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BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
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BECAUSE:
Michael Haneke captures the pure essence of love that sustains decade after decade. Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Tringnant are two performers born to act together.Nicholas Jarecki’s first directorial effort is not only superbly executed but he manages to showcase the long-believed idea that Richard Gere is one of our finest actors. Nate Parker and Susan Sarandon also compliment the film beautifully.Ben Affleck brings a tri-fecta of impressive filmmaking and putting his own stamp on this political drama. What makes the work more impressive, is Affleck illuminates a young Clint Eastwood and directs himself to one of his finest performances so far.Tom Hooper captures Broadway magic on the silver screen with this musical adaptation. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, and Eddie Redmayne all shine bright. Moving, impeccably directed, and utterly enchanting.Steven Spielberg return to form and teamed up with screenwriter Tony Kushner, the two bring together an orchestrated symphony of history and melodic narrative. What makes the film succeed is the talented ensemble including Daniel Day-Lewis, James Spader, and Tommy Lee Jones.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
“A little boy that’s sent to camp by his mother…”“You serious? You think money’s gonna fix this?…”“Argo fuck yourself!”“Can you hear the people sing? – FINALE”Reading of the ballots.
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BECAUSE:
Animation can still be more than 3D effects, random song inserts, and geared towards children. The Painting pushes the boundaries of animation and easily lands among one of the more original concepts in years.High school was my best time in school and Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky reminded me of the happiest (and saddest) times of my youth. Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller deliver one of the year’s finest turns by any young actor.No other film this year, snuck up, and floored me more than this love letter to one of the finest musicians I’ve never known, Rodriguez. Stylistically gorgeous and beautifully told by director Malik Bendjelloul.The Memphis 3 has been chewed up and spit out by documentaries for years but no other director like Amy Berg and Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, have put so much emphasis and passion behind a concept and idea that may haunt many for years to come.Filmmaking as been elevated to some of the highest levels witnessed in a long time with Kathryn Bigelow’s “true” account about the finding and assassination of Osama bin Laden. Writer Mark Boal may have demonstrated the finest screenplay this decade.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
“I’m going to find who painted you…”“I don’t know if I will have the time to write anymore letters because I might be too busy trying to participate. So if this does end up being the last letter I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I started high school and you helped me.”“A Most Disgusting Song”Interview with Terry Hobbs.“Where do you want to go?”
RUNNERS UP:
Moonrise KingdomThe ImpossibleThe Dark Knight RisesEnd of WatchThe House I Live In
Childhood love and innocence captured on an island in the 1960s. Wes Anderson’s most personal and brilliant film to date.Tears, tears, and more tears fill a movie theater while Naomi Watts and Tom Holland dig deep inside to exhibit pure fear. J.A. Bayona also lands as one of most promising directors to watch.Nolan’s finale is a great salute to Batman fans everywhere while still keeping his integrity and clever filmmaking intact.The cop drama gets a needed facelift as Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena turn in career-best performances.Many issues were brought to viewer’s attention in 2012, but The House I Live In takes a fascinating look into our legal system and outs the ugly in big way.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
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BECAUSE:
A story that seems so familiar needs someone unfamiliar to the public to be told correctly. The best directing turn by a Documentarian since Michael Moore in “Bowling for Columbine.”She constructs a chess set full of notable characters yet headlined by one ferocious performance by Jessica Chastain. Her choices during the raid also show her brilliance.Quiet, calm, hardly any music to accompany a devastating story. Haneke handles the message, subject matter, and elderly actors with care.Delivers the best musical to hit screens since “Chicago” and manages to keep this larger than life musical intimate. I believe he had a true handle on the material and should be rewarded handsomely.A fine debut for this writer and delivers a story full of charm, smarts, and endurance. Jarecki brings the best out of Richard Gere, Nate Parker, and Susan Sarandon.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
The release.The raid on the compound.Opening scene.“I Dreamed a Dream”Ellen’s final confrontation of Robert.
RUNNERS UP:
Ben AffleckArgo Steven SpielbergLincoln Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a WallflowerWes AndersonMoonrise KingdomMalik BendjelloulSearching for Sugar Man
Bringing tension overseas. And going three-in-a-row on his directing bats.He’s back, delivering great stories with emotional filmmaking.It takes a lot to decide to write and direct the adaptation of your own book. Chbosky does it like a pro.Capturing the innocence of love and children.Music remained the star with Rodriguez as the God-like vehicle.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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BECAUSE:
As Pat Jr., Cooper keeps us right at the edge. The evolution of the character makes us unsure if we should be fearing him or feeling sorry for him. It’s Cooper’s finest work.As Lancaster Dodd, Hoffman changes up his intensity that he exemplifies in other works and makes a believer out of all of us. His best performance since “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”Talk about young talent, wiping the floor with any other actor that stands next to him. Lerman delivers the most honest portrayal of the bunch, never breaking face.Constructing a character from scratch is never an easy task. Phoenix orchestrates and runs Freddie Quell like a well-oiled machine. Thumbs forward, mouth crooked, simply marvelous.Georges is in love. Tringnant doesn’t let go of that focus for one second. His slow, fragile walks through the house to rush to his ailing Anne. Wonderful.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
“The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something even crazier. Thank you. I love you. I knew it from the moment I saw you. I’m sorry it took me so long to catch up.”“If we meet again, in the next life, you will be my sworn enemy and I will show you no mercy.”“Sam. I know I’m quiet… and, and I should speak more. But if you knew the things that were in my head most of the time, you’d know what I really meant. How, how much we’re alike and, and how we’ve been through things… and you’re not small. You’re beautiful. ““You’re the bravest girl I’ve ever met. Now stick it back in, it fell out. ““Things will go on as they have done up until now. They’ll go from bad to worse. Things will go on, and then one day it will all be over.”
RUNNERS UP:
Hugh JackmanLes MiserablesRichard Gere Arbitrage Daniel Day-LewisLincolnMatthias SchoenaertsRust & BoneJack BlackBernie
Jackman has never been more aware of his talents and his abilities as an actor.Puts all that charm and charisma that made us fall in love with him over 30 years to go to good use.Embodies the man but more importantly allows his surrounding players to accent his mannerisms and style.One of the great unsung heroes of the year. Tough to love but when you do, you REALLY do.It’s hard to believe Black pulled this out of himself. Flamboyant, classical, and even more impressing.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

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Jessica Chastain

Zero Dark Thirty

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Middle of Nowhere

Emmanuelle Riva

Amour

Naomi Watts

The Impossible

Michelle Williams

Take this Waltz

BECAUSE:
As Maya, Chastain taps into the female operative with effortless ease. She carries the entire film on her shoulders and a big component of the film’s success is thanks to what she accomplishes.What an authentic, raw, real performance. As Ruby, Corinealdi delivers one of the best performances of the year. What makes this citation even more impressive, is that I almost missed this film. Chalk this citation as a win for independent cinema.Talk about giving yourself to your craft. Riva bares more than her soul as Anne. As the through line for our tale of love and loss, Riva manages to not only break our hearts, but performs the role with such little dialogue. A tender turn.I can’t even imagine how Watts started to prepare for her role as the mother Maria. Watts digs deep and puts herself in the forefront of cinematic emotion. It’s her best performance to date.Margot is very unlikable. You can even argue she’s downright loathsome and represents many of the things I’ve hated about past relationships. Williams embraces her despite being completely aware of the rotten core.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
“Where do you want to go?”“I’m trying my best Ma.”“Help…Help…Help…Help…”“Thank you”“I’d like to see you there, on this date, at… 2PM. Eastern Standard time. August 5th, 2040, I’d like to kiss you. Until then, I’m married. But after 35 years of being faithful to my husband I think I’ll have earned one kiss from you.“
RUNNERS UP:

Nina Hoss

Barbara

Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom

Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Smashed

Julie Delpy

2 Days in New York

Subtle, profound, and not at all coy about being the sole guardian of this slow German film.Beautiful, talented, and makes Suzy feel authentic and like any other young teenager we’ve ever known.While many will throw her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” as her crowning work, her turn as Katniss had both fury and heart.As the alcoholic Kate, Winstead showed a glimpse of a promising actress that if given the opportunity can surprise us in more ways than one.Delpy seems to shine when she’s speaking her own words. I would have never thought in a million years that if teamed up with the great Chris Rock, these two could create magic.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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Garrett Hedlund

On the Road

Dwight Henry

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Michael Pena

End of Watch

Eddie Redmayne

Les Miserables

Sam Rockwell

Seven Psychopaths

BECAUSE:
As Dean Moriarty, Hedlund’s charisma and abilities as an actor overflows in the most special ways. Examining a character full of self-destruction wears on his soul in the most effective manner.Henry never stops. Wink brings the viewer on a narrative roller coaster of despair, love, and ending with probably the most tear-jerking and emotional goodbyes in years.Pena was the unsung hero of “Crash” almost 8 years ago. In this borderline (some will say clear) lead role, Pena taps into a contemporary wing-man role and not only brings drama but laughs and chuckles.I’d be lying if I said that I always believed in the power of Eddie Redmayne. As Marius, Redmayne’s voice talents are the star but what he achieves in “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is simply marvelous.For years, Rockwell has shown promise and consistency. As the eccentric Billy, Rockwell steals the spotlight from Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken delivering one of his best turns yet.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
Final scene. “I think of Dean Moriarty”“I’m your daddy and its my job to make sure you don’t die.”“She said can you live without her? And if the answer’s yes, man up and forget her. Don’t string her along. Think about it. I did.”“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”“You forgot about the flare gun you fuckin’ idiot!”
RUNNERS UP:

Nate Parker

Arbitrage

James Spader

Lincoln

Tom Wilkinson

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Christoph Waltz

Django Unchained

Irrfan Kahn

Life of Pi

Parker is Hollywood’s best kept secret holding his own against Richard Gere and Tim Roth beautifully.While Tommy Lee Jones is reaping the benefits of Lincoln’s supporting players, Spader manages laughs and scene stealing for just a few moments.Tom Wilkinson is the heart and soul of John Madden’s film. Why Wilkinson went unnoticed all season is beyond my comprehension.Waltz once again, steals a Tarantino film right from under him. Not as divine as Hans Landa, but Dr. King Schultz is just as invigorating. Where much of the cast and the screenwriter do their best, it’s Irrfan Kahn that maximizes on his role and gives his finest moments to date.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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Cloud Atlas

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Les Miserables

Kelly Reilly

Flight

Susan Sarandon

Arbitrage

Kerry Washington

Django Unchained

BECAUSE:
Whatever you think or loathe or love about Cloud Atlas, there is no denying Doona Bae not only steals the film but becomes one of the breakout stars of the year.As Fantine, Hathaway goes under a transformation of weight loss, deglam, and an impeccable singing voice. In 20 minutes of screen time, her spirit lives on in the film for the entire experience.Yes Denzel was incredible but Kelly Reilly utilizes her talents to make due with the unfinished character that writer John Latins created. She’s the crutch of the film for the audience rest on as we see the ugly of an alcoholic pilot.Like Laura Linney in Mystic River, Sarandon sprinkles her greatness all over Arbitrage and in the final moments, pounces on Richard Gere and the audience and gives her best work in years.There are many who have many problems with Broomhilda von Shaft as the character. I’m not rewarding the writing, I’m rewarding the bravery and expression Washington exhibits in her near mute role as Django’s wife.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
“Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”“I Dreamed a Dream”“Heroin addicts who use needles tend to die.”“Then you’re gonna need a warm coat.”“Because you’re scarin’ me.”
RUNNERS UP:

Helen Hunt

The Sessions

Ann Dowd

Compliance

Amy Adams

The Master

Kristen Stewart

On the Road

Shirley MacLaine

Bernie

Hunt bares more than her clothes, she bares her soul and makes an A-typical story feel simply original.Dowd lives in her role as Sandra. Sandra feels real, an everyday person, the Mom next door who thinks she’s a hero. That’s Dowd’s achievement.As Hoffman and Phoenix dance, Adams holds her own. She changes it up, gets dirty, and actually emerges as the driving force of this “different” type of movie.Stewart goes back to her roots, having that promise she made to us years ago in Into the Wild become utterly fulfilled. Congratulations Ms. Stewart, I’m very proud.Black hits his performance out of the park but much of it is because he has a great screen partner like Shirley MacLaine to bounce off of. At her young age, she’s still got it.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Jarecki

Arbitrage

David Ayer

End of Watch

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Moonrise Kingdom

Jean-Francois Laguionie, Anik Leray

The Painting (Le Tableau)

Mark Boal

Zero Dark Thirty

BECAUSE:
The film is smart, sleek, and expertly written like Jarecki was a pro.It’s the best cop movie in years. Even when it’s not about filming, it still feels original.Wes Anderson captures young childhood love so exquisitely.It’s the most profound and mature concept for an animated film in years.Talk about doing your research. Boal lays everything out for the whole world to see.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
“You are my partner! You Work for me! That’s right. You work for me! Everybody works for me!“Sometimes, I don’t even know when you’re kidding. I need to know when you’re kidding.”“I don’t know…I want go on adventures I think–not get stuck in one place. How about you?”“I’m going to find who painted you…”“When’s the last time you saw Bin Laden?”
RUNNERS UP:

Michael Haneke

Amour

Paul Thomas Anderson

The Master

John Latins

Flight

Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Ted

Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

He keeps the lovers real, in pain, and very relatable.Complex, layered, and authentic motivations and characters.Though not perfect, it’s the best character study of the year.MacFarlane continues to prove talent as he now starts his conquer on the cinematic world.The heartwarming story of the season most people forgot about.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

    

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Argo

Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth – BernieWilliam Nicholson – Les MiserablesTony KushnerLincolnStephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
BECAUSE:
Political thrillers are like puddy in my hand. Pure tension.Of all the aspects of Bernie, Linklater and Hollandsworth create dialogue that’s genuinely abstract.Song is words and these words are beautiful.Lincoln comes together in a special way because Kushner lets the story be the star.Teenagers of the 90s are sketched out eagerly and masterfully by the author of one of the best books ever.
SCENE THAT PROVES IT:
“This is the best bad plan we have, sir.”“Well, Bernie was so nice, so accommodating, so willing to keep from hurting other people’s feelings, he just couldn’t tell anybody to piss off.”“Red/Black”“It’s time for me to go. But I would rather stay.”“In this moment, we are infinite”
RUNNERS UP:

Jose Rivera

On the Road

John August

Frankenweenie

Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers

The Grey

Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ben Lewin

The Sessions

Perhaps the best interpretation we could get from one of the finest pieces of literature.A great homage to the monster genre.In the frigid cold, the story never feels like that. You are hooked, and feel the hot tension from our blood thirsty friends.Hushpuppy and Wink are two of my word idols of the year. They speak from the heart.Pleasant, sweet, and straight forward. The way a script and story should be.

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE
   
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BECAUSE:
Everyone is doing their job, showcasing not only great vocals but doing an outstanding job of being in the moment of the scene. Incredible.While Daniel Day-Lewis is reaping the benefits of Oscar, everyone around is just as worthy bringing heart and laughs.Kids, narrator, older adulterous parents coming together in a comedic brilliance.Playing up the “we don’t know how to write a movie,” brings these talents to their highest peaks.Anyone who has problems with the film can’t deny everyone showed up to work bringing the A-game.
RUNNERS UP:
Zero Dark ThirtyArgoThe Dark Knight RisesThe Best Exotic Marigold HotelThe Avengers
Jessica Chastain moves from character actor to character actor allowing all of them to shine in their own ways.While Affleck, Arkin, and Goodman received the goods, our actors playing the hostages round out this outstanding cast.Nolan assembled a great cast to end one of the best superhero trilogies of all-time.British royalty that manages laughs and to feel fresh, young, and innovative.They’re the freaking Avengers.  What’s more reason than that?
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
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Alex DiGerlando – Beasts of the Southern WildSimon Bowles – Hyde Park on HudsonEugenio Caballero – The ImpossibleEve Stewart– Les MiserablesRick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T. Frank– Lincoln
JUST LOOK AT:
The Bathtub.FDR’s house.The tsunami aftermath.The barricade.Lincoln’s chambers.
RUNNERS UP:
Anna KareninaMoonrise KingdomThe MasterCloud AtlasSnow White & the Huntsman
The stage.Suzy’s house.The department store that Freddy works.After the fall.The castle.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
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JUST LOOK AT:
The camp fire.“On my Own”The opening title sequenceLaying on the top of theship.The whole movie.
RUNNERS UP:
Zero Dark ThirtyThe ImpossibleSkyfallMiddle of NowhereThe Dark Knight Rises
The raid.Maria’s recollection at the end.Fighting silhouettes.In the court room when truth is revealed about indiscretions.Over taking the plane.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
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Jacqueline Durran – Anna KareninaDinah Collin – Hyde Park on HudsonPaco Delgado – Les MiserablesJoanna Johnston – LincolnColleen Atwood – Snow White & the Huntsman
JUST LOOK AT:
Anna’s dresses.Eleanor’s gown.Javert’s uniformMary Todd Lincoln’s evening wear.Anything that the Queen models.
RUNNERS UP:
The MasterDjango UnchainedCloud AtlasThe Hunger GamesThe Deep Blue Sea
Freddie’s store get up.Calvin’s dinner attire.Robert and Young Rufus.Effie’s dress at the reading of the names.Hester at the bar.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
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William Goldenberg – ArgoLee Smith – The Dark Knight RisesChris Dickens – Les MiserablesBilly McMillin – West of MemphisDylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg – Zero Dark Thirty
JUST LOOK AT:
Escape from the airportBatman vs. BaneRed/BlackRelease of the Memphis 3Writing on the window 100 days.
RUNNERS UP:
The PaintingArbitrageEnd of WatchFlightThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
Everyone finishing the paintingCar wreckAny scene driving in the car.Plane crash.Flashback to Aunt Helen.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
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Cloud AtlasThe Hunger GamesThe ImpossibleLes MiserablesLincoln
JUST LOOK AT:
Nurse NoakesEffie TrinketMariaJean ValjeanTeenagers of the 90s are sketched out eagerly and masterfully by the author of one of the best books ever.
RUNNERS UP:
The Cabin in the WoodsHyde Park on HudsonThe GreySnow White & the HuntsmanLooper
All the dead people.Franklin D. RooseveltOttwayRavennaJoe.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
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LISTEN TO:
The final battle.The Bat Plane.Every song sang.The train fight.The helicopter ride.
RUNNERS UP:
The ImpossibleThe PaintingFlightRise of the GuardiansLife of Pi
The tsunamiThe river of colors.The airplane crash.Jack Frost skating about.The whale rising.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
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The AvengersThe Dark Knight RisesFlightThe ImpossibleLife of Pi
JUST LOOK AT:
The Incredible Hulk.The final explosion.Plane crash.The tsunami.Richard Parker.
RUNNERS UP:
TedRise of the GuardiansCloud AtlasSnow White & the HuntsmanLooper
Ted.The ice track.Sonmi-351 trying to cross the bridge.The battle.Time traveling.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL SCORE
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Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tywker – Cloud AtlasDanny Elfman – FrankenweenieMychael Danna – Life of PiPascal Le Pennec – The PaintingAlexandre Desplat – Rise of the Guardians
LISTEN TO:
The Cloud Atlas Sextet for OrchestraThe funeral.I’m Ready NowEnd credits.Jamie believes.
RUNNERS UP:
Alexandre Desplat – Argo Fernando VelazquezThe ImpossibleHans Zimmer – The Dark Knight RisesJonny Greenwood – The MasterJeremy Sams– Hyde Park on Hudson
Cleared Iranian airspace.He looked so happy.The fire rises.Time holeA Special Relationship
BEST SONG FROM/USED IN A MOTION PICTURE
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Django Unchained – “Ancora Qui”Django Unchained – “Freedom”Django Unchained – “Who Did That to You?”Skyfall – “Skyfall”This Is 40 – “Dull Tool”
JUST BECAUSE:
Subtle and powerful.Anthony Hamilton can blow.John Legend is one of the great talents of our generation.Adele continues to take over the world.Fiona Apple has still got it.
RUNNERS UP:
Searching for Sugar Man – “A Most Disgusting Song”Frankenweenie – “Strange Love”Life of Pi – “Pi’s Lullaby” Django Unchained – “Django Theme”Flight – “Gimme Shelter”

Specialty categories to come.

  • Testing comments.

  • Glad to see Arbitrage getting recognition somewhere. I don’t think it will crack my top 10, but it is a good choice regardless.

  • Jack

    Interesting you have Hoffman as a lead actor. Nonetheless great choices!

  • brace

    glad to see Arbitrage, The Painting and End Of Watch (though among the runner-ups) on some list. I like most of your choices but I just can’t agree that Moonrise Kingdom is better than The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore.

  • Steve Glansberg

    Cool to see Hoffman in a lead actor slot. Also nice to see Jack Black get a mention.

  • Jonas A

    Really glad to see Matthias Schoenaerts get some recognition. I wonder if you’ve seen Bullhead last year?

    • It sucks that Cotillard reaped all the benefits because he was the best part of the film.

      • Jonas A

        It sucks that Cotillard reaped all the benefits because he was the best part of the film.

        Exactly my thoughts. Stupid that Cotillard will likely end up with a nomination and he won’t.. Although he probably would’ve never been able to get nominated even if he was better known in Hollywood, because this year’s male actors race is simply too strong… But overall it’s one of my favorite performances of the year and he sure is in my top 5 actor slots. Just as last year with Bullhead in which I believed he gave the best performance male performance of the year. He kind of reminded me of a young Robert de Niro (in Raging Bull) in that one.

  • Best Actor – That is Hugh Jackman and the scene that proves it – The opening look with all its vengeance towards Javert and “Who Am I” sung into the mirror and the death scene … almost too many to name. He blows all the other so called actors and that includes DDL out of the water.

  • Ronny

    So happy to see the love for Perks and especially Lerman. If it was any other year, he would be a serious contender for a nom

  • UBourgeois

    Aaaah, this only makes me more upset that I missed on Middle of Nowhere. Any idea how we plebians could see it now?

  • brace

    about Cotillard getting all the attention but Schoenaerts nothing: well, it’s the same with Riva and Trintignant. but that’s because of lack of strong female contenders from Hollywood movies. not just this year but every year – the best actor category is more crowded than actress because there are no good roles for women in Hollywood.

  • koook160 (Robert MacFarlane)

    Clay, I must admit, I’m more impressed by this batch of nominees than any others you’ve done. It’s so gloriously idiosyncratic. I can even forgive Les Mis with the great Lead Actor Line-up you have. Kudos.

  • Divya

    If Joaquin Phoenix does get nominated for Best Leading Actor next Thursday (and I’m fully counting on it), I completely expect Hugh Jackman to miss out. He may have given his best shot for portraying Jean Valjean, but it is by NO means, one of the five performances of the year for leading actors. Besides, I don’t think the Academy itself regards him to be a serious actor. As such, most of his ‘big’ achievements have been on stage, whereas on screen he is better known as a comic book superhero, and nothing more.

  • brace

    the best awards in the season so far !!!!!!

  • Nigel

    I whole-heartedly agree with Eddie’s inclusion in the Best Actor category…….He should at least have gotten a BAFTA.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Rachel Weisz in the Runners Up section. She’s also another one I was hoping to pop up at the BAFTAs.

    Otheriwse, solid list.

  • Kel D

    Interesting that you say that Arbitrage showcases Richard Gere as a great actor and you don’t even nominate him…