The 2012 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards

2012 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards
The 2012 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards

2012 was a curious year for movies. To look at a year in movies at a glance we often turn straight to blockbusters and in the case of 2012 it may seem as if it really wasn't that great a year. Then you begin to drill down deeper and even films that divided the audience created large amounts of discussions, and beyond blockbusters there were plenty of middle ground to small-budget indie features that were quite powerful.

As far as discussion pieces go, here on RopeofSilicon a lot of time was dedicated to divisive films as The Grey, Prometheus and Looper. A conversation involving the ending of The Grey was quite popular, I posed theories on Looper's theme more than once, the Zero Dark Thirty torture controversy was annoying, but necessary and the movie that probably generated the most conversation was Prometheus, of which I wrote a massive six-page exploratory article. Yet, none of those three films even made my top ten. To me, that says something...

It tells me, around these parts at least, that on a medium such as the Internet people are finally developing the ability to rationally discuss movies without pounding their fists on the table and insulting those that disagree with them. A movie can be every bit as valuable for what it isn't as it is for what it is. Granted, there are some films that don't live up to any real measure of artistic standard, but for the most part we only focus on those films for the brief moment in time they are in front us, then turn our attention back to those films that inspire us to think beyond what we saw on the big screen. It was that level of thinking turned 2012 into a record-breaking year.

Yes, 2012 was the highest grossing year at the domestic box-office as sales climbed above $10.8 billion. But, more importantly, ticket sales actually increased more than 5%. With a projected 1.36 billion tickets sold we are still shy of peak levels reached in 2002 at 1.6 billion tickets sold, but the diversity of films that gained attention this year proved audiences are open to watching more than just blockbusters at the cinema.

That said, the blockbusters did quite well in their own right. While there were some flops such as Battleship and John Carter, here's a look at the highest grossing films of 2012 both domestically and worldwide courtesy of Box-Office Mojo:

Top Five at the 2012 Box Office
Top Five at the 2012 Box Office
Domestic Worldwide
  1. The Avengers - $623.3 million
  2. The Dark Knight Rises - $448.1 million
  3. The Hunger Games - $408 million
  4. Skyfall - $300.9 million
  5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - $290.7 million
  6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $288.7 million
  7. The Amazing Spider-Man - $262 million
  8. Brave - $237.2 million
  9. Ted - $218.8 million
  10. Madagascar 3 - $216.3 million
  1. The Avengers - $1.511 billion
  2. The Dark Knight Rises - $1.081 billion
  3. Skyfall - $1.038 billion
  4. The Hobbit - $920.9 million
  5. Ice Age - $875.3 million
  6. Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - $823.3 million
  7. Spider-Man - $752.2 million
  8. Madagascar 3 - $742.1 million
  9. The Hunger Games - $686.5 million
  10. Men in Black III - $624.0 million

When you move beyond the top ten, however, you find success stories such as 21 Jump Street making $201.5 million worldwide on a $42 million budget, Magic Mike making $167.2 million worldwide on a $7 million budget and the French phenomenon, The Intouchables racking up over $420 million worldwide. There's a lot of success to be found in 2012 and I hope to shed a little light on some of it and hope you'll join me in the comments.

And so we come to this year's RopeofSilicon Awards. This is the fifth year I have offered up what I believe to be the "best" of the year in a variety of the traditional categories from Best Actor and Actress, quotes, posters and more.

I started doing this in 2008 as a way of putting a final touch on the prior year and giving us all a chance to discuss our favorite performances and films from the previous year. The Oscars tend to recognize the more generally accepted "best" from each year, but there are always those performances and films that mean something a little more to the rest of us for whatever reason and I like taking this time for just such exploration, both on my end, but just as much to read about your favorites.

Next week I will be launching the voting process for you to nominate your ten favorite films from 2012 in an attempt to come to a conclusion on a aggregate reader-decided top ten for the year. For now, join me for a look back at what I believe were some of the best performances, best direction, score, ensemble, quotes, posters and more from 2012 and let's get it started with this year's poster collage. Just give it a click for a much larger version and then click through to page two where the awards begin.

The Poster

2012 RopeofSilicon Awards Poster
The 2012 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards Poster

Now click on through to the following pages where you'll find my picks for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Score and Director along with my favorite quotes from 2012, favorite posters, worst posters and a collection of montage videos from around the Internet.

  • Criterion10

    Some great picks here, Brad. In honor of this article, I'll be tidying-up my personal "Best Of" list later today and posting it when finished, although I do still have about another 20 films that I won't get to see until another few weeks.

    • Criterion10

      BEST PICTURE (in order):
      Zero Dark Thirty
      Magic Mike
      Moonrise Kingdom
      The Master
      Django Unchained
      Killng Them Softly
      Silver Linings Playbook

      Django Unchained
      Killing Them Softly
      Les Miserables
      Moonrise Kingdom <--- WINNER
      Silver Linings Playbook

      Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
      Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
      Joaquin Phoenix for The Master <--- WINNER
      Jean-Louis Trintignant for Amour
      Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained

      Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
      Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
      Emmanuelle Riva for Amour <--- WINNER
      Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild

      Jason Clarke for Zero Dark Thirty
      Robert DeNiro for Silver Linings Playbook
      Dwight Henry for Beasts of the Southern Wild
      Matthew McConaughey for Killer Joe/Magic Mike
      Phillip Seymour Hoffman for The Master <--- WINNER

      Amy Adams for The Master
      Judi Dench for Skyfall
      Sally Field for Lincoln
      Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables <--- WINNER
      Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook

      Beasts of the Southern Wild
      Cloud Atlas
      The Master <--- WINNER
      Moonrise Kingdom

      Some side notes: My top ten for Best Picture is best taken with a grain of salt. I feel really strongly about the first two films and really like the next three. The final five are films that I really enjoyed, but found significantly flawed. Only time will reveal my true thoughts for these films.

      I left only four nominations for Best Actress, as at the moment I haven't seen enough great leading performances. Once I catch up with my movie watching, that should change.

      Also, I had a difficult time leaving out both Argo and Cloud Atlas for ensemble. Thought there was some great work there.

      So many great supporting actor performances this year that I left out. Leo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Scoot McNairy, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem...

      Major films I still need to see: Anna Karenina, Compliance, Cosmopolis, Flight, The Intouchables, Lawless, The Sessions, Holy Motors, Rust and Bone, The Impossible, and many others...

  • RagingTaxiDriver

    Love that you give some recognition to Spader and McNairy and how you have to add another 7 Supporting Actors because of how many great performances came from that category.

    • Criterion10

      McNairy was great in Killing Them Softly. I considered putting him in my personal awards, but there were just too many great supporting performances this year.

      • RagingTaxiDriver

        I too will be posting my nominations, and he will be an honorable mention most likely for me.

    • Chris138

      I guess I'm in the minority here but I thought Scoot McNairy was one of the weak spots in Killing Them Softly. Ben Mendelsohn and Brad Pitt were the two stand out performances for me.

      • RagingTaxiDriver

        The whole ensemble was great to me, but McNairy stood over Mendelsohn to me. But again, everyone was great, Mendelsohn included.

    • RagingTaxiDriver

      All Nominations are in order of my opinions, honorable mentions AREN’T in order
      I have not seen; The Master, Rust and Bone, Anna Karenina, Killer Joe, Prometheus, Le Tableau, Deep Blue Sea, The Intouchables

      - Django Unchained
      - Zero Dark Thirty
      - Argo
      - Lincoln
      - Life of Pi
      - Moonrise Kingdom
      - The Dark Knight Rises
      - Killing Them Softly
      - Looper
      - Beasts of the Southern Wild
      - Honorable Mentions: The Avengers, Arbitrage, Les Miserables, Cloud Atlas, Skyfall

      - Django Unchained
      - Lincoln
      - Silver Linings Playbook
      - Argo
      - Moonrise Kingdom
      - Honorable Mentions; Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly, Les Miserables, Cloud Atlas

      - Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
      - Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
      - Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
      - Denzel Washington – Flight
      - Denis Lavant – Holy Motors
      - Honorable Mention; Richard Gere – Arbitrage, Jake Gyllenhaal& Michale Pena – End of Watch, Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Looper, Jack Black - Bernie

      - Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
      - Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
      - Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
      - Emmanuella Riva – Amour
      - Emily Blunt – Looper

      - Leonardo Dicaprio – Django Unchained
      - Samuel L. Jackson ¬– Django Unchained
      - Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises
      - Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike
      - Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
      - Honorable Mentions
      o Bruce Willis – Moonrise Kingdom
      o Dwight Henry – Beasts of the Southern Wild
      o James Spader - Lincoln
      o Jason Clarke – Zero Dark Thirty (Just missed the cut)
      o Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
      o Robert Downey Jr. – The Avengers
      o Scoot McNairy – Killing Them Softly

      - Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
      - Sally Field – Lincoln
      - Kerry Washington – Django Unchained
      - Anna Kendrick – End of Watch
      - Frances McDormand – Moonrise Kingdom
      - Honorable Mention; Judi Dench – Skyfall, Jackie Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

      - Ben Affleck – Argo
      - Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
      - Ang Lee – Life of Pi
      - Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
      - Andrew Domenik – Killing Them Softly
      - Honorable Mentions; Steven Spielberg – Lincoln, Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises, Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom, Benh Zietlin – Beast of the Southern Wild

      - Django Unchained
      - Life of Pi
      - Zero Dark Thirty
      - The Dark Knight Rises
      - Cloud Atlas
      - Honorable Mentions; Looper, Argo, Lincoln, Beasts of the Southern Wild

      - Life of Pi
      - Django Unchained
      - Moonrise Kingdom
      - Skyfall
      - Lincoln
      - Honorable Mentions; Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises, Cloud Atlas, Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Jack

    Need more Master love! :)

    For Me, since nobody asked:

    1. Paul Thomas Anderson- The Master
    2. David O. Russell- Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Ben Affleck- Argo
    4. Kathryn Bigelow- Zero Dark Thirty
    5. Tom Hooper- Les Miserables

    1. Joaquin Phoenix- The Master
    2. Bradley Cooper- Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Matthew McConegheny- Killer Joe
    4. Daniel Day-Lewis- Lincoln
    5. Jack Black- Bernie

    1. Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty
    3. Anne Hathaway- The Dark Knight Rises
    4. Kara Hayward- Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Rachel Weisz- Deep Blue Sea

    1. Philip Seymour Hoffman- The Master
    2. Leonardo DiCaprio- Django Unchained
    3. Robert DeNiro- Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Eddie Redmayne- Les Miserables
    5. Michael Pena- End of Watch

    1. Anne Hathaway- Les Miserables
    2. Amy Adams- The Master
    3. Helen Hunt- The Sessions
    4. Rosemarie DeWitt- Your Sister's Sister
    5. Brit Marling- Sound of My Voice

    POSTER: The django one you have
    QUOTE: "Now stick it back in, it fell out"- The Master
    BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Prometheus, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Impossible, Beasts of the Southern Wild

    • Jack


      1. The Master
      2. Cloud Atlas
      3. The Dark Knight Rises
      4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
      5. Zero Dark Thirty

      ENSEMBLE: Silver Linings Playbook
      ANIMATED FEATURE: Paranorman
      DOCUMENTARY: Katy Perry: Part of Me, yeah!

  • Robert

    I loved Tilda Swinton as Social Services. If she had more screentime, she'd make my own supporting actress list. As it stands, she won my limited performance category, narrowly edging out Jackie Weaver.

  • Newbourne

    I actually made a comment in a previous article about how Scoot was being snubbed everywhere, even here at RoS. I like to think I reminded you of his great performance. :)

    He would actually be my #1. The Django boys were great, but Scoot was just phenomenal.

  • AS

    I'll be posting my "Best of" list on Sunday's What I Watched column, but I just have to say... you gave Best Picture to Django but you didn't nominate Tarantino for Best Director?

    • RagingTaxiDriver

      I was questioning the same thing, maybe it's that he thought QT was too indulgent?

    • adu

      I have never understood that in general, you would think if a movie was the best, it must have the best direction. Call me crazy!

    • Mikey

      I think direction just might not be the first thing that pops into someone's head when they think of Django. For me personally when I think of why I loved Django it goes 1)Performances 2)Writing 3)Soundtrack

  • Little My

    Nicole Kidman should have won best supporting actress her performance is one for the ages.

  • Hurricane

    Love that you mentioned Walton Goggins, one of my favorite actors and he often goes overlooked. He is great on Justified and was incredible on The Shield.

  • Hurricane

    Best Picture: Django Unchained
    runner-ups: Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly, Moonrise Kingdom

    Best Director: Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly)
    Runners-up: Bigelow, Tarantino, Spielberg, PTA, Wes Anderson

    Best Actor: DDL
    Runners-up: Denzel, Brad Pitt, Cristoph Waltz

    Best Actress: Jessica Chastain
    Runners-up: J-La, Naomi

    Best Supporting Actor: Scoot McNairy
    Runners-up: Jason Clarke, Sam Jackson, DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Ben Mendelsohn

    Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
    Runners-up: DENCH

    Best Cinematography: Killing Them Softly

  • Jesse3232

    I think posting opinions on movies is a lot of fun so thank you for sharing your opinion and allowing your readers to share theirs!

    I did miss a few movies this year such as Moonrise Kingdom, The Master and End of Watch but I will be checking them out real soon!

    Silver Linings Playbook
    Django Unchained
    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Dark Knight Rises
    Life of Pi

    Kathryn Bigelow (although her film wasn`t my favorite, her accomplishments were enourmous by sumarizing ten years in an intense two hour and 37 minute film that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. This was the biggest Oscar snub for me)

    Runners Up:
    Quentin Tarantino- fantastic directing
    David O. Russell- an actor`s director, making a very real and relatable movie
    Ang Lee- the most visually amazing film I`ve ever seen
    Christopher Nolan- a great conclusion to one of the best trilogies we have today

    Best Actor
    Daniel Day-Lewis- need I say more?
    Bradley Cooper- Incredible performance, I never knew he had that in him!
    Christoph Waltz- Single handedly carried the movie at least til' Candie Land
    Channing Tatum- Oh boy can this man act or what? I'm aiming more for 21 Jump Street cuz I laughed my ass off with him and I didn't think he could pull it off but he was great in Magic Mike as well.
    Christian Bale- I could have given this to some of the Hollywood favorites that are getting most of the attention but as a HUGE Batman fan growing up and an even bigger Nolan fan, I thought this was Bale's best performance as Bruce Wayne. I think he knocked it out of the park especially with this movie being limited in Batman and more on Wayne's story. He matched the tone of the character from the comic book and I think his performance is the most underrated in the film!

    Best Actress
    Jennifer Lawrence- This was an extremely hard pick for me but I feel Lawrence gave the best performance of the year. She felt extremely real and relatable and was a character that was so well written.
    Jessica Chastain- Another incredible performance for one of Hollywood's newest favorites. The audience really buys into her obsession of wanting to find this man and you can really see the passion in the performance. I think these two are interchangable meaning they can change at any other time.
    Quvenzhane Wallis- Considering she was 6 years out when she shot the film with probably no acting training makes her performance even more impressive. She was absolutely incredible in the film and carried it on her back the whole time.

    Samuel L. Jackson- Thank you Brad! I've always said that Mr. Jackson isn't getting the credit he deserves for his role as Stephen in Django Unchained. While watching the movie, you truly hate him for his actions and Jackson nailed it. He also does have some very funny moments but that's besides the point.
    Leonardo DiCaprio- This man also deserved to be nominated as he gave a great performance. I liked that he really went out of his comfort zone as a "pretty boy" and played a character you simply hated. Also, the improvised scene where he actually cut himself was simply phenominal.
    Tom Hardy (Lawless & TDKR) Say what you want about the Bane voice, I thought Hardy gave a great performance. He carried most of the movie by himself and was an extremely entertaining villain. In "Lawless" you can actually see his face and his incredible acting abilities. I think he's going to come out as one of hollywood's best actors.
    Jason Clarke- Simply a great performance in a film where everyone felt real.
    Dwight Henry- Although Wallis stole the show, I believe that Henry was incredible in his own right.

    Anne Hathaway (TDKR and Les Mis)- What an incredible year for Anne Hathaway! I thought she was fantastic in both films and definitely stole the show in whatever scenes she was in. Anne did a lot of stunts/fights in TDKR in that costume which is also very impressive. For me she was the best by a mile and I don't really have any runners up for this category.

    Well that's my opinion on the best of the year, I'd also like to give Joseph Gordon-Levitt a shoutout, not only because he's a great actor but because he was extremely good in everything he was in this year. Looking forward to hearing the Rope of Silicon's community's thoughts as well.

    • loxmang

      I dont mean to knock down your whole post here because you said a lot of things i agree with. I just dont see why people liked Tom Hardy in lawless. I thought his accent was awful and it literally ruined the movie for me, and besides the accent i thought he waaaaay over acted, but thats why we have opinions. Unfortunately i thought he was awesome in TDKR but will never get the recognition since his voice was messed with and he was rocking a mask.

  • Winchester

    It does rather remind me that I still have many 2012 films to catch up on. But I'm always working late on these things.

    Probably my favourite quip of the year is either Thor's 'He's adopted' or Loki's 'I'm waiting'. They both deliver it perfectly. I can never decide. But lots of other good picks quotes and selections in there.

    Looking forward to seeing what emerges on the aggregated films of the year but I gotta say I do not ever think I will understand the love for Magic Mike. It's obviously one of those instances of having totally the opposite to opinion to everyone else it seems. But hey ho..........that happened with Drive as well.

  • Andrew J.S.

    Best Actor: Richard Gere - Arbitrage

    DDL was great, but no performance this year was more intriguing that Gere in Arbitrage. To play such a selfish character, but have the charisma to get the audience to want to see him get away with a crime isn't easy, and he masters it.
    He fleshes out a complex character out of what's essentially a evil rich guy caricature, and has the puts the audience on their toes wondering what he's up to.

    2. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
    3. Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
    4. John Hawkes – The Sessions
    5. Liam Neeson - The Grey

    Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – The Silver Lingings Playbook

    Don't have anything to say that's already been said, just really enjoyed her performance.

    2. Kara Hayward- Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea
    4. Marion Cotillard – Rust & Bone
    5. Naomi Watts – The Impossible

    Best Supporting Actor: Tom Cruise – Rock of Ages

    Not a great movie, but a fun one. Tom Cruise was a huge part of why it was so fun,. Stacee Jaxx stole the show. Cruise created not only a believable rock star but a Rock God who's bare presence itself consumes an entire room.

    2. Russell Crowe – Les Miserables
    3. Shlomo Bar Aba – Footnote
    4. Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
    5. Jason Clarke – Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Supporting Actress: Frances McDormand – Moonrise Kingdom

    One of the best angles of Moonrise Kingdom is the relationship between Suzy and her mother, and both McDormand and Hayward really kill it. The chemistry between them is perfect. The way they interact with each other is completely believable and their relationship is easy to understand if you've observed or experienced similar mother-daughter relationships.

    2. Samantha Barks – Les Miserables
    3. Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
    4. Gina Gershon – Killer Joe
    5. Vera Farmiga – Goats

    Best Director: Juan Antonio Bayona – The Impossible

    This is the hardest one to decide for me as all 5 films we really well directed. I give it to JA Bayona because he found a way to avoid a cliched narrative, or just cliches in general, to tell an inspiring story. The story progresses very naturally, and instead of using forced, melodramatic moments to inspire, Bayona just shows people interacting with each other despite all the hell going around. Also, the tsunami scene might be the most well done disaster sequence ever.

    2. David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Jacques Audiard – Rust & Bone
    4. Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
    5. Richard Linklater – Bernie

    • Jake17

      I'm glad you acknowledged Frances McDormand, she'll be on my list as well.

    • Art

      Yea Gere did turn in great performance in Arbitrage

  • Xarnis

    I made my own "Best Of" awards with only 3 nominees per category (aside from BP)

    Best Picture
    The Master
    Zero Dark Thirty
    WINNER: Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Director
    Ang Lee, Life of Pi
    Ben Affleck, Argo
    Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
    WINNER: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Actor
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
    Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
    WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

    Best Actress
    Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
    Emmanuele Riva, Amour
    WINNER: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Supporting Actor
    Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
    Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
    WINNER: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

    Best Supporting Actress
    Amy Adams, The Master
    Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    Sally Field, Lincoln
    WINNER: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

    Best Original Screenplay
    The Master
    Zero Dark Thirty
    WINNER: The Master

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Silver Linings Playbook
    WINNER: Lincoln

    Best Cinematography
    Life of Pi
    The Master
    WINNER: Life of Pi

    Best Music
    Life of Pi
    Les Miserables
    WINNER: Life of Pi

    Best Sound
    Life of Pi
    Zero Dark Thirty
    WINNER: Skyfall

    Best Visual Effects
    The Avengers
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Life of Pi
    WINNER: The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey

  • Ian

    Another great set of awards Brad; this writeup is always one of the highlights of the year on ROS for me. That being said, if I write up one for my blog as I did last year, I would differ from you at the top of every category. It'd be more a question of the order of things though as most of my favorite performances are at least mentioned here; the two big exceptions being Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    I've now seen every 2012 release that I want to, though I'll still go back and watch a few again in theatres (having a second run art deco movie palace in town is pretty awesome). I have a very solid top nine for the year, but I'm not sure what will be my #10. I may have to rewatch a film or two before I decide.

  • Kessler

    Great job Brad. I'm debating whether or not to post my personal Top Ten of 2012 now or on Sunday. I think it's done and all ready to go, but I kind of want to see a few more films before I post it. Just in case something changes at the last minute.

    "That's a loaded question" That was also one of my favorite lines from Moonrise Kingdom. That and when Edward Norton saw the treehouse.

    For best directors, I would've given a spot to Ang Lee or Rian Johnson. Life of Pi had problems, but I thought they came from the script rather than Lee's direction. Life of Pi also had a great score as well. I'd also choose Johnson because of how he created the world of Looper and how he executed it from his own writing.

  • SP1234

    My Personal Best of list, mixed with award titles and personal favorites

    Best Picture (Top 10)
    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    2. The Hunger Games
    3. Cloud Atlas
    4. Lincoln
    5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    6. Skyfall
    7. Prometheus
    8. Dark Shadows
    9. Django Unchained
    10. The Master

    Best Director
    1. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises)
    2. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
    3. Ridley Scott (Prometheus)
    4. Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
    5. Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
    6. Rian Johnson (Looper)

    Best Actor
    1. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
    2. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    3. Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
    4. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises)
    5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper)
    6. Daniel Craig (Skyfall)

    Best Actress
    1. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
    2. Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
    3. Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
    4. Noomi Rapace (Prometheus)
    5. Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas)
    6. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed)

    Best Supporting Actor
    1. Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)
    2. Michael Fassbender (Prometheus)
    3. Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
    4. Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises)
    5. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
    6. Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas)

    Best Supporting Actress
    1. Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas)
    2. Amy Adams (The Master)
    3. Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
    4. Eva Green (Dark Shadows)
    5. Emily Blunt (Looper)
    6. Charlize Theron (Prometheus)

    • SP1234

      I thought that Rises was the perfect finale for Nolan's trilogy, which in itself is an achievement. I understand that Bane's power was sort of taken away at the end, but I felt that Hardy still managed to deliver a menacing and formidable villain.

      I loved Silver Linings Playbook, a lot, but that was nowhere near as impressive as what she did for Katniss in my mind. She made Hunger Games the success that it was I think, carrying the entire film on her shoulders single-handedly as Kate Winslet did with Titanic.

      Doona is an extraordinary find and I hope Cloud Atlas is the first of a wonderful line of international work this South Korean wonder will do. Her vunerability, sensitivity, innocence and emotional strength as Sonmi-451 is the beating heart of the film in my eyes.

  • Central Ohio

    Interesting picks, Brad. I guess I have to watch Moonrise Kingdom again. I like Wes Anderson. I saw Bottle Rocket when it first came out and I was sold on him instantly. Though he's never made a movie quite as funny since then in my opinion.

    I don't understand how you don't have Joaquin Phoenix on the runner-ups list. His performance is quickly becoming under-appreciated. If you have seen a better portrayal of a train wreck on screen in the last ten years let me know about it. I'm sure the Academy hated to vote for him but they were too afraid to lose credibility with people who really know about acting if they didn't.

  • matt hammill

    Brad, I usually agree with you, but Seven Psychopaths was outstanding. Most underrated movie of the year for sure. Granted, it wasn't better than In Bruges, but not much is. Sam Rockwell should have been nominated for something.

  • http://goldenglobes randall gerber

    anne hathaway gave the best supporting actress performance of the year not amy adams.she(anne hathaway)might have giving the performance of there brad.

  • Randall P McMurphy

    I saw exactly 102 films this year and still have about 10 more I consider important I haven't seen yet...

    Here's my top 10:
    1. Django
    2. Looper
    3. Detachment
    4. Intouchables
    5. The Raid
    6. Moonrise Kingdom
    7.Silver Linings Playbook
    8. Polisse
    9. Rust and Bone
    10. End of Watch

    Best Director:
    1. Quentin Tarantino
    2. Tony Kaye
    3. Rian Johnson
    4. Maiwenn
    5. Jaques Audiard

    Best Actor:
    1. Adrien Brody (Detachment)
    2. Joseph-Gordon Levitt (Looper)
    3. Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained)
    4. Denzel Washington (Flight)
    5. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Actress:
    1. Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone)
    2. Trine Dyrholm (Love is all you need)
    3. Sami Gayle (Detachment)
    4. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
    5. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Supporting Actor:
    1. Christoph Waltz (Django)
    2. Yayan Ruhian (The Raid)
    3. Michael Pena (End of Watch)
    4. Joey Starr (Polisse)
    5. Tom Hardy (TDKR)

    Best Supporting Actress:
    1. Emily Blunt (Looper)
    2. Betty Kaye (Detachment)
    3. Jacki Weaver (SLP)
    4. Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas)
    5. Ellen Page (To Rome With Love)

    • Andrew J.S.

      Shoot, I forgot about Tony Kaye on my best director list. Don't know how I could, Detachment is my 3rd favorite film of the year right now.

      • Newbourne

        Kaye is #2 on your director list...

  • Alex Thomas

    Bravo, Bradley.

    Really enjoyed the quotes (you even put that great Pitch Perfect quote in even though you didn't love that film!) I'm keen to check out all these videos too when I'm not at work.

    I'm never big on poster's but your best ones always look so great. I also would have gone with Wes for Best Director (well, it would have been tough between him and Nolan but I'm v glad to see Wes get some love)

    A shame you didn't enjoy The Impossible, you didn't really have high expectations for Ted? I guess you didn't see it straight away which would have affected your expectations with the hype.

    Thanks for the awards, always good to see something different apart from just the best films of the year counted down!

  • jinjuriki187

    uh i can argue that daniel day lewis didnt give the best performance of the year cuz he didn't. joaquin phoenix gave by far the best performance of the year! by far, i can understand not giving the award to him but to not give him a runner up or at least a mention is insane!! also the impossible, seven psychopaths and ted were amazing movies

    • Brad Brevet

      So you're saying we disagree? :)

  • mia

    Cottilard has a remarkable achievement on Rust and Bone and yet simply overlooked by Oscar voters. Sad.

  • JAB

    It's been almost 2 weeks & I still can't get "Zero Dark Thirty" out of my mind. That's the sign of a truly great movie. I'll have to see "Lincoln" & "Argo" again to decide if ZDT really is the Best Picture of '12, but if I had to make Top 10 right now Zero is #1.
    ("The Dark Knight Rises" plays better on a 2nd viewing & definitely rates in my Top 5. Go ahead & shoot me, but I really liked "John Carter". That is easily the most unfairly panned movie in my 40 years of taking movies seriously.)

    • dslacker

      JAB - absolutely agree on John Carter. Disney killed that film with their lousy marketing. Not a great movie, but a throughly entertaining adventure, that didn't bore me with fight scenes that go on forever.

  • Mason Williamson

    Finally caught up on a lot of the films I've been meaning to check out. That said, here are some of my awards (ranked in order for each category):


    The Master
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Killing Them Softly
    Magic Mike
    Silver Linings Playbook


    Paul Thomas Anderson, 'The Master'
    Kathryn Bigelow, 'Zero Dark Thirty'
    Andrew Dominik, 'Killing Them Softy'
    Wes Anderson, 'Moonrise Kingdom'
    Steven Soderbergh, 'Magic Mike'


    Joaquin Phoenix, 'The Master'
    Daniel Day-Lewis, 'Lincoln'
    John Hawkes, 'The Sessions'
    Bradley Cooper, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
    Matthias Schoenaerts, 'Rust and Bone'


    Jessica Chastain, 'Zero Dark Thirty'
    Jennifer Lawrence, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
    Marion Cotillard, 'Rust and Bone'
    Emmanuelle Riva, 'Amour'
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 'Smashed'


    Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'The Master'
    Matthew McConaughey, 'Magic Mike'
    Ezra Miller, 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'
    Scott McNairy, 'Killing Them Softly'
    Christoph Waltz, 'Django Unchained'


    Amy Adams, 'The Master'
    Anne Hathaway, 'Les Miserables'
    Anne Dowd, 'Compliance'
    Helen Hunt, 'The Sessions'
    Frances McDormand, 'Moonrise Kingdom'


    The Master
    Moonrise Kingdom
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Killing Them Softly
    Zero Dark Thirty


    The Master
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Cloud Atlas
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Moonrise Kingdom


    The Master
    Killing Them Softly
    Life of Pi
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Django Unchained

    And, of course:


    "Free winds and no tyranny for you, Freddie, sailor of the seas? Then go to that landless latitude. For if you ever find a way to live with a master - any master - then let the rest of us know, would you? For you'd be the first person in all of human history."

    I feel like a bit of a lone voice in The Master's increasingly diminished choir, but I'm fine with that - there were a lot of solid films this year and a lot of diverse opinions that always kept things interesting.

    Solid picks, Brad (and everyone else) - hoping 2013 turns out to be just as entertaining.

  • Fox

    Haven't seen The Master or The Impossible, but here goes. . .

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Lincoln
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. End of Watch
    5. Zero Dark Thirty
    6. Skyfall
    7. Looper
    8. Les Mis
    9. Prometheus
    10. Life of Pi

    1. Kathryn Bigelow
    2. Steven Spielberg
    3. David O'Russell
    4. Wes Anderson
    5. Rian Johnson

    1. Daniel Day-Lewis
    2. Suraj Sharma (criminally under appreciated)
    3. Bradley Cooper
    4. Hugh Jackman
    5. Jake Gyllenhaal

    1. J-La (by a hair)
    2. Jessica Chastain
    3. Kara Hayward
    4. Noomi Rapace
    5. Emanuelle Riva

    Supporting Actor
    1. Michael Pena
    2. Tommy Lee Jones
    3. Michael Fassbender
    4. Robert De Niro
    5. Edward Norton

    Supporting Actress
    1. Anne Hathaway
    2. Emily Blunt
    3. Sally Field
    4. Judy Dench
    5. Samantha Barks

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Lincoln
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Les Miserables

    1. Beasts of the Southern Wild

    1. Skyfall
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Life of Pi
    4. Django
    5. Zero Dark Thirty

    • Newbourne

      Suraj is definitely under-appreciated. He's my #1 for now. It's between him and Cooper.

  • G-Man

    Great write-up and year, Brad. Was glad to see you put what might be my favorite quote of the year: "You say more inappropriate things than appropriate things."

  • Nick

    I'm guessing you weren't that impressed with Denis Lavant's work in Holy Motors? Personally I think I haven't seen a better performance in two or three years, and I'd actually seen Lavant's previous collaborations with Carax and was well aware of who he was and what he potentially was capable of. He still blew me away.

    Still, love most of your selections, especially Cotillard and Moonrise Kingdom. Don't feel like doing my own full version of this until I've seen Django and The Master, but I'd name some of my favorites of 2012 that I didn't already find in the article:

    Denis Lavant - Holy Motors
    Mikkel Boe Forsgaard - A Royal Affair
    Matthew McConaughey - Killer Joe
    Pat Healy - Compliance
    Guy Pearce - Lawless
    Jude Law - Anna Karenina

    Gina Gershon - Killer Joe
    Doona Bae - Cloud Atlas
    Lena Headey - Dredd

    Dredd - Paul Leonard-Morgan
    Cosmopolis - Howard Shore & Metric

    The Imposter
    Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present


  • Jennifer

    Surprised you didn't add in Most Underrated Film of the Year like you've done previously. I thought for sure The Perks of Being A Wallflower would have been your pick for that category.

  • Corbin

    Um, excuse me, but you have forgotten the Total Rekall poster as the worst. I don't care how much work you put into this, there is simply NO WAY that somebody could forget that. Trent was right. You are the worst reviewer, you should just go back to your parading business. Idiot. #kidding #goodcomments #parades

  • Mikey

    These articles are always so much fun to read. Great work on the site in 2012 Brad, can't wait to hear what you have to say about the films of 2013 (once they start getting watchable). Anyway here are my picks (everything is in order).

    Best Film
    1) Silver Linings Playbook
    2) Moonrise Kingdom
    3) Django Unchained
    4) Zero Dark Thirty
    5) The Dark Knight Rises
    6) Life of Pi
    7) Skyfall
    8) Argo
    9) Killing Them Softly
    10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Best Actor
    1) Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
    2) Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
    3) Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
    4) Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    5) Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

    Best Actress
    1) Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
    2) Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    3) Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
    4) Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
    5) Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

    Best Supporting Actor
    1) Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
    2) Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
    3) Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
    4) Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
    5) Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Supporting Actress
    1) Amy Adams (The Master)
    2) Samantha Barks (Les Miserables)
    3) Judi Dench (Skyfall)
    4) Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
    5) Cody Horn (Magic Mike)

    Best Director
    1) Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
    2) Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
    3) Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
    4) Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
    5) Ben Affleck (Argo)

    Best Cinematography
    1) Skyfall
    2) Life of Pi
    3) The Impossible
    4) Moonrise Kingdom
    5) Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Score: Zero Dark Thirty
    Best Ensemble: Django Unchained
    Best Documentary: Side by Side
    Best Animated Film: Wreck-It Ralph
    Biggest Surprise: Life of Pi
    Best Comedic Use of Wishing Cancer Upon Someone: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Best Use of the F-Bomb
    1) "Now fuckin' pay me." (Killing Them Softly)
    2) "I'm the mother fucker that found this place." (Zero Dark Thirty)
    3) "Argo fuck yourself." (Argo)
    4) "Fuck you science!" (21 Jump Street)
    5) "Fuck the cops! Fuck 'em! No fucking cops!" (Seven Psychopaths)

  • Newbourne

    Just finished watching Lincoln. I couldn't stand Day-Lewis' caricature acting. It seemed more like a comical impression than a dramatic performance. Plus, his British accent kept coming out every 2 minutes. (i.e. In America, it's pronounced MI-LI-TA-RY, not MI-LI-TRY).

    This is one of the times where I'm bewildered how an average performance has gotten so much critical acclaim.

    And to those who say it was like watching Lincoln come alive on-screen, NO ONE ALIVE HAS EVER SEEN HIM. There is literally no way for anyone to know if he was as cartoony as he was in the film. Sure, he has been described as serene and philosophical, but this film really focused on those adjectives and forgot he was human as well.

    I give it a C. I hopefully won't have the misfortune of sitting through it again in the next four score and twenty years.

  • Fan

    Best Picture:
    Django Unchained - winner
    Life of Pi
    The Master
    Killing Them Softly
    Cloud Atlas
    Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Director:
    Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) - winner
    Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
    P.T. Anderson (The Master)
    Andrew Dominick (Killing Them Softly)
    Sam Mendes (Skyfall)
    Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

    Best Actor:
    Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) - winner
    Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)
    Bradley Cooper (Sliver Lining Playbook)
    Richard Gere (Arbitrage)
    Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone)

    Best Actress:
    Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) - winner
    Jennifer Lawrence (Sliver Lining Playbook)
    Quvenzhane Wallis (Beast of the Southern Wild)
    Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) - winner
    Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
    Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained)
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
    Javier Bradam (Skyfall)
    Tom Hardy (Lawless)
    Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas)
    Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas)

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Judi Drench (Skyfall) - winner
    Anna Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
    Amy Adams (The Master)
    Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas)
    Jacki Weaver (Sliver Lining Playback)
    Sally Field (Lincoln)

    Best Screenplay:
    Django Unchained - winner
    Sliver Lining Playbook
    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Master
    Killing Them Softly

    • Fan

      Best quote:
      Django Unchained - Big Daddy: I can't fucking see shit neither. All that matter is if the fucking horse can see. That's a raid.

      Lawless - Forrest: whatcha-whatcha doing.

      Forrest: I thought I walk.

      21 Jump Street - Jenko: Fuck you Glee.

      Killer Joe - Joe: A baby...

      Ansel: I got him, Joe! Fucking kill him!

  • maja

    I always look forward to the annual ROS awards and this was another great edition.

    My top ten has drastically changed over the last few weeks now that i've had a chance to watch all the 2012 movies i've wanted to see with the exception of The Master.

    1. Looper
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Indie Game: The Movie
    4. Les Miserables
    5. Life of Pi
    6. The Imposter
    7. Django Unchained (upon one viewing only - this one is the mostly likely to move)
    8. Argo
    9. Arbitrage
    10. Killer Joe

    I think it's been a fantastic year for film and whilst most years i struggle to make a top 5, let alone a top 10, i struggled to keep it just to ten this year.

  • adu

    Best Movie: Seven Psychopaths
    Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix
    Best Actress:Quvenzhane Wallis
    Supporting Actor: Philip Seymor Hoffman
    Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
    Best Visuals: Life of Pi
    Best Soundtrack: Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Best Cinematography: The Master/ Life of Pi
    Best Comedy: Seven Psychopaths
    Most Over-rated movie: Moonrise Kingdom
    Best Villan: Javier Bardem (Skyfall)

  • MajorFilmFan

    I think Pitch Perfect had some of the BEST QUOTES of the year. Even if you didn't love it, Brad, I thoughr it was the BEST Comedy of 2012

  • Newbourne

    I had a dream Chastain, Day-Lewis, Hathaway and Hoffman won. The first three were a given, but Supporting Actor is still a 5-horse race.

    I really hate that they are all Academy Award winners. They should all arrive to the ceremony with their statues.

    • Fox

      Oh, you Dreamed a Dream Hathaway won?

      And what do you mean when you say "they are all Academy Award winners"? Chastain and Hathaway haven't won before.

      Finally, Chastain is far from a 'given' at this point. I'd say Jennifer Lawrence has the edge on her,

  • jupiter

    Anne Hathaway deserves every award that is given to her ( haters go home ! ) . She did the impossible, because she pulled-off Catwoman ( following in the footsteps of these extraordinary women: Eartha Kit, Julie Newmar and Michelle Pfeiffer ) and Fantine ( following in the footsteps of the greats : Patti LuPone, Lea Salonga, & Frances Ruffelle ) . Hathaway not only made both characters her own, but she did with depth, freshness, and made both characters compelling to watch. Plus, Anne owned both The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables. It is never easy to steal scenes from Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman.

    I wish Matthew McConaughey was recognized with an Oscar nomination. He was disrespected and maligned for so many years, and last year he had several wonderful and diverse performances. Just like Hathaway, Matthew proved he is one of the best thespians in the movie business.

  • jupiter

    Brad Brevet, Ann Dowd is co-lead of Compliance- not a supporting actress. I hate category fraud. I was happy she didn't receive an Oscar nomination, because she was pushing herself for supporting-instead of lead performance.

  • David

    Ranked in order of preference:

    Best Picture
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Les Misérables
    The Master
    The Avengers
    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Best Director
    Ben Affleck (Argo)
    Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
    Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
    Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Actor
    Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
    Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
    Denzel Washington (Flight)
    Ben Affleck (Argo)

    Best Actress
    Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
    Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
    Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)

    Best Supporting Actor
    Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
    Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty)
    Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty)
    Michael Fassbender (Prometheus)
    Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Supporting Actress
    Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
    Amy Adams (The Master)
    Sally Field (Lincoln)
    Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
    Olivia Colman (Hyde Park on Hudson)

    Best Original Screenplay
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Master

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Best Original Score
    The Avengers
    The Master
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • jesse3232

    Brad, how many times have you seen Django? I went to see it the other day and loved it even more but definitely had a different opinion on the performances. The first time I saw it, Samuel L. Jackson stole the show and he was beyond the best supporting actor in the film. The second time I saw it while I knew what was going to happen I wasn't as impressed with Jackson but more with DiCaprio. I fully would not argue your choice of Jackson but it's just a thought if you think performances replay well. I also didn't care much for Foxx's Django the first viewing but thought at the second viewing he gave a rather impressive performance.