Best and Worst Films of 2012

Best Picture

TIE, The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan and Holy Motors, Leo Carax

Rounding out the Ten Best Films of 2012:

  1. Amour, Michael Haneke
  2. Lincoln, Steven Spielberg
  3. The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson
  4. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  5. How to Survive a Plague, David France
  6. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
  7. Django Unchained, Quentin Taratino
  8. Tabu, Miguel Gomes

Best Actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis in LINCOLN


  1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
  2. John Hawkes, The Sessions
  3. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour
  4. Denzel Washington, Flight
  5. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Marion Cotillard in RUST AND BONE


  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor

Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild



  • Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Dowd, Compliance



  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Juno Temple, Killer Joe
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
  • Gina Gershon, Killer Joe

Director: Leo Carax, Holy Motors


  • Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Biggest Disappointment



Most Overrated Films of the Year


  • Argo, Ben Affleck
  • Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
  • Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow
  • Keep the lights On, Ira Sachs
  • Not Fade Away, David Chase

Worst Picture


Rounding out the ten worst pictures of 2012 are:

  1. 2016: Obama’s America
  2. The Words
  3. Anna Karenina
  4. Red Tails
  5. Cloud Atlas
  6. October Baby
  7. This Means War
  8. Alex Cross
  9. Rock of Ages

Worst Actor: Tyler Perry, Alex Cross

Worst Actress: Katherine Heigl, One for the Money

Worst Supporting Actor: Russell Crowe, Les Miserables

Worst Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Worst Director: Joe Wright, Anna Kareninia

Kevin Costner Award for Distinguished Career in Mediocrity: Adam Sandler


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