The Cinematic Critique End of Year Awards 2012: Part 1

As another terrific year of film comes to a close, it is my privilege to present Part 1 of my End of Year awards. Having been to the cinema more than thirty times, I can safely say there’s been plenty of unforgettable films to look back on and it’s amazing to think how quickly these last twelve months have gone.

Once again, 2012 in cinema has been dominated by various different genres with the mega blockbusters standing out most. The muppets returned to our screens, the great Marvel superheroes banded together to defeat evil, Spider-Man was reborn, Batman came to a fitting conclusion, Jason Bourne was replaced by another, the Expendables added Bruce and Arnie to their team, James Bond came back with a bang and the return of Hobbits and wizards took centre stage in the first prequel to Lord of the Rings.

The other highlights of the year included a silent film triumphing at the Oscars as well as fascinating characters such as a sex-obsessed man, Margaret Thatcher, a courageous horse, a group of clay-motion pirates, a female archer, an un-PC middle-eastern general, an even more un-PC talking teddy, a mentally dysfunctional couple and best of all, Jessica Chastain getting naked! Welcome to Film 2012….
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BEST FILM QUOTE

THE DICTATOR

General Aladeen: Is this a boy or an abortion? Oh it’s a girl. I’m so sorry. Where’s the trashcan?

OTHER CONTENDERS

ARGO
Lester Siegel: “Argo, fuck yourself!”

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Bane
: “Ah, yes… I was wondering what would break first…Your spirit, or your body?”

THE EXPENDABLES 2
Lee Christmas: “I now pronounce you….man and knife!”

THE EXPENDABLES 2
Trench: “I’ll be back.
Church: You’ve been back enough. I’ll be back.
Trench: Yippee-ki-yay.”

TED
Ted: “There. Proof. Garfield’s eye look like a pair of tits.”

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BEST SCENE OF THE YEAR 

OPENING AIRPLANE HIJACK – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • THE AVENGERS – TRACKING SHOT OF AVENGERS FIGHTING
  • THE EXPENDABLES 2 – AIRPORT SHOOTOUT
  • THE MUPPETS – LIFE’S A HAPPY SONG MUSICAL NUMBER
  • SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – PAT AND TIFFANY’S DANCE
  • SKYFALL – SILVA’S ENTRANCE
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BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

THE AVENGERS (Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow)

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Juno Temple, Aiden Gillan, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy)
  • THE EXPENDABLES 2 (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Nan Yu, Liam Hemsworth, Chuck Norris)
  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Sylvester McCoy, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis)
  • SKYFALL (Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney)
  • SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Shea Wigham, John Ortiz, Julia Stiles)
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BEST HERO(ES!)

THE AVENGERS (ROBERT DOWNEY JR, CHRIS EVANS, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, MARK RUFFALO, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER) in THE AVENGERS

OTHER CONTENDERS
  • PETER PARKER/SPIDERMAN (ANDREW GARFIELD) – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
  • BRUCE WAYNE/BATMAN (CHRISTIAN BALE) – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • JOHN BLAKE (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT) – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • EVERDEEN KATNISS (JENNIFER LAWRENCE) – THE HUNGER GAMES
  • JAMES BOND (DANIEL CRAIG) – SKYFALL
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BEST VILLAIN 

BANE (TOM HARDY) in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

OTHER CONTENDERS 
  • LOKI (TOM HIDDLESTON) – THE AVENGERS
  • CHARLIE RAKES (GUY PEARCE) – LAWLESS
  • BORIS (JERMAINE CLEMENT) – MEN IN BLACK 3
  • TEX RICHMAN (CHRIS COOPER) – THE MUPPETS
  • RAOUL SILVA (JAVIER BARDEM) – SKYFALL
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BEST NEWCOMER 

JEAN DUJARDIN – THE ARTIST

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • DANE DEHAAN – LAWLESS
  • LIAM HEMSWORTH – THE EXPENDABLES 2/THE HUNGER GAMES
  • BERENICE MARLOHE – SKYFALL
  • QUVENZHANE WALLIS – BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
  • SHAILENE WOODLEY – THE DESCENDENTS

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 BEST CAMEO/LIMITED ROLE

JOHNNY DEPP in 21 JUMP STREET

OTHER CONTENDERS
  • SAM J. JONES – TED
  • CHRISTOPHER LEE – THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • LIAM NEESON – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • CHUCK NORRIS – THE EXPENDABLES 2
  • GARY OLDMAN – LAWLESS

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 BEST MUSICAL SCORE

HANZ ZIMMER – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • LUDOVIC BOURCE – THE ARTIST
  • JONNY GREENWOOD – THE MASTER
  • THOMAS NEWMAN – SKYFALL
  • HOWARD SHORE – THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • JOHN WILLIAMS – WAR HORSE
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 BEST SONG

LIFE’S A HAPPY SONG – THE MUPPETS

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • THE SONG OF THE LONELY MOUNTAIN – THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • LET’S TALK ABOUT ME – THE MUPPETS
  • MAN OR MUPPET – THE MUPPETS
  • PICTURES IN MY HEAD – THE MUPPETS
  • SKYFALL – SKYFALL
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BEST ART DIRECTION

 THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

OTHER CONTENDERS
  • THE ARTIST
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • LAWLESS
  • THE MASTER
  • WAR HORSE
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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 SKYFALL

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • THE MASTER
  • WAR HORSE
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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

 LAWLESS

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • ARGO
  • THE ARTIST
  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • THE MASTER
  • WAR HORSE
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BEST MAKEUP

THE IRON LADY

OTHER CONTENDERS
  • ARGO
  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • LAWLESS
  • LOOPER
  • MEN IN BLACK 3
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BEST EDITING

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES


OTHER CONTENDERS
  • ARGO
  • THE ARTIST
  • LOOPER
  • SHAME
  • SKYFALL
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BEST SOUND

SKYFALL

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • THE AVENGERS
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • THE EXPENDABLES 2
  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • WAR HORSE
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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

THE AVENGERS

 OTHER CONTENDERS
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
  • BATTLESHIP
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
  • SKYFALL
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Well that’s my busy first part of the awards over! Part Two, which consists of my favourites screenplays, performances AND Top Ten of the year will be coming to a Facebook/Twitter page near you!

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