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2012: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

1.  Moonrise Kingdom (dir: Wes Anderson)
2. The Master (dir: Paul Thomas Anderson)
3. 
Zero Dark Thirty (dir: Kathryn Bigelow)
4. Cosmopolis (dir: David Cronenberg)
5.
  Holy Motors (dir: Leos Carax)
6.
  Oslo, August 31 (dir: Joachim Trier)
7.  The Kid with a Bike (dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
8.  Tabu (dir: Miguel Gomes)
9. Starlet (dir: Sean Baker)

10. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Beasts of a Southern Wild (dir: Benh Zeitlin), Berberian Sound Studio (dir: Peter Strickland), Byzantium (dir: Neil Jordan), The Deep Blue Sea (dir: Terence Davies), Django Unchained (dir: Quentin Tarantino), The Five-Year Engagement (dir: Nicholas Stoller), How to Survive a Plague (dir: David France), It's Such a Beautiful Day (dir: Don Hertzfeld), Killer Joe (dir: William Friedkin), ParaNorman (dir: Chris Butler), and Wuthering Heights (dir: Andrea Arnold)


Best Film of the Year: Moonrise Kingdom
Director: Wes Anderson Producers: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin

US Distributor: Focus Features


Paul Thomas Anderson directs Joaquin Phoenix on the set of The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson directs Joaquin Phoenix on the set of The Master

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Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master

Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master

Best Actor:
1. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
2. Anders Danielsen Lie, Oslo, August 31
3. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
4. Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
5. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln


Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress:
1. Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
2. Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
3. Dree Hemingway, Starlet
4. Juno Temple, Killer Joe
5. Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of a Southern Wild


Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
2. Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
3. Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
4. Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom
5. 
Paul Giamatti, Cosmopolis


Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis

Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis


 Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

 Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, and Bruce Willis in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

Best Original Screenplay:
1. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
2. The Five-Year Engagement — Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
3. Django Unchained — Quentin Tarantino

4. ParaNorman – Chris Butler
5. Starlet — Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch


Anderson Danielsen Lie in Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31

Anderson Danielsen Lie in Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Oslo, August 31 – Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt
2. Wuthering Heights – Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed

3. Argo – Chris Terio
4. Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
5. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies


Gemma Arterton in Neil Jordan's Byzantium

Gemma Arterton in Neil Jordan's Byzantium

Best Cinematography:
1. Byzantium — Sean Bobbitt
2. The Master – Mihai Malaimare, Jr.
3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Gokhan Tiryaki
4. Holy Motors — Caroline Champetier

5. The Grey – Masanobu Takayangi


Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master

Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master

Best Original Score:
1. The Master Johnny Greenwood
2. Berberian Sound Studio – Broadcast
3. Haywire 
– David Holmes
4. Looper – Nathan Johnson
5. ParaNorman – Jon Brion


Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty

Best Film Editing:
1. Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor
2. Argo – William Goldenberg
3. Magic Mike – Steven Soderbergh
4. Moonrise Kingdom – Andrew Weisblum
5. Tabu – Telmo Churro and Miguel Gomes


Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina

Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina

Best Production Design:
1. Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
2. Beasts of the Southern Wild – Alex DiGerlando and Erin Staub
3. Moonrise Kingdom 
– Adam Stockhausen and Kris Moran
4. Cloud Atlas – Hugh Bateup, Uli Hanisch, Rebecca Alleway and Peter Walpole
5. Django Unchained – J. Michael Riva and Leslie Pope


Violet Guinness, Isabella Guinness, Kara Hayward and Ada-Nicole Sanger in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

Violet Guinness, Isabella Guinness, Kara Hayward and Ada-Nicole Sanger in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

Best Costume Design:
1. Moonrise Kingdom — Kasia Walicka-Maimone
2. Anna Karenina — Jacqueline Durran
3. Cloud Atlas — Kym Barrett and Pierre Yves Gayraud
4. 
Holy Motors — Anaïs Romand
5. Lincoln — Joanna Johnston

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Jackie Siegel in Lauren Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles

Jackie Siegel in Lauren Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles

Best Documentary Feature:
1. The Queen of Versailles — Lauren Greenfield

2. How to Survive a Plague — David France
3. Tchoupitoulas — Tunner Ross and Bill Ross
4. A Band Called Death — Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett
5. Searching for Sugar Man — Malik Bendjelloul


Don Hertzfeld's It's Such a Beautiful Day

Don Hertzfeld's It's Such a Beautiful Day

Best Animated Feature:
1. It's Such a Beautiful Day — Don Hertzfeld
2. ParaNorman — Chris Butler and Sam Fell
3. Wreck-It Ralph — Rich Moore


Best Ensemble Cast: Django Unchained
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild 

Best Ensemble Cast (dir: Quentin Tarantino; in alphabetical order): Dennis Christopher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ato Essandoh, Jamie Foxx (pictured), Nichole Galicia, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, James Remar, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington (pictured)

Best First Feature: Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry (pictured) in Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild


the year-end project:
2017, 2016201520142013, 2012 (Moonrise Kingdom)...
2011, 2010200920082007200620052004200320022001

200019991998199719961995199419931992, 199119901989
1988198719861985198419831982198119801975-791970-741965-69
1960-641955-591950-541940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index