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From the outside, it looked like Steven Spielberg’s political biopic would walk the Oscars, but canny campaigning saw Ben Affleck‘s Iran-hostage drama pip it at the post. Here’s how they did it

Argo and Lincoln

Head to head … Argo and Lincoln

Argo‘s yo-yo awards season ended on an upswing on Sunday as the Tehran yarn clinched the Big Kahuna of movie honours. Ben Affleck‘s third outing as director endured the proverbial rollercoaster ride over the past five months and the Warner Bros crowd will be partying late into the night after winning best picture. This was the first time since Driving Miss Daisy in 1989 that the prize had gone to a movie whose director had not been nominated for an Oscar.

  1. Argo
  2. Production year: 2012
  3. Country: USA
  4. Cert (UK): 15
  5. Runtime: 120 mins
  6. Directors: Ben Affleck
  7. Cast: Alan Arkin, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Denham, Clea DuVall, John Goodman, Kerry Bishe, Rory Cochrane, Scoot McNairy, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber
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The popular narrative of what has been an unusually high-calibre awards season is that Argo – the people’s favourite – snuck in at the eleventh hour to swipe the best picture prize from Lincoln. Not so. Argo never lost its high standing among voters and maintained its campaign momentum – albeit in a more nuanced manner in recent weeks – despite the mighty efforts of the publicity machine behind Steven Spielberg‘s august history lesson.

The campaign machine was chugging along nicely and then on 8 October, four days before Argo was due to open in US cinemas, Lincoln premiered at the New York film festival. Spielberg was about to throw a spanner in the works. Suddenly Argo was no longer the name on everyone’s lips. Lincoln was being hailed in some quarters as a masterpiece, perhaps Spielberg’s best since Schindler’s List. Hollywood lined up to kneel before the altar of Daniel Day-Lewis. An air of invincibility coalesced around Lincoln as the first awards groups prepared to announce their winners.

Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln was a match made in prestige movie heaven and the Anglo-Irish actor dominated his category, earning accolades from just about every awards group including the influential Screen Actors Guild, the largest voting block in the Academy. He duly won his third lead actor Oscar on Sunday and became the first man to do so. Spielberg did not make it on to the winners’ podium and, in a rare surprise on the night, had to watch as Ang Lee won best director for Life of Pi.

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By the start of the year Lincoln had garnered the most Golden Globe and Oscar nominations and was the perceived frontrunner. This suited the Argo camp, which wanted their contender to be the marginal underdog. At the Golden Globes in January, Lincoln suffered its first public reversal as Argo prevailed in the best dramatic picture contest and Affleck beat Spielberg in the directing category.

Two weeks later, over the course of one heady weekend, Argo delivered a one-two punch to land best picture at the Producers Guild of America and best ensemble cast at the Screen Actors Guild. On 3 February Affleck became only the third person to win the DGA award without an Oscar nomination. Two weeks later Chris Terrio won the WGA’s adapted screenplay honour. The votes for successive shows had already been cast. The late cascade of prizes may have seemed like people were suddenly championing Argo, but in reality the movie’s enduring pedigree never wavered and Hollywood had made up its mind.

 

After about six months of buzz, noise, gripes, campaigning, smearing and whatnot, the 85th Academy Awards are finally here. It’s been a long and eventful season and one of the most interesting in recent years if only because the winners weren’t locked up in advance like “The Artist” last year. In fact, it’s been one of the most up and down, surprising seasons in an age. “Argo” took the buzz early on in Telluride, “Silver Linings Playbook” took the baton after that in Toronto when it won the coveted Audience Award and then “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln” and “Life of Pi” entered the fray later in the fall and changed everything (remember when everyone thought “Les Misérables” would be the frontrunner after those reports of audiences crying and cheering?). But the “Argo” groundswell started to mount late in the game after director Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy during the nominations and the ground started moving under everyone’s feet again.

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Best Picture
“Amour”
WINNER: “Argo”
“Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Misérables”
“Life Of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Director
Michael Haneke – “Amour”
Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
WINNER: Ang Lee – “Life Of Pi”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Denzel Washington – “Flight”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Misérables”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
WINNER: Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
WINNER: Anne Hathaway – “Les Misérables”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Amy Adams “The Master”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke – “Amour”
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
John Gatins – “Flight”
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – “Moonrise Kingdom”
Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: Chris Terrio – “Argo”
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
David Magee – “Life of Pi”
Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: “Amour”
“Kon-Tiki”
“No”
“A Royal Affair”
“War Witch”

Best Animated Feature Film
WINNER: “Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
ParaNorman
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Original Song
“Before My Time” – “Chasing Ice”
“Pi’s Lullaby” – “Life of Pi”
“Suddenly” – “Les Miserables
“Skyfall” – “Skyfall”
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – “Ted”

Best Cinematography
WINNER: Claudio Miranda – “Life of Pi”
Seamus McGarvey – “Anna Karenina”
Robert Richardson – “Django Unchained”
Janusz Kaminski – “Lincoln”
Roger Deakins – “Skyfall”

Best Film Editing
WINNER: William Goldenberg – “Argo”
Tim Squyres – “Life of Pi”
Michael Kahn – Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers – “Silver Linings Playbook”
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – Zero Dark Thirty

Best Costume Design
WINNER: Jacqueline Durran – “Anna Karenina”
Paco Delgado – “Les Misérables”
Joanna Johnston – “Lincoln”
Eiko Ishioka – “Mirror Mirror”
Colleen Atwood – “Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary Feature
WINNER: “Searching For Sugar Man”
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How To Survive A Plague”
“The Invisible War”

Best Visual Effects
WINNER: “Life of Pi”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Best Production Design
WINNER:Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T Frank – “Lincoln”
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – “Anna Karenina”
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Eve Stewart – “Les Misérables”
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock – “Life of Pi”

Best Original Score
WINNER: Mychael Danna – “Life of Pi”
Dario Marianelli – “Anna Karenina”
Alexandre Desplat – “Argo”
John Williams – “Lincoln”
Thomas Newman – “Skyfall”

Best Make Up
WINNER: “Les Misérables”
“Hitchcock”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Best Sound Editing
WINNER: (TIE) “Skyfall” and “Zero Dark Thirty”
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”

Best Sound Mixing
WINNER: “Les Misérables”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall

Best Documentary Short Film
WINNER: “Inocente”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays At Racine”
“Open Heart”
“Redemption”

Best Animated Short
WINNER: “Paperman”
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head Over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson In the Longest Daycare”

Best Live-Action Short Film
WINNER: “Curfew”
“Asad”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Death of a Shadow”
“Henry”

There are essentially four possible narratives that could unfold.
1) “Argo” continues its general awards sweep.
2) The Weinsteins‘ campaigning pays off in spades, and “Silver Linings Playbook” sweeps.
3) “Lincoln” takes Best Picture, Director and Actor, being deemed the most “important” of the nominees.
4) Everyone’s been underestimating “Life Of Pi,” and it surprises with the top prize.
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1. “Inocente” 2. “Mondays At Racine” 3. “Open Heart” 4. “Redemption” 5. “Kings Point”
1. “Curfew” 2. “Death Of A Shadow’ 3. “Asad” 4. “Buzkashi Boys” 5. “Henry”
 
1. “Paperman 2. “Adam And Dog” 3. “Head Over Heels” 4. “Fresh Guacamole” 5. “The Longest Daycare”
1. “Skyfall” 2. “Life Of Pi” 3. “Argo” 4. “Zero Dark Thirty” 5. “Django Unchained
1. “Les Miserables 2. “Skyfall” 3. “Argo” 4. “Life Of PI” 5. “Lincoln”

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling

1. “Les Miserables”
3. “Hitchcock”
Best Visual Effects
1. “Life Of Pi”
2. “Marvel’s The Avengers”
3. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
4. “Promethus”
5. “Snow White and the Hunstman”
1. “Skyfall” from “Skyfall” – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
2. “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables” – Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boubil
3. “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” – J. Ralph 4. “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” – Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane 5. “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri
Best Original Score
1. “Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna
2. “Skyfall” – Thomas Newman
3. “Argo”  – Alexandre Desplat
4. “Lincoln” – John Williams
5. “Anna Karenina” – Dario Marianelli
Best Production Design

1. “Anna Karenina” – Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
2. “Life Of Pi” – David Gropman and Anna Pinnock
3. “The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey” – Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright
4. “Les Miserables” – Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson
5. “Lincoln” – Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Best Costume Design

1. “Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran
2. “Mirror Mirror” – Eiko Ishioka
3. “Snow White and the Huntsman” – Colleen Atwood
4. “Lincoln” – Joanna Johnston
5. “Les Miserables” – Paco Delgado

Best Film Editing

1. “Argo” – William Goldenberg
2. “Zero Dark Thirty” – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
3. “Life Of Pi” – Tim Squyres
4. “Lincoln” – Michael Kahn
5. “Silver Linings Playbook” – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers

Best Cinematography

1. “Life Of Pi” – Claudio Miranda
2. “Skyfall” – Roger Deakins
3. “Anna Karenina” – Seamus McGarvey
4. “Lincoln” – Janusz Kaminski
5. “Django Unchained” – Robert Richardson

Best Animated Feature

1. “Brave”
2. “Frankenweenie”
3. “Wreck-It Ralph”
4. “ParaNorman
5. “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”

Best Documentary – Feature

1. “Searching For Sugar Man”
2. “The Gatekeepers”
3. “How To Survive A Plague”
4. “5 Broken Cameras”
5. “The Invisible War”

Best Foreign Language Film

1. “Kon-Tiki”
2. “Amour”
3. “A Royal Affair”
4. “No”
5. “War Witch”

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
1. “Argo” – Chris Terrio
2. “Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell
3. “Lincoln” – Tony Kushner
4. “Life Of Pi” – David Magee
5. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Best Writing – Original Screenplay
1. “Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal
2. “Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
3. “Amour” – Michael Haneke
4. “Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
5. “Flight” – John Gatins
Best Supporting Actor
1. Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
2. Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
3. Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
5. Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Best Supporting Actress
1. Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
2. Sally Field – “Lincoln”
3. Amy Adams – “The Master”
4. Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
5. Jacki Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Actor
1. Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
2. Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
3. Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
4. Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
5. Denzel Washington – “Flight”
Best Actress 
1. Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
2. Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
3. Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
4. Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
5. Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Best Director
1. Ang Lee – “Life Of Pi”
2. Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
3. Michael Haneke – “Amour”
4. David O Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
5. Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Best Picture
1. “Argo”
2. “Silver Linings Playbook”
3. “Life Of Pi”
4 “Lincoln”
5. “Zero Dark Thirty”
6. “Amour”
7. “Les Miserables”
8. “Django Unchained”
9. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

 

 

 

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Tomorrow night’s BAFTA Awards are the last televised stop on the awards calendar before the Oscars, and in a year where several key races remain unsettled, they’ll be watched even more eagerly than usual by awards pundits. (Well, “followed” if not “watched” — I, for one, won’t have access to the live broadcast of the show, annually shown on a quaint tape-delay system that suggests the BBC hasn’t quite got to grips yet with a little thing called the internet. But I digress.)

Like the Academy, the BAFTA voters lavished attention on an apparent frontrunner, only to undermine it by eliminating it from the Best Director race. The difference, of course, is that the British and American groups dealt this backhand to different films. Where the Oscars left Ben Affleck (as a director, at least) out of the party, the Brits decided Steven Spieberg could afford to sit this one out, despite handing “Lincoln” a field-leading 10 nominations. This truly is the season of mixed signals, as Guy Lod wrote for hitfix.com

In any event, BAFTA embraced “Argo” wholeheartedly, shocking onlookers by adding a Best Actor nod for Ben Affleck (his first and only individual acting mention of the season.) Though “Life of Pi” — a genuine box office story in the UK — seemed to be surging around the time of the nominations, I’ve a feeling BAFTA will follow the lead of the Globes and the Guilds by crowning Affleck’s tidy Hollywood thriller. Still, if Ang Lee manages to sneak past Ben Affleck tomorrow night to win his third Best Director BAFTA, this very unusual race could get even harder to read. With nine nominations and impressive local box office, “Life of Pi” feels due more than just a technical award or two, and could even be a spoiler in the Best Film race too.

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The awards will be announced on Sunday 10 February at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry at the Royal Opera House, London.

Best Film

Argo – Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
Les Misérables – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi – Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
Lincoln – Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

Outstanding British Film

Anna Karenina – Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker
Les Misérables – Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer
Seven Psychopaths – Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin
Skyfall – Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Bart Layt (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer) – The Imposter
David Morris (Director), Jacqui Morris (Director/Producer) – McCullin Dexter Fletcher (Director/Writer), Danny King (Writer) – Wild Bill
James Bobin (Director) – The Muppets
Tina Gharavi (Director/Writer) – I Am Nasrine

Film Not in the English Language

Amour – Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Headhunters – Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn
The Hunt – Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann
Rust and Bone – Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
Untouchable – Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun

Documentary

The Imposter – Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
Marley – Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel
McCullin – David Morris, Jacqui Morris
Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
West of Memphis – Amy Berg

Animated Film

Brave – Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie – Tim Burton
Paranorman – Sam Fell, Chris Butler

Director

Amour – Michael Haneke
Argo – Ben Affleck
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
Life of Pi – Ang Lee
Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow

Original Screenplay

Amour – Michael Haneke
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Adapted Screenplay

Argo – Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi – David Magee
Lincoln – Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Leading Actor

Ben Affleck – Argo
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix –The Master

Leading Actress

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin – Argo
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Javier Bardem – Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Supporting Actress

Amy Adams – The Master
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Judi Dench – Skyfall
Sally Field – Lincoln

Original Music

Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
Skyfall – Thomas Newman

Cinematography

Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
Les Misérables – Danny Cohen
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall  – Roger Deakins

Editing

Argo – William Goldenberg
Django Unchained – Fred Raskin
Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
Skyfall – Stuart Baird
Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg

Production Design

Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Les Misérables – Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi – David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Lincoln – Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
Skyfall – Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock

Costume Design

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Great Expectations – Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston
Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood

Make-up and Hair

Anna Karenina – Ivana Primorac
Hitchcock – Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
Les Misérables – Lisa Westcott
Lincoln – Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou

Sound

Django Unchained – Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward
Les Misérables – Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst
Life of Pi – Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill
Skyfall – Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers

Special Visual Effects

The Dark Knight Rises – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer
Marvel Avengers Assemble – Nominees TBC
Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth

Short Animation

Here to Fall – Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath
I’m Fine Thanks – Eamonn O’Neill
The Making of Longbird – Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson

Short Film

The Curse – Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries
Good Night – Muriel d’Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir
Swimmer – Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
Tumult – Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews
The Voorman Problem – Mark Gill, Baldwin Li

The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
Juno Temple
Alicia Vikander

–taken from bfi.org.uk

Steven Spielberg has crafted a literate, heartfelt film about Abraham Lincoln’s second term in office and his battle to end slavery, with a masterful central performance

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Abraham Lincoln‘s second term, with its momentous choices, has been brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg as a fascinatingly theatrical contest of rhetoric and strategy. It is a nest of high politics for the white ruling class, far from the brutality and chaos of the battlefield. At its centre is a gaunt Shakespearian figure, somewhere between Caesar and Prospero.

Spielberg has made a moving and honourably high-minded film about this world-changing moment of American history, his best for many years: I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to see it, and to experience the pleasures of something acted with such intelligence and depth. There is admittedly sometimes a hint of hokum; how you react to the film may depend on how you take the opening sequence in which Lincoln, seated like the famous statue but with an easy smile, listens to two black soldiers telling him how they see the war – a slightly Sorkinian scene that ends with one reciting the Gettysburg address while walking away from the president. It is a flight of fancy, not strictly plausible, but very effective in establishing a mood music that swells progressively throughout the picture.

Lincoln exerted a grip on me; it is literate, cerebral, heartfelt, with some brilliantly managed moments and, of course, a unique central performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. He portrays Lincoln as a devastating master of charm and exquisite manners, skilled in imposing his authority with a genial anecdote, a man with the natural leader’s trick of making people want to please him. He speaks in an unexpectedly light, clear voice that is nonetheless shading off into the maundering monologue of an old man, exhausted by war and personal catastrophes.

Day-Lewis, like Olivier before him, is a master of the voice and the walk: it’s almost as if he has alchemised his body shape into something different: bowed, spindly and angular, gnarled as a tree, exotic and yet natural as his tall hat, often holding the straight right arm at the elbow with the left behind his back: the civilian equivalent of military bearing. His Lincoln is aware that his strength is ebbing; he is on the point of ossifying into a legend incapable of action. He is often seen in semidarkness, his face turned down in contemplation of possible, terrible defeat, or the certain terrible cost of victory: like the Shikler portrait of Kennedy.

His political capital, though great, is a deteriorating asset, and as the civil war grinds on, Lincoln begins his second term wishing to stake it all on rushing through a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery before defeating the South. To get it through the system, he must do business with truculent radical Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones), and at the same time entreat conservative Republican Preston Blair (Hal Holbrook) for his faction’s votes. Blair’s condition is that Lincoln must swallow his pride and accept, or appear to accept, some sort of secret, provisional peace mission from the rebels in Virginia, a risky gesture that the president must conceal from his trusted secretary of state, William Seward (David Strathairn). Dangerous evasions and compromises are made, but the rebels stay strong; they do not surrender as Lincoln hopes and the awful, unthinkable truth is that he may have to abandon his anti-slavery amendment as a sop to get them to talk peace, end the bloodshed and preserve the Union. Has he gambled and lost?

There are some heartstoppingly good setpieces. The moment in which Lincoln has to raise the flag outside a naval building, after a short, self-deprecating speech that he has written on a piece of paper – kept in his hat – is a superbly managed scene: modest, undramatic, gently comic. Sally Field is outstanding as Lincoln’s wife, nursing rage and hurt that almost boils over as she must bandy words at a White House reception with Stevens, whom she detests: Spielberg shows Abraham in the background, chatting diplomatically but then noticing how Mrs Lincoln is about to damage his chances with a key ally. Read more here http://bit.ly/10V5OOs

 

by peter bradshaw for guardian.co.uk

“Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Girls,” “Homeland” and “Game Change” are among the night’s big winners.

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Winners for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards are being announced live on NBC in a ceremony taking place at the Beverly HiltonTina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting.
The complete list of nominees and winners at the 2013 Golden Globes (winners’ names are in bold and denoted with an asterisk):

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
*Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Motion Picture, Drama
*Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director, Motion Picture
*Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

*Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
*Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
*Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Foreign Language Film
*Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France)
Kon-Tiki (Norway/U.K./Denmark)
Rust and Bone (France)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
*Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
*Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Episodes
*Girls
Modern Family
Smash

Best TV Series, Drama
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
*Homeland
The Newsroom

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

*Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields and McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

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Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series, Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
*Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
*Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
*Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
*Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Louis CK, Louie
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
*Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrleson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sienna Miller, The Girl
*Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
*Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie

Max Greenfield, New Girl
*Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Animated Film
*Brave
Frankenweenie
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture
Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)
Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
*Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Argo (Chris Terrio)

Best Score for a Motion Picture
*Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Argo (Alexandre Desplat)
Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)
Lincoln (John Williams)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“For You” – Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” – The Hunger Games
*”Skyfall” – Skyfall
“Suddenly” – Les Miserables

 

–source: hollywoodreporter.com

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Could it be that the Golden Globes actually have better taste than the Oscars? After all, Globe voters this year found room for critically lauded performances by Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”), Rachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”), John Hawkes (“The Sessions”) and Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”) that the Academy voters overlooked. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the group that picks the Globes) had the sense to nominate Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and credit the Globes’ unique practice of expanding the field by breaking out a separate Comedy/Musical category, as well as the idiosyncratic makeup of the HFPA (a small group of about 100 entertainment journalists, contrasted with the Academy’s 6,000 or so movie-industry professionals).

The result, however, is a slate that — this year, at least — matches up only roughly with the Oscar nominees list, making the predictive value of the Globes more dubious than usual. And vice versa; you can’t predict the Globes by guessing how the Academy would vote.

Still, judging by what the HFPA voters like — movies and performers with international appeal, classical Hollywood filmmaking, and familiar faces who’ll brighten their televised cocktail party — it’s not hard to guess which stars and movies will win when the trophies are handed out on Jan. 13. Here’s a cheat sheet for your home ballot.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

In the night’s most important race (since it’s the most predictive of Oscar’s Best Picture category), where the Academy gave us a wide-open race among nine worthy contenders, the HFPA gives us essentially a two-horse competition between “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty”; the rest will be also-rans. “Lincoln” has the edge as a piece of classical filmmaking from Hollywood’s biggest brand-name director, but “Zero Dark Thirty” seems to have most of the awards momentum this season and is likely to squeak past.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”)
Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock”)
Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Deep Blue Sea”)

Just because I praised the Globe voters above for recognizing several of these performances that Academy members passed over doesn’t mean I don’t think that in the end, the HFPA will still go for Chastain, the hot rising star of the past couple years. For the rest, it’s just an honor to be nominated, though out of all of these, Cotillard or Watts could manage an upset for playing women in umimaginably extreme circumstances.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”)
Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”)
John Hawkes (“The Sessions”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”)
Denzel Washington (“Flight”)

As with the actresses, Gere and Hawkes should be grateful just to have been invited. As much I’d love to see Phoenix win just to here what kind of gonzo acceptance speech the awards-averse actor would give, and tho i love more him more as Daniel Plainview but this race belongs to Day-Lewis, surely. Enough said.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Marigold” and “Yemen” are the kind of multinational comedies with older-audience appeal that hit the HFPA’s demographic sweet spot, and “Playbook” has buzz, but the smash “Les Mis” will take the category. Russel Crowe has a band, he’s the vocalist. Hugh Jackman i once saw him sang with Richard Marx. Anne Hathaway, oh boy, she’s not that bad at singing.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Emily Blunt (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”)
Judi Dench (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”)
Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Maggie Smith (“Quartet”)
Meryl Streep (“Hope Springs”)

Enough with Meryl Streep. I love Jen but Katniss Everdeen (who happens to be the only person in this category who also got an Oscar nod) is going to hit the bullseye on this target.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jack Black (“Bernie”)
Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”)
Ewan McGregor (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”)
Bill Murray (“Hyde Park on Hudson”)

It’s great that the HFPA are recognizing the Oscar-snubbed performances of Black, McGregor and Murray, but the race is between Cooper and Jackman. Cooper’s terrific in “Playbook,” but i will go with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth on this one Jackman’s titanic Jean Valjean in “Les Miz” is going to carry this one.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

It’s either “Frankenweenie” or “Brave”. Sorry Burton, but when it comes to Pixar i have to be brave on choosing “Brave”.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

I am wondering why HFPA snubbed Emmanuelle Riva. She’s my fave on Best Actress category on Oscar next February. Maybe “Amour” was categorized in Foreign Languange Film. I don’t know. But “Amour” it is. In the name of love.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Amy Adams (“The Master”)
Sally Field (“Lincoln”)
Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”)
Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”)
Nicole Kidman (“The Paperboy”)

You were good Mrs. Lincoln but no offense this prize belongs to the heart-rending Hathaway of “Les Mis.” She deserves it more.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Alan Arkin (“Argo”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”)
Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”)
Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”)

This may be the toughest Globe race to call. DiCaprio? Hmm.. Not now amigo.  Waltz? You’re not Hans Landa this time. Arkin? Nope. It’s two horse race between Hoffman and Jones. Hoffman’s best role was at “Capote”. So i’ll go with Tommy Lee Jones though i hate the wig.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Ben Affleck (“Argo”)
Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”)
Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”)

It’s really between Spielberg and Bigelow. It’s political thingy. “Lincoln” is not my fave Spielberg’s  movie. “Schindler’s List” or “Saving Private Ryan” attracted me more. But who has bigger role in America history? Abe or Osama? Yes i’ll go with Spielberg.

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
Tony Kushner (“Lincoln”)
David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”)
Chris Terrio (“Argo”)

Again, it’s a battle between “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lincoln.” Again i’ll go with Kusner’s “Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Mychael Danna (“Life of Pi”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Argo”)
Dario Marianelli (“Anna Karenina”)
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil (“Cloud Atlas”)
John Williams (“Lincoln”)

I’m a fan of Alexandre Desplat. But it’s not his year. It’s either John Williams or Mychael Danna. His scoring is my lullaby. Me easily get carried away. Eversince “The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus”, you have my vote Mr. Danna!

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“For You” from “Act of Valor” (Monty Powell, Keith Urban)
“Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys” (Jon Bon Jovi)
“Safe & Sound” from “The Hunger Games” (Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett)
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall” (Adele, Paul Epworth)
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables” (Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer)

In celebrating 50 years the James Bond franchise, well it’s not James Bond’s best song. Garbage and Carly Simon still top on my list. But  Adele still probably gets it, so “Skyfall” it is.

Well after all. It’s just a prediction. I may be wrong. But at least more than 30% of my predictions are gonna get along with HFPA. So place your bet before it’s too late.

— image from screencrush.com some words taken from moviefone.com

DFCS 2012 Awards – ‘Argo,’ Affleck in Winner’s Circle

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Director Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” the true story of six Americans who escape from Iran courtesy of a science fiction film scam, is the Denver Film Critics Society’s selection for 2012′s best film.

Affleck also earned honors for best direction in a film, a strong indicator “Argo” will be featured prominently when the Academy Award nominations are announced Thursday.

Best acting honors went to Daniel Day-Lewis for his stunning transformation into the 16th president in “Lincoln” and Jennifer Lawrence for her mature, exhilarating turn in “Silver Linings Playbook”

The complete list of DFCS winners:

  • Best Film: “Argo”
  • Best Achievement in Directing: Ben Affleck, “Argo”
  • Best Lead Performance by an Actor, Male: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
  • Best Lead Performance by an Actor, Female: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, Male: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
  • Best Supporting Performance by an Actor, Female: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
  • Best Animated Feature: “ParaNorman
  • Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Best Documentary Feature: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
  • Best Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele (“Skyfall”)
  • Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer, “The Dark Knight Rises
  • Best Non-English Language Feature: “Amour”

The Denver Film Critics Society, featuring movie critics from the greater Denver region, selected “The Tree of Life” as 2011′s Best Film.

 

— taken from denverfilmcritics.org image from sheknows.com

2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

Below, we collect every year-end Top Ten list published by major film critics and publications. This page will be updated throughout December and January whenever new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best movies of 2012

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Below is our updated running tally of the films most frequently mentioned by individual critics on their year-end Top Ten lists. Note that if a critic ranks more than the standard 10 films, we will not include films ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each film will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd – 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
Movie # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Zero Dark Thirty 15 7 31 90
2 The Master 14 3 28 76
3 Moonrise Kingdom 6 2 32 54
4 Lincoln 5 9 17 50
5 Holy Motors 6 6 17 47
6 Amour 5 3 25 46
7 Argo 1 4 22 33
8 Beasts of the Southern Wild 0 2 27 31
9 This Is Not a Film 3 1 12 23
Silver Linings Playbook 0 1 21 23
11 Django Unchained 0 4 14 22
12 Looper 1 0 13 16
13 Life of Pi 1 1 9 14
14 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 0 0 13 13
The Deep Blue Sea 0 0 13 13
16 The Dark Knight Rises 1 0 9 12
The Avengers 2 0 6 12
18 The Loneliest Planet 0 2 7 11
Magic Mike 0 1 9 11
20 The Grey 1 0 7 10
Bernie 1 1 5 10
Skyfall 0 0 10 10

Individual critic top ten lists

Below are the individual top ten lists published by the film critics regularly included in Metacritic’s score calculations, as well as a few extra lists from additional prominent film sources. Some critics merely list ten films without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Artforum J Hoberman
  1. Werner Schroeter retrospective at MOMA
  2. (tie) Almayer’s Folly
  3. (tie) Tabu
  4. Il Cinema Ritrovato XVI (annual festival in Bologna)
  5. Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art (Whitney Museum exhibition)
  6. Lonesome
  7. Beyond the Hills
  8. Leviathan
  9. The Master
  10. (tie) Moonrise Kingdom
  11. (tie) Beasts of the Southern Wild
  12. Clint Eastwood on YouTube
Artforum Amy Taubin
  1. Cosmopolis
  2. The Gatekeepers
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Mobile Homestead trilogy
  5. Amour
  6. Memories Look at Me
  7. Our Children
  8. Almayer’s Folly
  9. Araf-Somewhere in Between
  10. The Unspeakable Act
Associated Press Jake Coyle View article
  1. Amour
  2. The Master
  3. Margaret
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Not Fade Away
  6. Lincoln
  7. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
  8. The Dust Bowl
  9. Holy Motors
  10. Premium Rush
Associated Press David Germain View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Life of Pi
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Argo
  5. Searching for Sugar Man
  6. Rust and Bone
  7. The Master
  8. Lincoln
  9. West of Memphis
  10. Looper
Associated Press Christy Lemire View article
  1. Argo
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Skyfall
  4. Holy Motors
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. The Master
  7. The Imposter
  8. Moonrise Kingdom
  9. Oslo, August 31st
  10. This Is Not a Film
The Atlantic Richard Lawson View article
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • Looper
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Your Sister’s Sister
  • Zero Dark Thirty
The Atlantic Christopher Orr View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. The Avengers
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. The Master
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. (tie) The Cabin in the Woods
  9. (tie) Seven Psychopaths
  10. Amour
  11. Frankenweenie
A.V. Club Sam Adams View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
  3. Middle of Nowhere
  4. Magic Mike
  5. Killer Joe
  6. Amour
  7. The Deep Blue Sea
  8. Wuthering Heights
  9. Barbara
  10. The Master
A.V. Club Mike D’Angelo View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. The Imposter
  3. The Loneliest Planet
  4. Miss Bala
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Amour
  7. The Deep Blue Sea
  8. Only the Young
  9. Looper
  10. This Must Be the Place
A.V. Club Noel Murray View article
  1. The Master
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Damsels in Distress
  5. Holy Motors
  6. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
  7. Photographic Memory
  8. Looper
  9. The Queen of Versailles
  10. The Deep Blue Sea
A.V. Club Keith Phipps View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. The Master
  4. Wuthering Heights
  5. Amour
  6. The Kid with a Bike
  7. The Deep Blue Sea
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. The Loneliest Planet
  10. Holy Motors
A.V. Club Nathan Rabin View article
  1. The Master
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Bernie
  4. Searching for Sugar Man
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. The Queen of Versailles
  7. Only the Young
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Killer Joe
  10. Boy
A.V. Club Tasha Robinson View article
  1. The Avengers
  2. Wreck-It Ralph
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Chasing Ice
  5. I Wish
  6. Where Do We Go Now?
  7. The Master
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. The Secret World Of Arrietty
  10. The Cabin in the Woods
A.V. Club Scott Tobias View article
  1. The Master
  2. The Turin Horse
  3. The Deep Blue Sea
  4. Holy Motors
  5. The Loneliest Planet
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  8. Zero Dark Thirty
  9. The Comedy
  10. Amour
A.V. Club Alison Willmore View article
  1. This Is Not a Film
  2. The Loneliest Planet
  3. The Master
  4. Lincoln
  5. Rust and Bone
  6. Holy Motors
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. The Cabin in the Woods
  10. Dark Horse
Christian Science Monitor Peter Rainer View article
  1. The Master
  2. This Is Not a Film
  3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  4. Sister
  5. Photographic Memory
  6. The Secret World Of Arrietty
  7. Holy Motors
  8. The Gatekeepers
  9. The Invisible War
  10. Bernie
Contra Costa Times Randy Myers View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Argo
  3. The Master
  4. Amour
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Looper
  9. The Grey
  10. In the Family
Empire View article
  1. The Avengers
  2. Argo
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. Skyfall
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Sightseers
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. The Raid: Redemption
  9. Headhunters
  10. Rust and Bone
Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman View article
  1. Lincoln
  2. Amour
  3. Silver Linings Playbook
  4. Room 237
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Killing Them Softly
  8. Argo
  9. Flight
  10. Bernie
Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. The Master
  4. Amour
  5. Argo
  6. The Gatekeepers
  7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  8. Skyfall
  9. The Loneliest Planet
  10. How to Survive a Plague
The Globe and Mail Rick Groen View article
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Holy Motors
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
The Globe and Mail Liam Lacey View article
  • Alps
  • Amour
  • China Heavyweight
  • The Master
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Stories We Tell
Grantland Zach Baron View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Silver Linings Playbook
  3. The Master
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Argo
  7. Magic Mike
  8. Moonrise Kingdom
  9. Damsels in Distress
  10. Lincoln
The Guardian Peter Bradshaw View article
  1. The Master
  2. Ted
  3. Amour
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Holy Motors
  6. This Is Not a Film
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  9. Argo
  10. The Queen of Versailles
HitFix/Awards Campaign Gregory Ellwood View article
  1. The Impossible
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Holy Motors
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Keep the Lights On
  7. Argo
  8. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. Skyfall
HitFix/In Contention Kristopher Tapley View article
  1. The Grey
  2. Moonrise Kingdom
  3. Looper
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Amour
  6. Lincoln
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. Argo
  9. The Queen of Versailles
  10. The Master
HitFix/Motion Captured Drew McWeeny View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Django Unchained
  3. The Act of Killing
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Looper
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. This Is 40
Huffington Post Staff consensus View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Argo
  5. Django Unchained
  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Skyfall
  9. Les Miserables
  10. Looper
Indiewire Eric Kohn View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. The Master
  4. This Is Not a Film
  5. Amour
  6. Your Sister’s Sister
  7. Tabu
  8. The Loneliest Planet
  9. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  10. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Intelligent Life Tom Shone View article
  1. Amour
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Silver Linings Playbook
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Lincoln
  6. The Grey
  7. Life of Pi
  8. Flight
  9. Magic Mike
  10. Django Unchained
Keyframe (Fandor) Kevin B. Lee View article
  1. This Is Not a Film
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Let the Bullets Fly
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Consuming Spirits
  6. Neighboring Sounds
  7. In the Family
  8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  9. The Deep Blue Sea
  10. (tie) The Day He Arrives
  11. (tie) A Simple Life
Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey View article
  1. Life of Pi
  2. (tie) Django Unchained
  3. (tie) Lincoln
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Argo
  6. (tie) Beasts of the Southern Wild
  7. (tie) Moonrise Kingdom
  8. Skyfall
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Detropia
  11. The Impossible
  12. Frankenweenie
Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan View article
  1. Amour
  • Remaining movies ordered alphabetically:
  • Argo
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Footnote
  • The Gatekeepers
  • The Law in These Parts
  • Lincoln
  • Middle of Nowhere
  • Robot & Frank
  • Rust and Bone
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Movies.com David Ehrlich View article
  1. Holy Motors
  2. Like Someone in Love
  3. Amour
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Django Unchained
  6. The Master
  7. Something in the Air
  8. The Comedy
  9. Anna Karenina
  10. Girl Walk // All Day
MSN Movies Sean Axmaker View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Holy Motors
  3. Moonrise Kingdom
  4. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  5. The Master
  6. Amour
  7. Deep Blue Sea
  8. Barbara
  9. Life of Pi
  10. This Is Not a Film
MSN Movies Richard Jameson View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Lincoln
  3. Django Unchained
  4. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  5. The Turin Horse
  6. Silver Linings Playbook
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. The Sessions
  9. Cosmopolis
  10. The Deep Blue Sea
MSN Movies Don Kaye View article
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  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Compliance
  7. Kill List
  8. Ruby Sparks
  9. Amour
  10. The Avengers
MSN Movies Glenn Kenny View article
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  3. Moonrise Kingdom
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  5. The Kid with a Bike
  6. Cosmopolis
  7. Lincoln
  8. Looper
  9. Holy Motors
  10. This Is Not a Film
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  8. Return
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  10. Les Miserables
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  4. Amour
  5. Holy Motors
  6. Django Unchained
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. The Deep Blue Sea
  10. Cosmopolis
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  4. Argo
  5. Teddy Bear
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  7. Keep the Lights On
  8. The Queen of Versailles
  9. The Cabin in the Woods
  10. Kill List
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  6. The Raven
  7. Snow White and the Huntsman
  8. The Secret World Of Arrietty
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. The Expendables 2
MSN Movies James Rocchi View article
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  3. Rust and Bone
  4. Django Unchained
  5. How to Survive a Plague
  6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  7. Take This Waltz
  8. Compliance
  9. Kill List
  10. Safety Not Guaranteed
MTV MTV News staff View article
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  3. Looper
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. The Avengers
  6. Skyfall
  7. The Cabin in the Woods
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  10. The Hunger Games
New York Post Lou Lumenick View article
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  2. Argo
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. The Sessions
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. Amour
  8. Looper
  9. Frankenweenie
  10. Bernie
New York Post Kyle Smith View article
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  2. Magic Mike
  3. The Impossible
  4. Argo
  5. Zero Dark Thirty
  6. Ted
  7. Flight
  8. 21 Jump Street
  9. Pitch Perfect
  10. The Dark Knight Rises
The New York Times Manohla Dargis View article
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  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • The Gatekeepers
  • Holy Motors
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
The New York Times Stephen Holden View article
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  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Argo
  6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  7. Elena
  8. How to Survive a Plague
  9. The Invisible War
  10. The Sessions
The New York Times A.O. Scott View article
  1. Amour
  2. Lincoln
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Footnote
  5. The Master
  6. Zero Dark Thirty
  7. Django Unchained
  8. Goodbye, First Love
  9. Neighboring Sounds
  10. The Grey
The New Yorker Richard Brody View article
  1. (tie) Holy Motors
  2. (tie) Moonrise Kingdom
  3. The Master
  4. (tie) Oki’s Movie
  5. (tie) This Is Not a Film
  • Remaining movies ordered alphabetically:
  • The Color Wheel
  • Damsels in Distress
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Fake It So Real
  • Magic Mike
  • Red Hook Summer
  • Tabu
  • This Is 40
  • To Rome with Love
  • We Have a Pope
The New Yorker David Denby View article
  1. (tie) Lincoln
  2. (tie) Zero Dark Thirty
  • Remaining movies ordered alphabetically:
  • Arbitrage
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Central Park Five
  • Detropia
  • The Gatekeepers
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • This Is 40
Newsday Rafer Guzmán View article
  1. The Master
  2. The Queen of Versailles
  3. Flight
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  6. Magic Mike
  7. The Cabin in the Woods
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Anna Karenina
  10. Argo
The Observer Philip French View article
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Holy Motors
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Life of Pi
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • This Is Not a Film
The Oregonian Marc Mohan View article
  1. The Master
  2. Cloud Atlas
  3. The House I Live In
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Compliance
  6. The Grey
  7. Argo
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. Chronicle
The Oregonian Mike Russell View article
  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. The Master
  3. Kill List
  4. Cloud Atlas
  5. (tie) The Avengers
  6. (tie) The Cabin in the Woods
  7. Damsels in Distress
  8. Looper
  9. 21 Jump Street
  10. Skyfall
  11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Rolling Stone Peter Travers
  1. The Master
  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  4. Lincoln
  5. Argo
  6. Silver Linings Playbook
  7. Les Miserables
  8. Life of Pi
  9. Moonrise Kingdom
  10. The Dark Knight Rises
Slant Staff consensus View article
  1. This Is Not a Film
  2. Holy Motors
  3. The Deep Blue Sea
  4. The Kid with a Bike
  5. The Master
  6. Tabu
  7. Oslo, August 31st
  8. Zero Dark Thirty
  9. The Turin Horse
  10. Moonrise Kingdom
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  1. Amour
  2. How to Survive a Plague
  3. Lincoln
  4. The Master
  5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  6. The Queen of Versailles
  7. Silver Linings Playbook
  8. Take This Waltz
  9. The Turin Horse
  10. Zero Dark Thirty
Time Richard Corliss View article
  1. Amour
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Anna Karenina
  5. The Dark Knight Rises
  6. Zero Dark Thirty
  7. Dark Horse
  8. Dragon
  9. Frankenweenie
  10. The Invisible War
Time Mary Pols View article
  1. Zero Dark Thirty
  2. Amour
  3. Lincoln
  4. Life of Pi
  5. The Master
  6. Argo
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  8. Sister
  9. Starlet
  10. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Time Out New York David Fear View article
  1. The Master
  2. Compliance
  3. Bestiaire
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Magic Mike
  6. Lincoln
  7. The Raid: Redemption
  8. Amour
  9. Keep the Lights On
  10. Wuthering Heights
Time Out New York Joshua Rothkopf View article
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  2. Zero Dark Thirty
  3. How to Survive a Plague
  4. Lincoln
  5. Keep the Lights On
  6. Elena
  7. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
  8. The Imposter
  9. Silver Linings Playbook
  10. Django Unchained
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  3. Domaine
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  5. Killer Joe
  6. This Is Not a Film
  7. Girl Walk//All Day
  8. Damsels in Distress
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. Cosmopolis
Total Film View article
  1. The Master
  2. The Imposter
  3. The Cabin in the Woods
  4. The Raid: Redemption
  5. Shame
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. Argo
  8. The Avengers
  9. Looper
  10. Skyfall
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  3. Holy Motors
  4. Dark Horse
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  6. Moonrise Kingdom
  7. Detention
  8. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
  9. Samsara
  10. Keep the Lights On
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  7. Neighboring Sounds
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  8. The Dark Knight Rises
  9. Holy Motors
  10. This Is 40
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  8. The Comedy
  9. Sister
  10. Magic Mike
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  4. Attenberg
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  8. Anna Karenina
  9. Chronicle
  10. Django Unchained
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“Homeland” and “The Big Bang Theory” top the list of TV winners.

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David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook was the big winner at the 17th annual Satellite Awards, which were held this evening at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Presented by the International Press Academy, which includes the European Critics Association, the ceremony saw Playbook take home five awards, including best motion picture. Russell was named best director and the movie’s stars Bradley Cooper andJennifer Lawrence were hailed as best actor and actress, respectively. The film also picked up a trophy for editing by Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers.

On the television side, Homeland and The Big Bang Theory claimed three awards each, including best drama series and best comedy series respectively.

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Anne Hathaway received the best supporting actress award for Les Miserables, which also was awarded prizes for best song, “Suddenly,” and best sound. The best supporting actor award went to Javier Bardem for Skyfall.

The award for best international film resulted in a tie, with France’s The Intouchables and South Korea’s Pieta sharing in the honors. Rise of the Guardians was named best animated film, and Chasing Ice, best documentary.

Mark Boal received the award for best original screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty, whileDavid Magee received the award for best adapted screenplay for Life of Pi.

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Other film winners included: Alexandre DesplatArgo, score; Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi, cinematography; Michael LantieriKevin BaillieRyan TudhopeJim Gibbs,Flight, visual effects; Rick CarterCurt BeechDavid CrankLeslie McDonald, art direction & production design, LincolnManon Rasmussen, costume design, A Royal Affair.

The television winners were:

Hatfields & McCoys, miniseries/motion picture made for television.

Julianne MooreGame Change, actress in a miniseries/motion picture made for tv.

Benedict CumberbatchSherlock, actor in a miniseries/motion picture made for TV.

Maggie SmithDownton Abbey, supporting actress in a miniseries/motion picture made for TV.

Neal McDonoughJustified, supporting actor in a miniseries/motion picture made for TV.

Homeland, drama.

Walking Dead, genre.

Claire DanesHomeland, actress, drama.

Damian LewisHomeland, actor, drama.

The Big Bang Theory, comedy.

Kaley CuocoThe Big Bang Theory, actress, comedy.

Johnny GaleckiThe Big Bang Theory, actor, comedy.

Special Achievement Awards were given to:

Terence Stamp, outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.

Walter Murch, Nikola Tesla Award.

Paul Williams, Auteur Award.

Bruce Davison, Honorary Satellite Award.

Quvenzhane WallisBeasts of the Southern Wild, Newcomer Award

Benh ZeitlinBeasts of the Southern Wild, Humanitarian Award.

Les Miserables, best ensemble, motion picture.

Walking Dead, best ensemble, television.

 

(by by Gregg Kilday for hollywoodreporter.com)

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