RECAP: 4th TFO Awards (2012)

The fourth year of this blog’s awards, the TFO Awards, honoured the excellence in film for the year 2012. The awards were posted in February 2015.

Tom Hooper’s musical epic Les Misérables wins four out of its twelve nominations including Best Motion Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway).

Another big winner is Behn Zeitlin’s magical realist film Beasts of the Southern Wild, bagging three wins, including Best Directing (Zeitlin), out of its seven nominations.

The rest of the Best Picture nominees were Cloud Atlas (12 nominations), Silver Linings Playbook (7), Zero Dark Thirty (7), Amour (5), The Dark Knight Rises (5), Lincoln (5), Oslo, August 31st (3), and The Kid with a Bike (1).

Scroll down below to see the complete list of winners and nominees.

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Best Motion Picture

  • Amour – Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Ménégoz
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
  • Cloud Atlas – Stefan Arndt, Alex Boden, Grant Hill, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
  • The Kid with a Bike – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
  • *WINNER* Les Misérables – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
  • Lincoln – Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
  • Oslo, August 31st – Hans-Jørgen Osnes, Yngve Sæther
  • Silver Linings Playbook – Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Michael Haneke – Amour
  • *WINNER* Behn Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowaski, Lana Wachowski – Cloud Atlas
  • Tom Hooper – Les Misérables
  • Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Anders Danielsen Lie – Oslo, August 31st
  • *WINNER* Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • *WINNER* Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
  • Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Javier Bardem – Skyfall
  • *WINNER* Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
  • Ewan McGregor – The Impossible
  • Aaron Tveit – Les Misérables
  • Tom Wilkinson – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Jessica Chastain – Lawless
  • *WINNER* Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
  • Isabelle Huppert – Amour
  • Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by an Ensemble

  • *WINNER* Cloud Atlas – Doona Bae, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, James D’Arcy, Keith David, Hugh Grant, David Gyasi, Tom Hanks, Brody Lee, Robin Morrissey, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Martin Wuttke, Xun Zhou
  • Les Misérables – 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
  • Lincoln – 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
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – 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
  • Silver Linings Playbook – 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

Best Original Screenplay

  • *WINNER* Amour – Michael Haneke
  • Damsels in Distress – Whit Stillman
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ercan Kesal
  • Take This Waltz – Sarah Polley
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin
  • Cloud Atlas – Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
  • Lincoln – Tony Kushner
  • Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
  • *WINNER* Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Best Animated Feature

  • Frankenweenie – Tim Burton
  • *WINNER* From Up On Poppy Hill – Goro Miyazaki
  • ParaNorman – Sam Fell & Chris Butler
  • Rise of the Guardians – Peter Ramsey
  • Wreck-It Ralph – Rich Moore

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
  • Cloud Atlas – Frank Griebe, John Toll
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Wally Pfister
  • Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
  • *WINNER* Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Gökhan Tiryaki

Best Achievement in Film Editing

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Crockett Doob, Affonso Gonçalves
  • Cloud Atlas – Alexander Berner
  • Les Misérables – Chris Dickens, Melanie Ann Oliver
  • Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
  • *WINNER* Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Cloud Atlas – Lars Ginzel, Matthias Lempert, Ivan Sharrock, Roland Winke
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Mark Goodermote, Gregg Landaker, Ed Novick, Eric Potter, Gary Rizzo, Carlos Solis
  • *WINNER* Les Misérables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes
  • Life of Pi – Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill, Drew Kunin
  • Looper – Tim LeBlanc, Jeremy Peirson, Pawel Wdowczak

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Cloud Atlas – Frank Kruse
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Randle Akerson, Michael Babcock, Richard King, Michael W. Mitchell, Jeff Sawyer, Bryan O. Watkins
  • *WINNER* The Impossible – Marc Bech, Thiago Sachs, Oriol Tarragó
  • Looper – Jeremy Peirson
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N. J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Original Score

  • Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
  • *WINNER* Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
  • Cloud Atlas – Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer
  • Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Alexandre Desplat

Best Achievement in Adapted or Song Score

  • Damsels in Distress – Mark Suozzo, Annie Pearlman
  • *WINNER* Les Misérables – Alain Boublil, John Caird, Anne Dudley, Herbert Kretzmer, Trevor Nunn, Claude-Michel Schönberg
  • Magic Mike – Frankie Pine
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Alexandre Desplat, Randall Poster
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Michael Brook, Alexandra Patsavas

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Cloud Atlas – Dan Glass, Geoffrey Hancock, Stephane Ceretti
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Chris Corbould, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon,David Clayton, R. Christopher White
  • *WINNER* Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer, Donald R. Elliott
  • Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Cloud Atlas – Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead
  • The Grey – Gitte Axen, Howard Berger, Greg Nicotero, Noriko Watanabe
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane
  • *WINNER* The Impossible – David Martí, Montse Ribé 
  • Les Misérables- Julie Dartnell, Lisa Westcott

Best Achievement in Production Design – Contemporary

  • *WINNER* Beasts of the Southern Wild – (PD) Alex DiGerlando, (SD) Erin Staub
  • Cosmopolis – (PD) Arv Greywal
  • Holy Motors – (PD) Florian Sanson
  • The Impossible – (PD) Eugenio Caballero, (SD) Pilar Revuelta
  • Take This Waltz – (PD) Matthew Davies, (SD) Steve Shewchuk

Best Achievement in Production Design – Period

  • *WINNER* Anna Karenina – (PD) Sarah Greenwood, (SD) Katie Spencer
  • Cloud Atlas – (PD) Hugh Bateup, Uli Hanisch, (SD) Rebecca Alleway, Peter Walpole
  • Les Misérables – (PD) Eve Stewart, (SD) Anna Lynch Robinson
  • Lincoln – (PD) Rick Carter, (SD) Jim Erickson, Charles Maloy
  • A Royal Affair – (PD) Niels Sejer

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Contemporary

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Louise Stjernsward
  • *WINNER* Damsels in Distress – Ciera Wells
  • Magic Mike – Christopher Peterson
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – David C. Robinson
  • Take This Waltz – Lea Carlson

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Period

  • *WINNER* Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Kasia Walicka Maimone
  • Lawless – Margot Wilson
  • Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
  • A Royal Affair – Manon Rasmussen

Best Achievement in Original Song

  • “Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games
    Music and Lyric by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett
  • *WINNER* “Skyfall” from Skyfall
    Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth
  • “Still Dream” from Rise of the Guardians
    Music by Alexandre Desplat; Lyric by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • “Strange Love” from Frankenweenie
    Music and Lyric by Karen O
  • “Who Did That to You?” from Django Unchained
    Music and Lyric by John Legend

NOTE: Best Documentary Feature was not existing categories during this awards.

Click here to see the actual posts on the 4th TFO Awards.

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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. 

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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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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final anders danielsen lie# 3 – Anders Danielsen Lie – Oslo, August 31st (as Anders)

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final philip seymour hoffman# 4 – Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master (as Lancaster Dodd)

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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
Directed by Goro Miyazaki

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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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Best Sound Mixing

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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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anna karenina# 4 – Anna Karenina
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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Best Visual Effects

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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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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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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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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

Best Picture Profile: Silver Linings Playbook

silverliningsDirected by: David O. Russell

Written by: David O. Russell

Produced by: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

Runtime: 122 minutes

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Pat Solitano loves wife, there is no doubt about that. And after being released from a mental institution, all he wants to do is to see her.

That is not going to happen.

He is under a restraining order, prohibiting him to go anywhere near his parents are also having problems by the discomfort and disturbance Pat experiences as he stays home. Incidentally, as he tries to go back to the normal cycle of life, he starts jogging and meeting old friends. There he meets Tiffany, a young widow that he had known before. They spark an undeniable attraction to each other, but they also do not get along that well. Now, in order to ask Pat the big favour of joining a dance competition with her, Tiffany makes a deal with him to be the bridge of communication between him and his wife. In the process, Tiffany realizes that she got more than what she initially bargained.

Come to think of it, something must be said about the frontrunner/dark horse status that the film had during the awards season. The fact that a romantic comedy like this ended up as a serious contender is really something, a complete rarity (the last time that I can recall was in 1998 when Shakespeare in Love eventually won; no, I do not think 2011’s Midnight in Paris had anything much to do with the actual contenders). However, it should be no surprise at all since the film itself is quite great.

David O. Russell, the one that gave us 2010’s The Fighter, employs the same amount of energy that is evident in his last work and is even more visible here. Each scene is crafted with a surprisingly dark touch that makes the issues present in the characters more than just a leeway for more dramatic content. Instead, the choice to go dark at times is consistent throughout the film, giving the film a slightly bittersweet tone, and it all works, largely due to the intelligence present in its direction.

And the depth given to each situation and each character is also worth noticing. Each character is humanized, nobody is a walking caricature of a stereotype, and most importantly, we care for them. There are noticeable tonal shifts, but they are not jarring. There is care given in every scene, treating the mental illness side of the story with a deft handle of humor to make the jokes leaning on it not even close to offensive. Of course, there is the familiar ground of the romantic comedy, but it never felt tired or clichéd. Contrary to that, the scenes involving the romance feel fresh and extremely witty. With this film and The Fighter, Russell establishes himself as a director and screenwriter that cares much to the energy the same way with the soul.

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The film also has a noteworthy technical proficiency. There are some interesting choices in the cinematography. The editing could not be any better. The music is unobtrusive to the storytelling. But seriously, when we talk about Silver Linings Playbook, we talk about the performances.

Bradley Cooper gives his role the distinct quality of familiarity that makes his character so easy to sympathize to even with his condition. His characters do some really unfortunate actions, so it is now left with Cooper to make amends with the audience to make us care for an initially dislikeable person. And that is where I must recognize him: for adding so much humanity to this character that we just simply surrender and completely give in to the poignancy of his work here.

To counter that is Jennifer Lawrence in a performance that really matches with the word astonishing. Each scene, she effortlessly holds everyone’s attention, and it all feels very natural and instinctive. It is as if she is a ticking bomb that is always near explosion. She brings a very on-the-edge feel to Tiffany, and her creation of that character is no less than stellar. She punches in the electricity that makes her character so fascinating to watch.

Robert DeNiro has been in the industry for quite some time already, but he never loses his touch. Here, he concocts Cooper’s instability with a fatherly assurance that feels sincere and profound. If you know DeNiro’s filmography, you might not be very much impressed by his work here, but by giving his character the delicacy that a father has. Jacki Weaver brings everything down to one word: home. Her warmth in every scene feels very close to the heart, and it feels very real. Again, if you have seen her towering performance in Animal Kingdom, you might not be fully impressed, but given the fact that she utilizes restraint to the fullest extent to benefit the realization of her character is very noteworthy.

Fans of the genre would be delighted with this one, but it is more than a mere crowd pleaser. It commits to the humanity of the characters unlike any romantic comedy film that I have seen. The film is packed with vibrancy and urgency that makes the film feel as if it is fully living. It provides a breezy film going experience that actually sticks with you as the end credits roll. Now, that is really something for a feel-good film.

For this, the film gets:

5

Agree or disagree?

INTRODUCTION – Best Motion Picture: 2012

The next year…..

For the first time in more than twenty years, the Best Picture winner did not have a Best Director nomination. For the first time in more than ten years, a foreign language film produced also abroad was nominated for the Best Picture prize. For the first time in almost ten years, the record for the youngest Best Actress nominee had been broken. For the second time, a Tarantino film has been nominated since Pulp Fiction. For the first time in almost ten years, a musical was nominated for Best Picture. For the first time in thirty years, a film earned nominations for all the acting categories.

Too many history making things the Best Picture nominees have done this year.

So, here are the nominees:

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Amour

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

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Which film would win this one?

Would it be the French drama? Or the historical action-thriller? Or the magical realist drama? Or the Tarantino Western film? Or the epic musical drama? Or the fantasy drama about a tiger? Or the historical biopic of an American president? Or the romantic drama comedy? Or the war thriller?

The arrangement of the profiles will be by lottery, then the last profile would be the Best Picture winner Argo. 🙂

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So there you go.

Would I go with the Academy? Or would I go with an another nominee? Make your predictions now!