Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Winners

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Though Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln led the nominations, Zero Dark Thirty seems to be dominating pretty much everything at present.

Daniel Day-Lewis may have taken Best Actor, but Bigelow and Chastain are looking to be a formidable force in regards to Best Picture, Director and Actress.

WAFCA showered more love on Anne Hathaway and Philip Seymour Hoffman, with Les Miserables beating a lot of stiff competition to Best Ensemble and the brilliant ParaNorman taking the spotlight off Disney momentarily.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

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2012 AFI Movies Of The Year

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The American Film Institute give their two cents when it comes to the best films of the year. But this list is only for American movies, remember.

At present, only four of these are on my list (find it here – sorry, Nolan), but I’ve yet to see five of them, so we’ll see how that changes.

US/UK release dates aside, the list is far from exciting and holds the main Oscar frontrunners alongside indie darlings Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom which are undoubtedly guaranteed nominations in some form or another. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Looper, hey?

Check out the AFI’s top ten (in alphabetical order) below: Continue reading

2012 British Independent Film Award Winners

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Just when it looked like Berberian Sound Studio and all involved might sweep the boards at the BIFAs, Rufus Norris’ directorial debut, Broken, messed it all up by winning the prize for Best British Independent Film. It also prevented Domhnall Gleeson from picking up Best Supporting Actor for Shadow Dancer – but my mad love for the Irish actor won’t stop me admitting how irritatingly talented Rory Kinnear is.

Talking of mad love, Olivia Colman walked away with her head held high for the second year running with a win for her portrayal of the Queen Mother in Hyde Park On Hudson. Will BAFTA actually take note this year? Who knows.

The Imposter – Oscar-shortlisted, don’t you know – took home Best Debut Director alongside its Best Documentary win. Can’t have them all, Rufus.

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2012 New York Film Critics Online Winners

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So it’s looking pretty fun to be Kathryn Bigelow right about now.

Currently on a bit of a roll, it’s difficult not to sense a pattern forming – albeit a very early one – but things are certainly looking good for the director.

Day-Lewis, Riva, Jones and Hathaway are further cementing their chances of an Oscar nomination and Quvenzhane Wallis’ streak of Best Actress and Best Breakthrough wins can’t be harming her campaign, either.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

2012 Boston Society Of Film Critics Winners

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Hello, Ezra Miller.

Definitely a more than welcome addition to this relatively straightforward batch of winners, I personally feel he was robbed of Award attention for 2011’s We Need To Talk About Kevin – the ever vigilant BIFA nominated him, however.

Though his nomination here is certain to keep the race unchanged, and though it would also be nice to see the fearless Logan Lerman receive some recognition, this is the only real talking point from Boston’s Oscar-ready candidates.

If you want to remain relatively unsurprised, check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

2012 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners

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I don’t know if I ever truly buy into the whole ‘runner-up’ business, as it forms a bit of a backhanded compliment. But if we’re to read into them, The Master appears to reign supreme what with its wins for Phoenix, Adams, Anderson and ‘prize’ of runner-up to Haneke’s Amour in the Best Picture category.

Elsewhere, Beasts Of The Southern Wild keeps afloat with wins for Best Supporting Actor, Score and the LAFCA’s ‘New Generation’ accolade for Zeitlin. Oh, and congratulations to William Goldenberg for managing to beat himself to the prize for Best Editing. Impressive.

Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

What I’m Watching – December 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dir: Peter Jackson, 2012) ***

Nativity (Dir: Debbie Isitt, 2009) ***

Life Of Pi (Dir: Ang Lee, 2012) *****