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AFI Film Fest 2012: Favorites of the Festival

Hello there, Awards Circuit readers! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the coverage of the 2012 AFI Film Festival, brought to you by myself, Nicole Melkonian and Tiff Chai. Sadly, the festival has come to an end, but not to worry – there is indeed a silver lining (no pun intended). Below, you will find each of our personal selections as to what is the very best of the best of AFI Film Fest 2012, with one reveal possibly indicative of how next year’s Oscar® ceremony will go down. Without further ado, here are the AFI Fest Staff Awards in above-the-line categories…

Joseph Braverman

Best Film: The Impossible
Runner-Up: Skyfall

Best Director: Xavier Dolan, Laurence Anyways

Best Actor: Tom Holland, The Impossible

Best Actress: Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways

Best Supporting Actor: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, A Royal Affair

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln

Best Screenplay: Xavier Dolan, Laurence Anyways

Best Foreign Language Film: Laurence Anyways (Canada)

Nicole Melkonian

Best Film: Silver Linings Playbook
Runner-Up: Kon-Tiki

Best Director: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign Language Film: Kon-Tiki (Norway)

*Note: Nicole saw both performances of the two actresses deemed front runners in the “Best Actress” category (Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard), and ended up choosing Lawrence’s work as the one that more greatly affected her. Is this an indicator of how The Academy will vote?

Tiff Chai

Best Film: Rise of the Guardians
Runner-Up: The Central Park Five

Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Actor: Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi

Best Actress: Min-Soo Jo, Pieta

Best Supporting Actor: Billy Connelly, Quartet

Best Supporting Actress: Pauline Collins, Quartet

Best Screenplay: David Magee, Life of Pi

Best Foreign Language Film: Pieta (South Korea)

Many of our favorites could very well wind up being major contenders at next year’s Oscar® ceremony, so please be on the lookout for them when they hit your local theater! On behalf of the Los Angeles team, it was a privilege to attend the festival and cover it for The Awards Circuit readership. We look forward to doing it all over again next year!

What do you think?

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Written by Joseph Braverman

My name is Joseph Braverman. I am 31 years old and a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media. I love watching and analyzing films and television shows. I live in Los Angeles, CA, enmeshing myself in the movie industry scene in any way possible. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @JBAwardsCircuit.

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