Recording Live From Somewhere’s Best In Film 2012

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Selected by Marko Orlic

The 85th Academy Awards did improve greatly over last year’s debacle.  Still, many of the year’s best films went unnoticed, and a number of deserving parties got the shaft.  Here’s who I would have honoured in a just world (bold indicates winner):

BEST PICTURE:

*Note – Click on film titles for trailers.

1. The Grey (Dir. Joe Carnahan)

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2. The Master (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

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3. Killing Them Softly (Dir. Andrew Dominik)

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4. West Of Memphis (Dir. Amy Berg)

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5. Looper (Dir. Rian Johnson)

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6. Not Fade Away (Dir. David Chase)

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7. Cloud Atlas (Dir. Lana Wachowsky, Andy Wachowsky & Tom Tykwer)

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8. Amour (Dir. Michael Haneke)

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9. Django Unchained (Dir. Quentin Tarantino)

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10. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Dir. Stephen Chbosky)

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Honourable Mentions:

11. Life Of Pi (Dir. Ang Lee)

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12. This Is 40 (Dir. Judd Apatow)

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13. Take This Waltz (Dir. Sarah Polley)

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14. Zero Dark Thirty (Dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

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15. Rust And Bone (Dir. Jacques Audiard)

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16. The Sessions (Dir. Ben Lewin)

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17. Moonrise Kingdom (Dir. Wes Anderson)

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18. Beasts of The Southern Wild (Dir. Benh Zeitlin)

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19. Prometheus (Dir. Ridley Scott)

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20. The Avengers (Dir. Joss Whedon)

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21. Tabu (Dir. Miguel Gomes)

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22. Lincoln (Dir. Steven Spielberg)

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23. Flight (Dir. Robert Zemeckis)

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24. Cosmopolis (Dir. David Cronenberg)

cosmopolis25. Holy Motors (Dir. Leos Carax)

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26. Argo (Dir. Ben Affleck)

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27. Project X (Dir. Nima Nourizadeh)

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28. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (Dir. David Gelb)

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29. The Raid (Dir. Gareth Evans)

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30. Wreck-It Ralph (Dir. Rich Moore)

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BEST DIRECTOR:

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Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master

Andrew Dominik – Killing Them Softly

Michael Haneke – Amour

Ang Lee – Life Of Pi

Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski & Tom Tykwer Cloud Atlas

Honourable Mentions: Joe Carnahan – The Grey & Rian Johnson – Looper

BEST ACTOR:

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Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Denis Lavant – Holy Motors

Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln

Matthias Schoenaerts – Rust And Bone

Jean-Louis Trintignant – Amour

Honourable Mentions: Denzel Washington – Flight, John Hawkes – The Sessions, Liam Neeson – The Grey & John Magaro – Not Fade Away

BEST ACTRESS:

emmanuellerivaEmmanuelle Riva – Amour

Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Marion Cotillard – Rust And Bone

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Honourable Mention: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

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Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

James Badge Dale – Flight

Paul Giamatti – Cosmopolis

Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained

Honourable Mentions: James Spader – Lincoln, Samuel L. Jackson & Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained, Ben Mendelsohn – Killing Them Softly, Mark Strong & Jason Clarke – Zero Dark Thirty, Dwight Henry – Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Ben Whishaw – Cloud Atlas & Jack Huston – Not Fade Away

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

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Amy Adams – The Master

Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Emily Blunt – Looper

Laura Soveral – Tabu

Doona Bae – Cloud Atlas

Honourable Mention: Melissa McCarthy – This Is 40

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

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Tony Kushner – Lincoln

Andrew Dominik – Killing Them Softly

Stephen Chbosky – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Ben Lewin – The Sessions

Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski & Tom Tykwer – Cloud Atlas

Honourable Mention: David Cronenberg – Cosmopolis

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

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Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master

Michael Haneke – Amour

Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom

Rian Johnson – Looper

Honourable Mentions: Judd Apatow – This Is 40 & Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

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Mihai Malaimare, Jr. – The Master

Roger Deakins – Skyfall

Robert Richardson – Django Unchained

Rui Pocas – Tabu

Greig Fraser – Killing Them Softly

Honourable Mentions: Eric Gautier – On The Road, Claudio Miranda – Life Of Pi & Dariusz Wolski – Prometheus

BEST SOUNDTRACK:
Not Fade Away

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Killing Them Softly

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Django Unchained

Honourable Mentions:

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Nathan Johnson – Looper

Jonny Greenwood – The Master

Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil & Johnny Klimek – Cloud Atlas

Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin – Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Dario Marianelli – Anna Karenina

Honourable Mention: Mychael Danna – Life Of Pi

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