My Picks:

Creative Awards

Best Motion Picture of the Year


Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney – This one actually made my best of list, but wasn’t my choice for number one. I liked it, but I would have rather seen Moonrise Kingdom here. There are no comedies on this list.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012) – Honestly, I’m not sure why anyone else was nominated.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – No Opinion, but a comment.


Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – I only saw Jennifer Lawrence in one film last year, The Hunger Games. Did she deserve it for that, no. Did she deserve it for this, I don’t know.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role


Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012) – When my Dad and I saw Lincoln, we would have put hard money down that no one could top Tommy Lee Jones, but I am happy that Waltz won. He earned it and deserved it, sorry Tommy, maybe next time.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

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Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012) – Anne Hathaway was actually very good in a very hard part. Fantine is the doormat of the first act and is more a plot point than a character, but Hathaway really pulled a lot emotion and belted ahelluva rendition of I Dreamed a Dream.

Best Achievement in Directing


Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012) – I like the Life of Pi, but best director? Not really. I think that of this list, Spielberg, but there were better directed film than any on this list.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen


Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom had probably the best story of any film I saw in 2012. And, I would say that it has quickly become, in my mind,  the best Wes Anderson film to date. I am very happy to see Anderson and Coppola get the nomination, I just would have preferred they actually get the win too.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published


Life of Pi (2012): David Magee – This is another example of a story that was just better than the winner. Sit down, read the book and then tell me that Argo had a better story than Life of Pi. I don’t think anyone can.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


Frankenweenie (2012): Tim BurtonParaNorman (2012): Sam Fell, Chris Butler – ParaNorman and Frankenweenie are the best animated films I’ve seen in years, maybe in decades. Really, stop motion is always better than computer animation, because there is more effort but into it. Plus, these two films had much better stories than Brave. Brave was the weakest Pixar film that I’ve seen in a long time. (not as bad as Cars 2, but still week). The story was sub-par and there was nothing great about the animation, it was good, but not the best.

Best Short Film, Animated


Head Over Heels (2012): Timothy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly – Claymation is a dying art, and not without good reason, but I liked the story better than the others. Paperman is the start of a relationship, this is the middle.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score – No Opinion

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song – No Opinion, but a comment.

Skyfall (2012): Adele, Paul Epworth(“Skyfall”) – This is, by far, the worst Bond Song I have ever heard. Adele is better than this song.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year – I did not see any of these films.

Best Short Film, Live Action – I did not see any of these films.

Best Documentary, Feature – I did not see any of these films.

Best Documentary, Short Subject – I did not see any of these films.

Technical Awards

Best Achievement in Cinematography


Life of Pi (2012): Claudio Miranda – This is probably the one winner that cannot be argued. Life of Pi is a beautiful film.

Best Achievement in Editing – No Opinion

Best Achievement in Production Design


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright – They created an entirely different world.

Best Achievement in Costume Design


Mirror Mirror (2012/I): Eiko Ishioka – You can’t tell me that any dress that Keira Knightley wore was better than the dress Lily Collins wore at the ball.

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Peter King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane – The Dwarves were nigh unrecognizable. (Les Mis was just mud and dirt)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

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Les Misérables (2012): Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes – I think the choice to record the songs on set was a risky one, but it ultimately paid off.

Best Achievement in Sound Editing – No Opinion

Best Achievement in Visual Effects


Life of Pi (2012): Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott – This really was a hard category for me, as I think all the nominees did a pretty good job with the visual effects. I think Life of Pi is probably the best in conjunction with the Cinematography Award.

Special Note

Golden Razzie Awards


All I can really say is that Breaking Dawn Part 2 was not even the worst movie I saw in 2012, and therefore not the worst film that was release.

Tastes differ and many people would argue with Les Mis being on the worst list, but I seriously doubt anyone that saw Crazy Eyes or King Kelly would believe that Breaking Dawn was worse.

Technically, Breaking Dawn was better than King Kelly. And, story wise Breaking Dawn was better than both.

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