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A little more than a month ago, I began revealing my annual Davis Award nominees for my personal ballot for 2012. I’ll be revealing my winners here on Oscar eve and where my votes would have gone if I was voter, both nominees and winners. I’ve also chosen my 15 favorite scenes from all the films I saw last year.
2012 was a year to remember for film. I’ve never witnessed so many breathtaking film achievements that I’ll be sure to remember years from now. For me, 2012 was the year of the Documentary. I know they’re not usually popular with the demographic that the Awards Circuit serves but if any of you love movies, a good documentary is sure to leave you just as satisfied as any blockbuster or independent film.
I’m appreciative of my entire staff that have grown to be like family (yes…even Mark Johnson). More importantly, I’m grateful for our entire readership as they continue to challenge us to be better and dare us to be better on a daily basis. We look forward to talking movies with you this 2013. Tuesday, I’ll reveal my Year-In-Advanced Predictions for the 2014 ceremony and we will kick off new series and articles that the staff has been working on.
The winners are down below:
Best Motion Picture
WINNER: Les Miserables
Best Achievement in Directing
WINNER: Tom Hooper for Les Miserables
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
WINNER: Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Dwight Henry for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Best Original Screenplay
WINNER: Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: Tony Kushner for Lincoln
Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble
Best Achievement in Production Design
WINNER: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T. Frank for Lincoln
Best Achievement in Cinematography
WINNER: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
Best Achievement in Costume Design
WINNER: Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina
Best Achievement in Film Editing
WINNER: William Goldenberg for Argo
Best Achievement in Makeup
Best Achievement in Sound
WINNER: Les Miserables
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
WINNER: Life of Pi
Best Original Score
WINNER: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer for Cloud Atlas
Best Song From/Used in a Motion Picture
WINNER: “Who Did That to You?” from Django Unchained
TOP SCENES OF 2012
15. “I See a lot of Lawbreakers…” from Magic Mike
I wasn’t a fan of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Found it very hard to engage with but there was no denying the outstanding and charismatic turn by Matthew McConaughey and in his opening monologue, he brings forth the film’s biggest laughs.
14. The Crash from The Grey
One of the underrated gems of 2012 that showcased why Masanobu Takayanagi is the next great Director of Photography working today. As Liam Neeson imagines his wife, cuddled in bed, and then abruptly ripped away in a crash that leaves him and a crew stranded in frigid temperatures, the film begins to soar.
13. Cid Becomes the Rainmaker from Looper
Loopershield Mark Johnson, places this film in the highest regard, there’s one scene in particular where the film takes awesome to a whole new level. As our little enigmatic boy falls down a flight of stairs and a beautiful Emily Blunt, in slow motion, runs towards the door, grabbing our young Joseph Gordon-Levitt with her, we see the nature of a future monster come alive.
12. The Cemetery Shootout from Seven Psychopaths
Not to mention that Sam Rockwell delivers one of his finest turns yet, this spoof, or real-life depiction, I’m not sure yet, of screenwriters fusing comedy, action, and independent cinema together in a dynamic way.
11. “Puny God” from The Avengers
10. The Monsters Unleashed from The Cabin in the Woods
As the film revolutionizes the monster and horror genre, an elevator bell rings before all hell breaks loose on a business floor where zombies, dragons, the strangers, and blue merman make everyone wish they had taken a sick day.
9. The Plane Crash from Flight
After seeing a hungover Whip Whitaker take a nap in the cockpit, Zemeckis’ film captures emotion in the air as we witness a genuine heroic act from a concerned Katerina, and pure fear and adrenaline in what can only be described as my worst nightmare.
8. The Reading of the Votes from Lincoln
One of the brilliant directorial choices from Steven Spielberg and writer Tony Kushner is to have the full reading of all the votes of the Emancipation Proclamation. Despite obviously knowing how the vote turns out, we share the anxious waiting to find our country’s dirtiest stain begin to wiped away.
7. Opening Airjack from The Dark Knight Rises
Showing the clever-minded process behind Bane in this opening action sequence, Christopher Nolan allowed us to get fixated immediately into the conclusion of his Batman trilogy. ’The fire rises…” lets us know we’ll be in for a hell of a ride.
6. The Getaway from Argo
It’s interesting how real, historical events we know the outcome to, can take a dramatic effect in films. Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio team up to make a presumed simple escape process and have us sit at the edge of our seats, hearts pounding, and just wanting to know, what the hell was Joe Stafford (Scoot McNairy) was saying in Farsi.
5. “Is this Sugar?” from Searching for Sugar Man
As Searching for Sugar Man takes a beautiful turn in documentary filmmaking, the big reveal about this musician that killed himself on stage with either a gun or a tank full of gasoline, is so tender and exciting, the music bleeds from the sunglasses as he looks out of his Detroit window and speaks to us for the first time.
4. “Where do you want to go?” from Zero Dark Thirty
If Oscar wanted to do Jessica Chastain justice, this scene would be her Oscar clip for the ceremony. A blank stare, gazing out into the side of an airplane where casualties run through her mind, and a tear falls subtly down her cheek is one of the single best instances of human emotion captured on film. No words needed. The picture above isn’t it because I believe it’s one that should be experienced in context.
3. Bane Breaks Batman’s Back from The Dark Knight Rises
What’s greater than seeing a hero beat the bad guy is seeing the hero fall. In a battle where Batman meets his match, both physically and mentally, Bane reveals his knowledge about who Batman is, breaking him down with every word and every blow.
2. “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables
While many have problems with Tom Hooper and Danny Cohen’s choice to shoot many of the key scenes in Les Miserables up close, I found the portrait as intimate as any musical I’ve watched in years. Anne Hathaway’s heart pouring following her first “client” is so powerful that even the most vocal Les Miz haters can find some redemption with Fantine’s big number.
1. “If you blink, we go back to the start..” from The Master
“Freddie Quell. Freddie Quell. Freddie Quell” — Joaquin Phoenix’s slurred Freddie Quell repeats his name as Lancaster Dodd performs his first “process.” Besides being the finest acting piece of the year, Paul Thomas Anderson conducts this orchestra of acting and giving them the words to deliver their two finest performances.
Discuss your personal ballots and favorite scenes of the year!