine in the lead role of Pat Solitano, Jr., the conflicted man who returns after being institutionalized due to a violent meltdown. The rest of the cast are as strong as he is including Robert De Niro as the superstitious father and especially Jacki Weaver as the loving mother.

So where does Jennifer Lawrence enter in the picture?

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Her character enters the film when the plot is already in full speed. She enters in the film in the 25th minute mark following an intriguing briefing to Solitano. I’m not buying the category fraud argument; though the film centers on the plight of Solitano, the film is a romance, and in this case, the film anchors its narrative on the relationship of the couple, so both Solitano and Maxwell are crucial to the story; therefore, both leading.

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Anyway, back to the performance: it’s a beautiful set-up because in a brief amount of time, we are already informed of who she is and who she might be since it’s all in the first impressions level. With the sharp line delivery and all-natural gestures, Lawrence easily glides through her entrance in the film without obstructing the rhythm previously set before she even enters the film.

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As the film progresses, we also get to know her history: her emotional wounds because of the death of her husband, the promiscuous behavior due to depression, the hinted problems within her family, her sister’s superiority to her. These are all points we discover about Tiffany in the brief amount of time (after her first appearance, we only get to see when she runs with Solitano).

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However, she does not want to be judged. In an explosive confrontation scene, she vents her anger to Solitano after a failed dinner with him. It’s a powerfully acted scene; Lawrence releases an emotional force through her emotive face and voice. Her anger, frustration, and feeling of betrayal are all delivered so well.

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There is also the story about her being the messenger to Solitano and his wife. Some might initially read it as Maxwell’s way of trying to dominate Solitano by making him do the dance because of the letter, but upon rewatching and seeing the nuances Lawrence underlines with those scenes, it’s actually an act of desperation on her part (probably hard to understand if you haven’t seen the film). In those small moments of quietness, Lawrence makes use of these small pauses to show the nervousness and the uncertainty that her character goes through.

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But it is not always drama. The film is a romantic comedy too, and she more than lives up to it. She also utilizes her sharp line delivery to highlight the film’s brilliant dark humor. She has some difficult dialogue to handle, and she delivers them with pitch-perfect timing.

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She also has evident chemistry with co-star Bradley Cooper (I don’t mind the age gap, I don’t mind the casting choice). This is the reason why the romance works because both give strong performances, and they have the chemistry that makes the romance works. Both are troubled souls, but they compliment each other – Solitano is the lost one who actually can say what he wants to happen (to be reunited with his wife), while Maxwell buries all her doubts and self-doubts with the tough façade as she serves as his guide towards healing and recovery.

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Upon rewatching, I get to appreciate more how Lawrence raises empathy by not being afraid to show the vulnerable side of Maxwell despite the character’s edgy nature. It’s just too easy to play this character one-note; Tiffany Maxwell is such a badass character that any less talented actress could merely simplify the intricacies of the character. But alas, Lawrence makes the character three-dimensional and complex.

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When she surrenders her emotions, it’s just a blast (the running scene at the end of the film is a great actressing moment).

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Something is holding me back, though. Everything about Silver Linings Playbook is so good and there are just so many things happening around her that I tend to lose my focus on her. That’s not Lawrence’s fault, and I won’t take anything against her; that’s just how brilliant the film is in everything. It’s as if the film is split into two parts: the familial drama and the romantic comedy, and both works so well and compliments each other.

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She’s probably not the best among the cast nor is her character the most important (that would be Cooper’s Solitano), but Lawrence has the most exciting character and is the most memorable part of it because she is electrifying and terrific.

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ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES, 2009-2015, RANKED:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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This post is part of my part-time stint called Best Actress Project where I rewatch and review all the Academy Award for Best Actress nominees from 2009 to 2015. To read more, click here.

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Film stills courtesy of The Weinstein Company. Protected under Fair Use. No copyright infringement intended. 

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88th Academy Awards Nominations – FINAL PREDICTIONS

88thoscars_key_hostHere it is! With the craziness this awards season have, I feel like it’s the right time to be gutsier with my predictions. I don’t know/care if I fare poorly with my predictions; it’s an all-too-unpredictable race with all precedent stats and precursors thrown out of the window, it’s just right to give my forecast come Thursday morning.

(Note: I did not include predictions for the three short film categories – live action, animated, documentary).

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Best Picture

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  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight

… if 6 – Mad Max: Fury Road
… if 7 – Carol
… if 8 – Room
(I’m predicting 8)
… if 9 – Straight Outta Compton
… if 10 – Inside Out

Alt: (#11) Sicario | (#12) Brooklyn | (#13) Son of Saul | (#14) Ex Machina | (#15) Star Wars: The Force Awakens | (#16) Beasts of No Nation | (#17) Joy | (#18) Steve Jobs | (#19) Trumbo | (#20) Creed | (#21) The Danish Girl

Very very tough to predict especially from #8 to # 16. The Danish Girl may lack the visible passion, but you never know since it’s an emotional story that feels timely despite being a period film. The buzz for Creed, Trumbo, and Steve Jobs has faded, but might pull viable longshots. Hear me out with Joy – despite getting mixed reviews, again, it is a timely film; never forget Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close got nominated in 2011 despite much more polarizing reviews.

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Best Director

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  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian
  • Alejandro G. Iñarritu – The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Alt: (#6) Adam McKay – The Big Short | (#7) Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies | (#8) Laszlo Nemes – Son of Saul | (#9) Denis Villeneuve – Sicario | (#10) Alex Garland – Ex Machina

Haynes is definitely the most vulnerable here with his film lacking guild support. McCarthy is also not a sure thing since Spotlight slipped a bit from its frontrunner status. Scott and Miller, while veterans and could play that card, are with non-traditional films (comedy sci-fi and apocalyptic action film), making Iñarritu the only safe choice. McKay seemed like a safer prediction with its current frontrunner status, but screw it – I’m going with Haynes.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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  • Steve Carell – The Big Short
  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Alt: (#6) Matt Damon – The Martian | (#7) Will Smith – Concussion | (#8) Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes | (#9) Geza Rohrig – Son of Saul | (#10) Johnny Depp – Black Mass | (#11) Michael B. Jordan – Creed | (#12) Michael Caine – Youth

DiCaprio is the frontrunner, Cranston and Fassbender are safe, Redmayne seems to be coasting towards a nomination despite the lack of passion for the film. Carell is my predicted semi-spoiler to replace Golden Globe winner Damon.

Watch out for both Smith and especially McKellen as surprise nominees, given how they worked the campaign circuit. Son of Saul certainly has presence and makes Rohrig a feasible longshot. Buzz for Depp has faded, but might get in especially because of his star power.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Jenifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Alt: (#6) Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl | (#7) Rooney Mara – Carol | (#8) Emily Blunt – Sicario | (#9) Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road | (#10) Blythe Danner – I’ll See You in My Dreams | (#11) Lily Tomlin – Grandma | (#12) Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van | (#13) Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back | (#14) Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold

Blanchett, Larson, and Ronan are safe. Rampling has solid critical support backing her a la Emmanuelle Riva (2012) and Marion Cotillard (2014). Lawrence is the most vulnerable despite the Golden Globe win (it doesn’t count). Normal logic would dictate Vikander or Mara but category confusion and vote splitting are foreseeable hurdles.

If the strong guild support signals Sicario’s prevalence come Thursday morning then expect Blunt pulling off a surprise nomination. Theron could also use the critical support on her performance despite having a film atypical in terms of acting nominations.

#10 to #12 are all veterans seemingly on the hunt of the same spot; I give the edge to Danner for being the first screener sent, then Tomlin for peaking at an early time, albeit too early,  then Smith for the late surge of support. Silverman’s SAG nomination must not be unseen, the same with Mirren (though she would probably get more votes for Trumbo).

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy – The Revenant
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone – Creed
  • Jacob Tremblay – Room

Alt: (#6) Michael Keaton – Spotlight | (#7) Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation | (#8) Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight | (#9) Paul Dano – Love and Mercy | (#10) Benicio del Toro – Sicario | (#11) Michael Shannon – 99 Homes | (#12) Jason Mitchell – Straight Outta Compton | (#13) Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina | (#14) Stanley Tucci – Spotlight

Rylance is the only one safe for the nomination, and he’s not even safe for the win. Bale is also a good bet to be nominated even if some see him as leading. Hardy can ride with DiCaprio’s buzz, Stallone would get a veteran vote (again, not counting his Golden Globe victory), and if Brie Larson is the frontrunner for Best Actress, they must notice Tremblay.

Keaton has the goodwill from last year’s loss for Birdman and he has the biggest role in the Spotlight cast but the lack of notices and the NYFCC win for LEADING might hurt. Elba has critical support but his film seems like an outsider in the race. In Spotlight’s cast, Ruffalo has the “big” scene and BAFTA noticed. Dano had a strong showing throughout the precursor awards, but buzz for the film slips away and category confusion hurts.

If Sicario shows up well, del Toro can show up. Shannon earns both Golden Globe and SAG nominations for a very small film, meaning the performance made a strong impression, but the strength of the film must be seen when pitted against the bigger contenders. Mitchell gets MVP notices for Straight Outta Compton, Isaac might show up if Ex Machina fares really well, and Tucci is definitely getting support for his small but memorable role in Spotlight.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

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  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Alt: (#6) Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina | (#7) Helen Mirren – Trumbo | (#8) Joan Allen – Room | (#9) Jane Fonda – Youth | (#10) Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria | (#11) Elizabeth Banks – Love and Mercy | (#12) Marion Cotillard – MacBeth

Winslet is the only one safe here for the nomination. Mara is in the big threat of category confusion. Vikander has a double whammy – category confusion for The Danish Girl and vote splitting with Ex Machina. Between the two, I’m predicting they’d settle for the more traditional role (The Danish Girl) than an outré one (Ex Machina) The Hateful Eight is not showing up so strongly so Leigh is not very safe and McAdams is in danger of Spotlight losing its footing as the strong frontrunner, of being overlooked for bigger and showier performances in the cast, and of being pitted against bigger and showier performances from other films including obvious leads and co-leads.

Mirren has a fun, scene-stealing performance in Trumbo that doesn’t have much substance compared to the other competing performances, Joan Allen shines with her limited time in Room and might benefit from Larson’s frontrunner status but the film is losing Best Picture buzz, and Fonda is a strong presence in the Academy and is said to have a memorable part in Youth. Stewart, Banks, and Cotillard all have critical support going for them, therefore making them viable longshots.

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Best Original Screenplay

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  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Trainwreck

Alt: (#6) Ex Machina | (#7) Straight Outta Compton | (#8) Son of Saul | (#9) Sicario | (#10) Grandma

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Best Adapted Screenplay

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  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • The Martian
  • Room
  • Steve Jobs

Alt: (#6) Carol | (#7) The Revenant | (#8) Trumbo | (#9) Anomalisa | (#10) The Danish Girl

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Best Cinematography

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  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario

Alt: (#6) Son of Saul | (#7) The Hateful Eight | (#8) The Martian | (#9) The Danish Girl | (#10) Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Best Film Editing

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  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Spotlight

Alt: (#6) Straight Outta Compton | (#7) The Revenant | (#8) Sicario | (#9) Carol | (#10) Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Best Sound Mixing

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  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Straight Outta Compton

Alt: (#6) Star Wars: The Force Awakens | (#7) Spectre | (#8) Sicario | (#9) The Hateful Eight

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Best Sound Editing

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  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Alt: (#6) Bridge of Spies | (#7) Sicario | (#8) Spectre | (#9) The Hateful Eight

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Best Original Score

  • Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman)
  • Carol (Carter Burwell)
  • The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)
  • Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

Alt: (#6) Spotlight | (#7) The Danish Girl | (#8) Mad Max: Fury Road | (#9) Steve Jobs | (#10) Sicario | (#11) The Martian | (#12) Brooklyn | (#13) Ex Machina

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Best Visual Effects

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  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Walk

Alt: (#6) Avengers: Age of Ultron | (#7) The Revenant | (#8) Jurassic World | (#9) Ant-Man | (#10) Tomorrowland

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mr. Holmes
  • The Revenant

Alt: (#4) The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared | (#5) Black Mass | (#6) Concussion | (#7) Legend

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Best Production Design

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  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian

Alt: (#6) Star Wars: The Force Awakens | (#7) The Revenant | (#8) Room | (#9) The Hateful Eight | (#10) Brooklyn

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Best Costume Design

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  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Far from the Madding Crowd

Alt: (#6) MacBeth | (#7) The Revenant | (#8) The Hateful Eight | (#9) Mad Max: Fury Road | (#10) Crimson Peak

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Best Original Song

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  • “I’ll See You in My Dreams” – I’ll See You in My Dreams
  • “See You Again” – Furious 7
  • “Simple Song # 3” – Youth
  • “’Til It Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground
  • “Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre

Alt: (#6) “Who Can You Trust” – Spy | (#7) “So Long” – Concussion | (#8) “Waiting for My Moment” – Creed | (#9) “Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey | (#10) “Cold One” – Ricki and the Flash

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Best Foreign Language Film

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  • Belgium – The Brand New Testament
  • France – Mustang
  • Hungary – Son of Saul
  • Jordan – Theeb
  • Denmark – A War

Alt: (#6) Ireland – Viva | (#7) Finland – The Fencer | (#8) “Colombia – Embrace of the Serpent | (#9) Germany – Labyrinth of Lies

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Best Animated Feature

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  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

Alt: (#6) The Peanuts Movie | (#7) When Marnie was There | (#8) Moomins in the Riviera | (#9) Boy and the World | (#10) Minions

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Best Documentary Feature

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  • Amy
  • Best of Enemies
  • The Hunting Ground
  • The Look of Silence
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Alt: (#6) Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief | (#7) Listen to Me Marlon | (#8) Heart of a Dog | (#9) He Named Me Malala | (#10) 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets | (#11) We Come as Friends | (#12) Where to Invade Next

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What’s your predictions?

 

4th TFO Awards – THE BEST OF 2012

While everyone is already excited with this year’s Oscar race – and me too! – and while last year’s Oscar race is already an afterthought (and I have finished 2013, thank God), I’m just about to talk about what I think are the best of 2012 in film. It’s been years already, but now is the only time I had to start writing this, and I know I’m sooo late, but whatever – c’est la vie. TFO Banner 2012 A       Here are the awards in contention:

Best Motion Picture
Best Director
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Original Music Score
Best Adapted Score/Song Score
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best production design – contemporary
Best production design – period
Best Costume Design – contemporary
Best Costume Design – period
Best Original Song

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les mis# 1 – Les Miserables
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

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# 2 – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

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cloud atlas# 3 – Cloud Atlas
Stefan Arndt, Alex Boden, Grant Hill, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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zero dark thirty# 4 – Zero Dark Thirty
Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

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silver linings# 5 – Silver Linings Playbook
Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon

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oslo august 31st# 6 – Oslo, August 31st
Hans-Jørgen Osnes, Yngve Sæther

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Amour-07# 7 – Amour
Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Ménégoz

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Film Review Dark Knight Rises# 8 – The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

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lincoln# 9 – Lincoln
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

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# 10 – The Kid with a Bike
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd

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Almost Made It: # 11 – Anna Karenina | # 12 – Damsels in Distress | #13 – From Up On Poppy Hill | # 14 – Take This Waltz | # 15 – Looper

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Best Director

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10913449_10202125702743533_229247826_n# 1 – Behn Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

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10887923_10202125702623530_1907920281_n# 2 – Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski – Cloud Atlas

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10893837_10202125704823585_828812746_n# 3 – Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

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10913455_10202125702663531_235957921_n# 4 – Tom Hooper – Les Miserables

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 Finalists (6-12, ranked): David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook | Joachim Trier – Oslo, August 31st | Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises | Joe Wright – Anna Karenina | Rian Johnson – Looper | Steven Spielberg – Lincoln | Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne – The Kid with a Bike

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia | Ang Lee – Life of Pi | Juan Antonio Bayona – The Impossible | Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom | Whit Stillman – Damsels in Distress | Sarah Polley – Take This Waltz | Nicolaj Arcel – A Royal Affair | Steven Sodebergh – Magic Mike  . .

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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final joaquin phoenix# 1 – Joaquin Phoenix – The Master (as Freddie Quell)

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final bradley cooper# 2 – Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook (as Pat Solitano)

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Les Miserables# 5 – Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables (as Jean Valjean)

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln | Jack Black – Bernie | Jean-Louis Trintignant – Amour | Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Tom Holland – The Impossible | John Hawkes – The Sessions | Matthias Schoenaerts – Rust and Bone

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Garrett Hedlund – On the Road | Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained | Mikkel Boe Folsgaard – A Royal Affair | Francois Cluzet – The Intouchables | Omar Sy – The Intouchables | Liam Neeson – The Grey | Scoot McNairy – Killing Them Softly | Dwight Henry – Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Rest of the Field:

(21-30) Langella, Frank – Robot & Frank | Washington, Denzel – Flight | Doret, Thomas – The Kid with a Bike | Jones, Tommy Lee – Hope Springs | Lavant, Denis – Holy Motors | Tatum, Channing – Magic Mike | Rockwell, Sam – Seven Psychopaths | Mikkelen, Mads – A Royal Affair | Hanks, Tom – Cloud Atlas | Sharma, Suraj – Life of Pi

(31-40) Gyllenhaal, Jake – End of Watch | McConaughey, Matthew – Killer Joe | Peña, Michael – End of Watch | Hopkins, Anthony – Hitchcock | Gere, Richard – Arbitrage | Freeman, Martin – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Fassbender, Michael – Prometheus | Paul, Aaron – Smashed | Hill, Jonah – 21 Jump Street | Hiddleston, Tom – The Deep Blue Sea

(41-50) Eklaim, Jeremie – Declaration of War | LaBeouf, Shia – Lawless | Tatum, Channing – 21 Jump Street | Damon, Matt – Promised Land | Carell, Steve – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World | Craig, Daniel – Skyfall | Farrell, Colin – Seven Psychopaths | Lindhardt, Thure – Keep the Lights On | Pitt, Brad – Killing Them Softly | Murray, Bill – Hyde Park on Hudson

Others (in alphabetical order): Affleck, Ben – Argo | Bale, Christian – The Dark Knight Rises | Booth, Zachary – Keep the Lights On | Connolly, Bill – Quartet | Courtenay, Tom – Quartet | Crowe, Russell – Les Miserables | Dancy, Hugh – Hysteria | Dano, Paul – Being Flynn | DeNiro, Robert – Being Flynn | Depp, Johnny – Dark Shadows | Duplass, Mark – Safety Not Guaranteed | Duplass, Mark – Your Sister’s Sister | Eastwood, Clint – Trouble with the Curve | Efron, Zac – The Paperboy | Foxx, Jamie – Django Unchained | Gilman, Jared – Moonrise Kingdom | Gordon-Levitt, Joseph – Looper | Hardy, Tom – Lawless  | Hirsch, Emile – Killer Joe | Hutcherson, Josh – The Hunger Games | Jordan, Jeremy – Joyful Noise | Kirby, Luke – Take This Waltz | Magaro, John – Not Fade Away | McGregor, Ewan – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen | Messina, Chris – 28 Hotel Rooms | Pattinson, Robert – Cosmopolis | Pettyfer, Alex – Magic Mike | Renner, Jeremy – The Bourne Legacy | Riley, Sam – On the Road | Rogen, Seth – Take This Waltz | Rogen, Seth – The Guilt Trip | Rudd, Paul – This is 40 | Sanberg, Andy – Celeste & Jesse Forever | Wahlberg, Mark – Ted | Walken, Christopher – Seven Psychopaths

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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final emmanuelle riva# 1 – Emmanuelle Riva – Amour (as Anne Laurent)

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# 4 – Naomi Watts – The Impossible (as Maria Bennett)

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Michelle WIlliams – Take This Waltz | Meryl Streep – Hope Springs | Greta Gerwig – Damsels in Distress | Helen Mirren – Hitchcock | Marion Cotillard – Rust & Bone | Ann Dowd – Compliance | Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa | Keira Knightley – Anna Karenina | Helen Hunt – The Sessions | Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Smashed | Amy Adams – Trouble with the Curve | Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy | Judi Dench – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Judi Dench – Skyfall

The Rest of the Field:

(21-30) DeWitt, Rosemarie – Your Sister’s Sister | Vikander, Alicia – A Royal Affair | Blunt, Emily – Your Sister’s Sister | Donzelli, Valerie – Declaration of War | Berry, Halle – Cloud Atlas | De France, Cecile – The Kid with a Bike | Lawrence, Jennifer – The Hunger Games | Caplan, Lizzy – Bachelorette | Weisz, Rachel – The Deep Blue Sea | Collins, Pauline – Quartet

(31-40) Smith, Maggie – Quartet | Blunt, Emily – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen | Gyllenhaal, Maggie – Hysteria | Knightley, Keira – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World | Rapace, Noomi – Prometheus | McDormand, Frances – Promised Land | Jones, Rashida – Celeste & Jesse Forever | Linney, Laura – Hyde Park on Hudson | Ireland, Marin – 28 Hotel Rooms | Dunst, Kirsten – Bachelorette

(41-50) Streisand, Barbra – The Guilt Trip | Kendrick, Anna – Pitch Perfect | Temple, Juno – Killer Joe | Weisz, Rachel – The Bourne Legacy | Heathcote, Bella – Not Fade Away | Roberts, Julia – Mirror Mirror | Queen Latifah – Joyful Noise | Mann, Leslie – This is 40 | Garner, Jennifer – Butter | Plaza, Aubrey – Safety Not Guaranteed

Others (in alphabetical order): Carano, Gina – Haywire | Collins, Lily – Mirror Mirror | Fisher, Isla – Bachelorette | Hayward, Kara – Moonrise Kingdom | Kunis, Mila – Ted | Palmer, Keke – Joyful Noise | Parton, Dolly – Joyful Noise | Shahidi, Yara – Butter | Stewart, Kristen – Snow White and the Huntsman | Tipton, Analeigh – Damsels in Distress | Walker, Dreama – Compliance

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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final dicaprio# 1 – Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained (as Calvin Candie)

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final bardem# 2 – Javier Bardem – Skyfall (as Raoul Siva)

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final mcgregor# 3 – Ewan McGregor – The Impossible (as Henry Bennett)

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final wilkinson# 4 – Tom Wilkinson – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (as Graham Dashwood)

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final tveit# 5 – Aaron Tveit – Les Miserables (as Enjolras)

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises | Ezra Miller – The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Eddie Redmayne – Les Miserables | Samuel L. Jackson – Django Unchained | Matthew McConaughey – Bernie | Bryan Cranston – Argo | Ben Whishaw – Cloud Atlas

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Steve Carell – Hope Springs | Gary Oldman – Lawless | Jim Broadbent – Cloud Atlas | James Gandolfini – Not Fade Away | Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike | Simon Russell Beale – The Deep Blue Sea | John Goodman – Argo | Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

The Rest of the Field:

(21-30) Arkin, Alan – Argo |  Pearce, Guy – Lawless | DeNiro, Robert – Silver Linings Playbook | Giamatti, Paul – Cosmopolis | Chandler, Kyle – Zero Dark Thirty | Law, Jude – Anna Karenina | Gandolfini, James – Killing Them Softly | Norton, Edward – Moonrise Kingdom | Dencik, David – A Royal Affair | Clarke, Jason – Zero Dark Thirty

(31-40) Mohring, Sonke – The Impossible | Johnson, Aaron – Anna Karenina | Nighy, Bill – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Parker, Nate – Arbitrage | Macy, William H. – The Sessions | Clarke, Jason – Lawless | Jenkins, Richard – Killing Them Softly | Gandolfini, James – Zero Dark Thirty | Healy, Pat – Compliance | Khan, Irrfan – Life of Pi

(41-50) McKellen, Ian – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Dano, Paul – Looper | D’ Arcy, James – Cloud Atlas | Pace, Lee – Lincoln | Ice Cube – 21 Jump Street | Caine, Michael – The Dark Knight Rises | Cohen, Sacha Baron – Les Miserables | Huston, Jack – Not Fade Away | Daniels, Jeff – Looper | Holbrook, Hal – Promised Land

Others (in alphabetical order): Brooks, Albert – This is 40  | Church, Thomas Haden – Killer Joe | David, Keith – Cloud Atlas | DeHaan, Dane – Lawless | Downey, Robert Jr. – Marvel’s The Avengers | Fassbender, Michael – Haywire | Fiennes, Ralph – Skyfall | Finney, Albert – Skyfall | Franco, Dave – 21 Jump Street | Gambon, Michael – Quartet | Geraghty, Brian – Flight | Goodman, John – Flight | Gordon-Levitt, Joseph – Lincoln  | Gordon-Levitt, Joseph – The Dark Knight Rises | Grant, Hugh – Cloud Atlas | Hammer, Armie – Mirror Mirror | Harrelson, Woody – Seven Psychopaths | Harrelson, Woody – The Hunger Games | Hiddleston, Tom – Marvel’s The Avengers | Holbrook, Hal – Lincoln | Jackman, Hugh – Butter | Johnson, Jack – Safety Not Guaranteed | Krasinski, John – Promised Land | Liotta, Ray – Killing Them Softly | Marsden, James – Bachelorette | Marsden, James – Robot & Frank | McConaughey, Matthew – The Paperboy |  McGregor, Ewan – Haywire | Mejding, Bent – A Royal Affair | Mendelsohn, Ben – Killing Them Softly | Messina, Chris – Celeste & Jesse Forever | Murray, Bill – Moonrise Kingdom | Nivola, Alessandro – Ginger & Rosa | Norton, Edward – The Bourne Legacy | Oldman, Gary – The Dark Knight Rises | Pickup, Ronald – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Pryce, Jonathan – Hysteria | Renier, Jeremie – The Kid with a Bike | Ruffalo, Mark – Marvel’s The Avengers | Scott, Adam – Bachelorette | Segen, Noah – Looper | Strathairn, David – Lincoln | Stuhlbarg, Michael – Lincoln | Sturgess, Jim – Cloud Atlas | Sturridge, Tom – On the Road | Timberlake, Justin – Trouble with the Curve | Tucci, Stanley – The Hunger Games | Tucker, Chris – Silver Linings Playbook | Weaving, Hugo – Cloud Atlas | West, Samuel – Hyde Park on Hudson | Whishaw, Ben – Skyfall | Willis, Bruce – Looper | Willis, Bruce – Moonrise Kingdom | Wood, Elijah – Celeste & Jesse Forever

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

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final hathaway# 1 – Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables (as Fantine)

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final huppert# 2 – Isabelle Huppert – Amour (as Eva Laurent)

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final smith# 3 – Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (as Muriel Donnelly)

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final weaver# 4 – Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook (as Dolores Solitano)

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final chastain# 5 – Jessica Chastain – Lawless (as Maggie Beauford)

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Sally Field – Lincoln | Shirley Maclaine – Bernie | Scarlett Johansson – Hitchcock | Kerry Washington – Django Unchained | Emma Watson – The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Amy Adams – The Master | Emily Blunt – Looper

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Samantha Barks – Les Miserables | Olivia Wilde – Butter | Rebel WIlson – Pitch Perfect | Helena Bonham Carter – Les Miserables | Doona Bae – Cloud Atlas | Gina Gershon – Killer Joe | Eva Green – Dark Shadows | Jennifer Ehle – Zero Dark Thirty

The Rest of the Field:

(21-30) Scott-Thomas, Kristin – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen | Theron, Charlize – Snow White and the Huntsman | Dyrholm, Trine – A Royal Affair | Morton, Samantha – Cosmopolis | McCarthy, Melissa – This is 40 | Wilton, Penelope – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Reilly, Kelly – Flight | Stewart, Kristen – On the Road | Collette, Toni – Hitchcock | Dunst, Kirsten – On the Road

(31-40) Sarandon, Susan – Arbitrage | Imrie, Celia – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Marling, Brit – Arbitrage | Scob, Edith – Holy Motors | Sarandon, Susan – Robot & Frank | Jefford, Barbara – The Deep Blue Sea | Cotillard, Marion – The Dark Knight Rises | Reuben, Gloria – Lincoln | Theron, Charlize – Prometheus | Whitman, Mae – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

(41-50) Mitchell, Ann – The Deep Blue Sea | Leo, Melissa – Flight | Stiles, Julia – Silver Linings Playbook | Le Ny, Anne – The Intouchables | Wilson, Rebel – Bachelorette | Snow, Brittany – Pitch Perfect | Swinton, Tilda – Moonrise Kingdom | Munn, Olivia – Magic Mike | Gray, Macy – The Paperboy | DeWitt, Rosemarie – Promised Land

Others (in alphabetical order): Adams, Amy – On the Road | Banks, Elizabeth – The Hunger Games | Binoche, Juliette – Cosmopolis | Camp, Anna – Pitch Perfect | Carter, Helena Bonham – Dark Shadows | Colman, Olivia – Hyde Park on Hudson | Dern, Laura – The Master | Echikunwoke, Megalyn – Damsels in Distress | Englert, Alice – Ginger & Rosa | Graynor, Ari – Celeste & Jesse Forever | Hendricks, Christina – Ginger & Rosa  | Jones, Felicity – Hysteria | Larson, Brie – 21 Jump Street | Maclemore, Carrie – Damsels in Distress | Marvel, Elizabeth – Hyde Park on Hudson | McDormand, Frances – Moonrise Kingdom | Moore, Julianne – Being Flynn | Pfeiffer, Michelle – Dark Shadows | Roberts, Emma – Celeste & Jesse Forever | Seyfried, Amanda – Les Miserables | Silverman, Sarah – Take This Waltz | Thirlby, Olivia – Being Flynn | Tunie, Tamara – Flight | Wasikowska, Mia – Lawless | Williams, Olivia – Hyde Park on Hudson

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Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast

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# 2 – Silver Linings Playbooksilverlinings
Brea Bee, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Paul Herman, Anupam Kher, Jennifer Lawrence, Dash Mihok, John Ortiz, Matthew Russell, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Shea Whigham

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# 3 – Les Miserableslesmis
Isabelle Allen, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Russell Crowe, Kate Fleetwood, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Huttlestone, Hugh Jackman, Michael Jibson, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Tveit, Colm Wilkinson

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David Costabile, Joseph Cross, Daniel Day-Lewis, Dane DeHaan, Colman Domingo, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Walton Goggins, Lukas Haas, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce McGill, Boris McGiver, Gulliver McGrath, Peter McRobbie, Tim Blake Nelson, David Oyelowo, Lee Pace, Gloria Reuben, James Spader, Stephen Spinella, David Strathairn, Jeremy Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Warshofsky

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# 5 – Once Upon a Time in Anatoliaanatolia
Celal Acaralp, Ugur Aslanoglu, Hüseyin Bekeç, Aziz Izzet Biçici, Taner Birsel, Cansu Demirci, Yilmaz Erdogan, Erol Erarslan, Fatih Ereli, Ufuk Karaali, Safak Karali, Ercan Kesal, Murat Kiliç, Turgay Kürkçü, Fevzi Müftüoglu, Nihan Okutucu, Mehmet Öztürk, Emre Sen, Firat Tanis, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Memmet Eren Topçak, Kubilay Tunçer, Salih Ünal, Muhammet Uzuner, Burhan Yildiz

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Damsels in Distress | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Magic Mike | The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Moonrise Kingdom | Hitchcock | The Dark Knight Rises

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Quartet | A Royal Affair | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Lawless | On the Road | Argo | Skyfall | Killing Them Softly

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Best Original Screenplay

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amour screenplay# 1 – Amour
Michael Haneke

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Mark Boal

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damsels screenplay# 3 – Damsels in Distress
Whit Stillman

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anatolia screenplay # 4 – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Kesal

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take this waltz screenplay# 5 – Take This Waltz
Sarah Polley

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Looper | Moonrise Kingdom | Intouchables, The | Hope Springs | Django Unchained | Kid with a Bike, The | Robot & Frank

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Magic Mike | Declaration of War | Seven Psychopaths | Wreck-It Ralph | Ginger & Rosa | Master, The | Your Sister’s Sister | Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

The Rest of the Field (ranked): Flight | Promised Land | Keep the Lights On | Compliance | Smashed | ParaNorman | Impossible, The | Holy Motors | Arbitrage | Celeste & Jesse Forever | Guilt Trip, The | Not Fade Away | Hysteria | Safety Not Guaranteed | 28 Hotel Rooms | Joyful Noise | Ted | End of Watch

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Best Adapted Screenplay

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screenplay silver linings# 1 – Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell

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screenplay beasts# 2 – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin

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screenplay oslo august# 3 – Oslo, August 31st
Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt

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screenplay lincoln# 4 – Lincoln
Tony Kushner

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screenplay cloud atlas# 5 – Cloud Atlas
Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): From Up On Poppy Hill | Royal Affair, A | Perks of Being a Wallflower, The | Sessions, The | Argo | Skyfall | Hitchcock

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Killing Them Softly | Les Miserables | 21 Jump Street | Anna Karenina | Bernie | Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey | Cosmopolis | Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The

The Rest of the Field (ranked): Dark Knight Rises, The | Lawless | Bachelorette | Life of Pi | Salmon Fishing in the Yemen | Deep Blue Sea, The | Rust and Bone | Rise of the Guardians | Quartet | Frankenweenie | On the Road | Grey, The | Killer Joe | Hunger Games, The | Dark Shadows | Being Flynn | This is 40 | Bourne Legacy, The

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Best Animated Feature

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animated from up on# 1 – From Up On Poppy Hill
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animated wreck# 2 – Wreck-It Ralph
Directed by Rich Moore

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animated frankenweenie# 3 – Frankenweenie
Directed by Tim Burton

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animated rise# 4 – Rise of the Guardians
Directed by Peter Ramsey

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animated paranorman# 5 – ParaNorman
Directed by Sam Fell & Chris Butler

Finalist: Brave

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Best Cinematography

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matog anatolia# 1 – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Gökhan Tiryaki

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matog lincoln# 2 – Lincoln
Janusz Kaminski

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matog anna karenina# 3 – Anna Karenina
Seamus McGarvey

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matog dark knight# 4 – The Dark Knight Rises
Wally Pfister

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matog cloud atlas# 5 – Cloud Atlas
Frank Griebe, John Toll

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): The Deep Blue Sea | Moonrise Kingdom | The Master | Life of Pi | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Looper | Oslo, August 31st

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Skyfall | Killing Them Softly | Les Miserables | Amour | Zero Dark Thirty | Keep the Lights On | A Royal Affair | Cosmopolis

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Best Film Editing

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zdt# 1 – Zero Dark Thirty
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

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Crockett Doob, Affonso Gonçalves

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cloud atlas# 3 – Cloud Atlas
Alexander Berner

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silverlinings# 4 – Silver Linings Playbook
Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers

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Chris Dickens, Melanie Ann Oliver

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Amour | Looper | The Dark Knight Rises | Oslo, August 31st | Skyfall | Anna Karenina | Argo

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Lincoln | Damsels in Distress | Moonrise Kingdom | Life of Pi | Once Upon a Time in Anatolia | Lawless | The Impossible | Hope Springs

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lesmis# 1 – Les Miserables
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes

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Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill, Drew Kunin

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Tim LeBlanc, Jeremy Peirson, Pawel Wdowczak

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Lars Ginzel, Matthias Lempert, Ivan Sharrock, Roland Winke

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Mark Goodermote, Gregg Landaker, Ed Novick, Eric Potter, Gary Rizzo, Carlos Solis

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Argo | Anna Karenina | Skyfall | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Once Upon a Time in Anatolia | Prometheus | Lincoln

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Rise of the Guardians | Zero Dark Thirty | Beasts of the Southern Wild | Oslo, August 31st | Lawless | Snow White and the Huntsman | Dark Shadows | Not Fade Away

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Best Sound Editing

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the impossible# 1 – The Impossible
Marc Bech, Thiago Sachs, Oriol Tarragó

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Randle Akerson, Michael Babcock, Richard King, Michael W. Mitchell, Jeff Sawyer, Bryan O. Watkins

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looper# 3 – Looper
Jeremy Peirson

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zdt# 4 – Zero Dark Thirty
Paul N. J. Ottosson

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Frank Kruse

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Skyfall | Life of Pi | Prometheus | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | The Grey | Argo | Lawless

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): ParaNorman | Snow White and the Huntsman | Les Miserables | Frankenweenie | Killing Them Softly | Django Unchained | Wreck-It-Ralph | Lincoln

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Best Original Music Score

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Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin

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lifeofpi# 2 – Life of Pi
Mychael Danna

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Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer

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Dario Marianelli

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Alexandre Desplat

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): The Dark Knight Rises | Skyfall | From Up On Poppy Hill | Rise of the Guardians | The Master | Lincoln | Argo

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Hitchcock | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | A Royal Affair | Looper | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Wreck-It-Ralph | Compliance | Prometheus

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Best Adapted Music/Song Score

lesmis# 1 – Les Miserables
Alain Boublil, John Caird, Anne Dudley, Herbert Kretzmer, Trevor Nunn, Claude-Michel Schönberg

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moonrise kingdom# 2 – Moonrise Kingdom
Alexandre Desplat, Randall Poster

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Mark Suozzo, Annie Pearlman

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magic mike# 4 – Magic Mike
Frankie Pine

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Michael Brook, Alexandra Patsavas

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Lawless | Take This Waltz | Django Unchained | Not Fade Away | The Intouchables | The Paperboy | Pitch Perfect

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Quartet | Hope Springs | Silver Linings Playbook | Joyful Noise | 21 Jump Street | Keep the Lights On | Seven Psychopaths | This is 40

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vfx life of pi# 1 – Life of Pi
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer, Donald R. Elliott

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vfx the hobbit# 2 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon,David Clayton, R. Christopher White

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vfx prometheus# 3 – Prometheus
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill

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vfx dark knight# 4 – The Dark Knight Rises
Chris Corbould, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley

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vfx cloud atlas# 5 – Cloud Atlas
Dan Glass, Geoffrey Hancock, Stephane Ceretti

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Snow White and the Huntsman | The Impossible | Looper |Beasts of the Southern Wild | Skyfall |Marvel’s The Avengers | Dark Shadows

Semi-Finalists (13-17, ranked): Les Miserables | Mirror Mirror | The Hunger Games | Ted | Rust & Bone

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Best Makeup and Hairstying

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muah the impossible# 1 – The Impossible
David Martí, Montse Ribé

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muah les miserables# 2 – Les Miserables
Julie Dartnell, Lisa Westcott

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muah cloud atlas# 3 – Cloud Atlas
Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead

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muah the hobbit# 4 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane

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muah the grey# 5 – The Grey
Gitte Axen, Howard Berger, Greg Nicotero, Noriko Watanabe

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): The Paperboy | A Royal Affair | Hitchcock | Holy Motors | Lincoln | Django Unchained | Anna Karenina

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Dark Shadows | Looper | Moonrise Kingdom | Not Fade Away | On the Road | Argo | The Deep Blue Sea | Lawless

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Best Production Design – Contemporary

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pd beasts# 1 – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Production Design by Alex DiGerlando
Set Decoration by Erin Staub

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pd cosmopolis# 2 – Cosmopolis
Production Design by Arv Greywal

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pd take this waltz# 3 – Take This Waltz
Production Design by Matthew Davies
Set Decoration by Steve Shewchuk

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pd impossible# 4 – The Impossible
Production Design by Eugenio Caballero
Set Decoration by Pilar Revuelta

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pd holy motors# 5 – Holy Motors
Production Design by Florian Sanson

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): The Dark Knight Rises | Prometheus | The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Amour | Robot & Frank | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | The Intouchables

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Butter | Quartet | Hope Springs | Keep the Lights On | Arbitrage | Looper | Bernie | 21 Jump Street

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Best Production Design – Period

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pd anna karenina# 1 – Anna Karenina
Production Design by Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration by Katie Spencer

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pd lincoln# 2 – Lincoln
Production Design by Rick Carter
Set Decoration by Jim Erickson and Charles Maloy

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pd les miserables# 3 – Les Miserables
Production Design by Eve Stewart
Set Decoration by Anna Lynch Robinson

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pd cloud atlas# 4 – Cloud Atlas
Production Design by Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch
Set Decoration by Rebecca Alleway and Peter Walpole

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pd a royal affair# 5 – A Royal Affair
Production Design by Niels Sejer

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 Finalists (6-12, ranked): Moonrise Kingdom | The Deep Blue Sea | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Lawless | Dark Shadows | Django Unchained | Hitchcock

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Mirror Mirror | The Master | On the Road | Snow White and the Huntsman | Hyde Park on Hudson | Hysteria | Argo | The Paperboy

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Best Costume Design – Contemporary

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cd damsels# 1 – Damsels in Distress
Ciera Wells

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cd best exotic marigold# 2 – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Louise Stjernsward

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cd take this waltz# 3 – Take This Waltz
Lea Carlson

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cd magic mike# 4 – Magic Mike
Christopher Peterson

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cd perks# 5 – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
David C. Robinson

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): The Intouchables | Joyful Noise | The Dark Knight Rises | Hope Springs | Quartet | Arbitrage | Skyfall

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): The Hunger Games | Bernie | Bachelorette | Butter | Silver Linings Playbook | Zero Dark Thirty | Holy Motors | Pitch Perfect

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Best Costume Design – Period

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cd anna karenina# 1 – Anna Karenina
Jacqueline Durran

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cd a royal affair# 2 – A Royal Affair
Manon Rasmussen

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cd lawless # 3 – Lawless
Margot Wilson

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cd moonrise# 4 – Moonrise Kingdom
Kasia Walicka Maimone

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cd les miserables# 5 – Les Miserables
Paco Delgado

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Best Original Song

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os skyfall# 1 – “Skyfall” from Skyfall
Music and Lyrics by Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth

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os frankenweenie# 2 – “Strange Love” from Frankenweenie
Music and Lyrics by Karen O

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os django# 3 – “Who Did That to You?” from Django Unchained
Music and Lyrics by John Legend

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os hunger games# 4 – “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games
Music and Lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett

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# 5 – “Still Dream” from Rise of the Guardians
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): “When Can I See You Again?” – Wreck-It-Ralph | “Freedom” – Django Unchained | “Suddenly” – Les Miserables | “Pi’s Lullaby” – Life of Pi | “The Sambola! International Dance Craze” – Damsels in Distress | “Cosmonaut” – Lawless | “Everybody Needs s Best Friend” – Ted

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): “100 Black Coffins” – Django Unchained | “Ancora Qui” – Django Unchained | “Ue Wo Muite Aruko” – From Up On Poppy Hill | “Summer of Farewells” – From Up On Poppy Hill | “I’m Yours” – Joyful Noise | “Who Were We” – Holy Motors | “Song of the Lonely Mountain” – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | “From Here to the Moon and Back” – Joyful Noise

The Rest of the Field (21-34, ranked): “Midnight Run” – Lawless | “Fire in the Blood” – Lawless | “Snake Eyes” – Promised Land | “He’s Everything” – Joyful Noise | “Abraham’s Daughter” – The Hunger Games | “Touch the Sky” – Brave | “Learn Me Right” – Brave | “Let It Rain” – Being Flynn | “Big Machine” – Safety Not Guaranteed | “No Other Plans” – Celeste & Jesse Forever | “Ladies of Tampa” – Magic Mike | “Breath of Life” – Snow White and the Huntsman | “Dull Tool” – This is 40 | “Gone” – Snow White and the Huntsman

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SO! There you go for 2012 – at very long last! Right after this is the 5th TFO Awards for 2013 in film! Stay tuned 😀

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*** Below are all the films I have seen from 2012 (87 total), according to grade: ***

A (9.5-9)
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dir. Behn Zeitlin
Cloud Atlas – Dirs. Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
Les Miserables – Dir. Tom Hooper
Zero Dark Thirty – Dir. Kathryn Bigelow

A- (8.5)
Amour – Dir. Michael Haneke
Anna Karenina – Dir. Joe Wright
Damsels in Distress – Dir. Whit Stillman
The Dark Knight Rises – Dir. Christopher Nolan
From Up On Poppy Hill – Dir. Goro Miyazaki
The Kid with a Bike – Dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Lincoln – Dir. Steven Spielberg
Looper – Dir. Rian Johnson
Oslo, August 31st – Dir. Joachim Trier
Silver Linings Playbook – Dir. David O. Russell
Take This Waltz – Dir. Sarah Polley

B+ (8)
Argo – Dir. Ben Affleck
Bernie – Dir. Richard Linklater
Declaration of War – Dir. Valerie Donzelli
Ginger & Rosa – Dir. Sally Potter
Hitchcock – Dir. Sacha Gervasi
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Dir. Peter Jackson
Hope Springs – Dir. David Frankel
The Impossible – Dir. Juan Antonio Bayona
The Intouchables – Dir. Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
Lawless – Dir. John Hillcoat
Life of Pi – Dir. Ang Lee
Magic Mike – Dir. Steven Sodebergh
The Master – Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom – Dir. Wes Anderson
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Dir. Stephen Chbosky
A Royal Affair – Dir. Nicolaj Arcel
Rust & Bone – Dir. Jacques Audiard
The Sessions – Dir. BenLewin
Skyfall – Dir. Sam Mendes
Wreck-It Ralph – Dir. Rich Moore

B (7.5-7)
21 Jump Street – Dirs. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Arbitrage – Dir. Nicholas Jarecki
Bachelorette – Dir. Leslye Headland
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Dir. John Madden
The Bourne Legacy – Dir. Tony GIlroy
Compliance – Dir. Craig Zobel
Django Unchained – Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Frankenweenie – Dir. Tim Burton
The Grey – Dir. Joe Carnahan
Holy Motors – Dir. Leos Carax
The Hunger Games – Dir. Gary Ross
ParaNorman – Dirs. Sam Fell & Chris Butler
Pitch Perfect – Dir. Jason Moore
Promised Land – Dir. Gus Van Sant
Rise of the Guardians – Dir. Peter Ramsey
Robot & Frank – Dir. Jake Schreier
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Dir. Lasse Hallstrom
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – Dir. Lorene Scafaria
Seven Psychopaths – Dir. Martin McDonagh
Smashed – Dir. James Pansoldt
Your Sister’s Sister – Dir. Lynn Shelton

B- (6.5-6)
28 Hotel Rooms – Dir. Matt Ross
Being Flynn – Dir. Paul Weitz
Brave – Dirs. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman
Celeste & Jesse Forever – Dir. Lee Toland Krieger
Cosmopolis – Dir. David Cronenberg
Dark Shadows – Dir. Tim Burton
Flight – Dir. Robert Zemeckis
The Guilt Trip – Dir. Anne Fletcher
Hysteria – Dir. Tanya Wekler
Joyful Noise – Dir. Todd Graff
Keep the Lights On – Dir. Ira Sachs
Killer Joe – Dir. William Friedkin
Killing Them Softly – Dir. Andrew Dominik
Not Fade Away – Dir. David Chase
On the Road – Dir. Walter Salles
Quartet – Dir. Dustin Hoffman
This is 40 – Dir. Judd Apatow
Trouble with the Curve – Dir. Robert Lorenz

C+ (5.5-5)
Butter – Dir. Jim Field Smith
Marvel’s The Avengers – Dir. Joss Whedon
Mirror Mirror – Dir. Jarsem Singh Dhandwar
The Paperboy – Dir. Lee Daniels
Prometheus – Dir. Ridley Scott
Safety Not Guaranteed – Dir. Colin Trevorrow
Snow White and the Huntsman – Dir. Rupert Sanders

C (4.5-4)
End of Watch – Dir. David Ayer
Ted – Dir. Seth McFarlane

C- (3.5-3)
The Deep Blue Sea – Dir. Terence Davies
Haywire – Dir. Steven Sodebergh
Hyde Park on Hudson – Dir. Roger Mitchell

FINAL PREDICTIONS! (for the 86th Academy Awards Nominations)

Here is my fearless forecast of the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards!
(Those in bold are my predicted nominees. Entries are arranged by the strongest chance of getting nominated.)
The leading contenders for Best Picture - 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle.

The leading contenders for Best Picture – 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle.

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BEST PICTURE (I’m counting NINE nominees):
Safe Bets:
1 – 12 Years A Slave
2 – American Hustle
3 – Gravity
4 – Nebraska
5 – Captain Philips

Shaky, But Likely the Ones to Complete the List:
6 – Her
7 – The Wolf of Wall Street
8 – Inside Llewyn Davis
9 – Dallas Buyers Club

They Could Knock Down the Shakier Ones:
10 – Philomena
11 – Saving Mr. Banks
12 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
13 – Blue Jasmine
14 – Rush

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
15 – Before Midnight
16 – Blue is the Warmest Color
17 – Fruitvale Station

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BEST DIRECTOR

Safe Bets:
1 – Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
2 – Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
3 – David O. Russell – American Hustle

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Paul Greengrass – Captain Philips
5 – Spike Jonze – Her
6 – Alexander Payne – Nebraska
7 – Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
8 – Joel & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis

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BEST ACTOR

Safe Bets:
1 – Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
2 – Bruce Dern – Nebraska
3 – Tom Hanks – Captain Philips

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
5 – Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
6 – Robert Redford – All is Lost
7 – Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
8 – Christian Bale – American Hustle
9 – Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
10 – Joaquin Phoenix – Her
11 – Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

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BEST ACTRESS

Safe Bets:
1 – Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
2 – Sandra Bullock – Gravity
3 – Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
5 – Amy Adams – American Hustle
6 – Judi Dench – Philomena
7 – Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
9 – Brie Larson – Short Term 12
10 – Julie Delpy – Before Midnight

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Safe Bets:
1 – Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
2 – Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave

Fighting for the Slots:
3 – Barkhad Abdi – Captain Philips
4 – Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
5 – Daniel Bruhl – Rush
6 – Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
7 – James Gandolfini – Enough Said
8 – Will Forte – Nebraska
9 – Tom Hanks – Saving Mr. Banks

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Safe Bets:
1 – Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave
2 – Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
3 – June Squibb – Nebraska

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
5 – Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
6 – Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
7 – Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Jennifer Garner – Dallas Buyers Club
9 – Sarah Paulson – 12 Years A Slave

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Safe Bets:
1 – American Hustle
2 – Nebraska
3 – Inside Llewyn Davis
4 – Her

Fighting for the Slots:
5 – Blue Jasmine
6 – Gravity
7 – Dallas Buyers Club
8 – Saving Mr. Banks

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
9 – Enough Said
10 – Frances Ha
11 – Fruitvale Station

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Safe Bets:
1 – 12 Years A Slave
2 – The Wolf of Wall Street
3 – Before Midnight
4 – Captain Philips
5 – Philomena

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
6 – August: Osage County
7 – Short Term 12
8 – The Spectacular Now
9 – Blue is the Warmest Color

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – Inside Llewyn Davis
3 – 12 Years A Slave

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Prisoners
5 – Nebraska
6 – The Grandmaster
7 – The Great Gatsby
8 – Her

Longer Shots, But Still Possible:
9 – Captain Philips
10 – Rush

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BEST FILM EDITING

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – 12 Years A Slave
3 – American Hustle
4 – Captain Philips

Fighting for the Last Slot:
5 – The Wolf of Wall Street
6 – Rush
7 – Nebraska
8 – Inside Llewyn Davis

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BEST SOUND MIXING

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – Captain Philips
3 – 12 Years A Slave
4 – Rush

Fighting for the  Last Slot:
5 – Inside Llewyn Davis
6 – All is Lost
7 – American Hustle

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Lone Survivor
9 – Pacific Rim
10 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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BEST SOUND EDITING

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – Captain Philips
3 – Rush

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – All is Lost
5 – Iron Man 3
6 – Inside Llewyn Davis

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
7 – Pacific Rim
8 – 12 Years A Slave
9 – Lone Survivor
10 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Fighting for the Slots:
3 – Pacific Rim
4 – Star Trek Into Darkness
5 – Iron Man 3
6 – Elysium
7 – World War Z
8 – The Lone Ranger

Longer Shots (The Rest of the Shortlist):
9 – Oblivion
10 – Thor: The Dark World

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BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Safe Bet:
1 – American Hustle

Fighting for the Slots:
2 – Dallas Buyers Club
3 – The Great Gatsby
4 – The Lone Ranger
5 – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
6 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Long Shot (The Rest of the Shortlist):
7 – Bad Grandpa

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BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – 12 Years A Slave
3 – Philomena

Fighting for the Last Slot:
4 – The Book Thief
5 – All is Lost

6 – Captain Philips
7 – Rush
8 – Her
9 – Monsters University

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Safe Bet:
1 – “Let It Go” – Frozen

Fighting for the Slots:
2 – “Young and Beautiful” – The Great Gatsby
3 – “My Lord Sunsine (Sunrise)” – 12 Years A Slave
4 – “The Moon Song” – Her
5 – “Amen” – All is Lost
6 – “Atlas” – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7 – “Monsters University” – Monsters University

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – “Shine Your Way” – The Croods
9 – “Sweeter than Fiction” – One Chance

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Safe Bets:
1 – 12 Years A Slave
2 – Gravity
3 – American Hustle
4 – The Great Gatsby
5 – Saving Mr. Banks

Possible Spoilers:
6 – Her
7 – Inside Llewyn Davis
8 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Safe Bets:
1 – Saving Mr. Banks
2 – American Hustle
3 – The Great Gatsby
4 – Inside Llewyn Davis
5 – 12 Years A Slave

Possible Spoilers:
6 – The Invisible Woman
7 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
8 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Safe Bets:
1 – Frozen
2 – The Wind Rises
3 – Monsters University
4 – The Croods
5 – Ernest & Celestine

Possible Spoilers:
6 – Epic
7 – A Letter to Momo

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Safe Bets:
1 – The Act of Killing
2 – 20 Feet from Stardom
3 – Stories We Tell

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – The Square
5 – Blackfish
6 – Tim’s Vermeer
7 – The Armstrong Lie

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Cutie and the Boxer
9 – God Loves Uganda

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Safe Bets:
1 – The Hunt – Denmark
2 – The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium
3 – The Great Beauty – Italy

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – The Grandmaster – Hong Kong
5 – The Notebook – Hungary
6 – Two Lives – Germany
7 – Omar – Palestime
8 – The Missing Picture – Cambodia

Long Shot:
9 – An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker – Bosnia & Herzegovina

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