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2012: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

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

10. Beasts of the Southern Wild (dir: Benh Zeitlin) 

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): 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), Killer Joe (dir: William Friedkin), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan), ParaNorman (dir: Chris Butler and Sam Fell), and Wuthering Heights (dir: Andrea Arnold)


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

US Distributor: Focus Features

Wes Anderson leads Kara Hayward and the scouts on the set of Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson leads Kara Hayward and the scouts on the set of Moonrise Kingdom

Best Director:
1. Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
2. Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
3. Leos Carax, Holy Motors
4. David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis
5. 
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master


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


Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant in Leos Carax's Holy Motors

Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant in Leos Carax's Holy Motors

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


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


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, Nichole Galicia, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, James Remar, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington

Best First Feature: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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

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