Best of 2012 in Film: The Definitive List of Top Tens

Here we are: my Top Tens in the major award categories, including Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. I included my Top 25 for Best Picture. Also, click the movie titles to read my original reviews of these film. Enjoy.

10. Alexandre Desplat, Zero Dark Thirty
9. Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
8. Marc Streitenfeld, Prometheus
7. Patrick Doyle, Brave
6. Henry Jackman, Wreck it Ralph
5. Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, Lawless
4. Fred Avril, Magnus Borjeson, and Six Drummers, Sound of Noise
3. Alan Silvestri, The Avengers
2. Jon Brion, ParaNorman
1. Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer, Beasts of the Southern Wild

10. Steve Yedlin, Looper
9. Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master
8. Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
7. Benoit Delhomme, Lawless
6. Yves Cape and Caroline Champetier de Ribes, Holy Motors
5. Robert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom
4. Dariusz Wolski, Prometheus
3. Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
2. Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi (in 3D)
1. Roger Deakins, Skyfall

10. Chris Butler, ParaNorman
9. Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere
8. Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
7. Leos Carax, Holy Motors
6. Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
5. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods
4. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
3. Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths
2. David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis
1. Tony Kushner, Lincoln

10. Gina Gershon, Killer Joe
9. Alicia Vikander, Anna Karenina
8. Kristen Stewart, On the Road
7. Samantha Barks, Les Miserables
6. Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
5. Amy Adams, The Master
4. Sally Field, Lincoln
3. Emily Blunt, Looper
2. Helen Hunt, The Sessions
1. Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere

10. Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty
9. Michael Fassbender, Prometheus
8. Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
7. Tom Hardy, Lawless
6. Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
5. Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers
4. Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths
3. Christopher Walken, Seven Psychopaths
2. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
1. Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild

10. Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
9. Rashida Jones, Celeste & Jesse Forever
8. Aubrey Plaza, Safety Not Guaranteed
7. Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina
6. Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom
5. Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
4. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
3. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
2. Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
1. Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere

10. Dane DeHaan, Chronicle
9. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour
8. Liam Neeson, The Grey
7. Aksel Hennie, Headhunters
6. Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi (in 3D)
5. Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis
4. Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
3. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
1. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

10. Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
9. Rian Johnson, Looper
8. Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
7. David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis
6. The Wachowskis, Cloud Atlas
5. Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
4. Peter Jackson, The Hobbit (in HFR)
3. Joe Wright, Anna Karenina
2. Ang Lee, Life of Pi (in 3D)
1. Leos Carax, Holy Motors

25. Anna Karenina
24. Cloud Atlas
23. Chronicle
22. Headhunters
21. Skyfall
20. Lawless
19. 21 Jump Street
18. The Grey
17. Argo
16. Zero Dark Thirty
15. The Hobbit (in HFR)
14. Life of Pi (in 3D)
13. The Master
12. Looper
11. ParaNorman
10. Beasts of the Southern Wild
9. Middle of Nowhere
8. The Cabin in the Woods
7. The Avengers
6. Moonrise Kingdom
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4. Lincoln
3. Seven Psychopaths
2. Cosmopolis
1. Holy Motors

~ by russellhainline on December 31, 2012.

6 Responses to “Best of 2012 in Film: The Definitive List of Top Tens”

  1. There are several films on this list that I still need to see (I live Korea and don’t get Western films all the time.) but I’m suprised to not see Dark Knight Rises. Also, I think films like End of Watch or Lawless deserve to be up there. I think End of Watch and Lawless really brought out some great acting from the actors.

  2. A lot of mainstream films, but still a decent list. My biggest disappointment however was “Moonrise Kingdom”. Best film of the year for me (and I don’t see it in your list, surprisingly) was definitely “Jagten” (“The Hunt”).

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