Tuesday, 1 January 2013

32nd Shadows Awards: Best of 2012

Here are my top 10 films of 2012, as well as my favourites in the main categories. Full top-10 lists in each category, and rather an awful lot more, are on the site...

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2012:
  1. Life of Pi (Ang Lee)
  2. Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard)
  3. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
  4. Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow)
  5. Amour (Michael Haneke)
  6. Chronicle (Josh Trank)
  7. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
  8. The House I Live In (Eugene Jarecki)
  9. Sightseers (Ben Wheatley)
  10. Pitch Perfect (Jason Moore)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain (Rust and Bone)

Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games)

Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)

Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables)

Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)

ENSEMBLE: Pitch Perfect

BREAKOUT FILMMAKER: Bart Layton (The Imposter)

BREAKOUT ACTOR: Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Lawless)

MUSIC: The Master (Jonny Greenwood)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Life of Pi (Cloudio Miranda)

EDITING: Argo (William Goldenberg)

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Berberian Sound Studio (Jennifer Kernke)

EFFECTS: Life of Pi

STUNTS: Haywire

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OK, so arriving back home with eight hours of jet lag on New Year's Eve is great if you want to stay up late, but it's not going to help me get back in the correct time zone very quickly. Especially since I have hours (if not days) of work ahead to get caught up after a few weeks away. On the flight home, I was able to revisit Pitch Perfect, cementing its place in my top 10 of the year (it's just as funny and clever the second time round). And ahead of me this coming week is a teetering stack of DVD screeners to catch up with. My first actual press screening will be the indie horror film Midnight Son on Friday, with Ryan Gosling's Gangster Squad, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand and the film doc Side by Side following soon behind.

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