My favourite films of 2012.

by Sunglassesman_1 | created - 02 Jan 2013 | updated - 02 Jan 2013 | Public

As much as I enjoy the spirit of the academy awards, in recent years I have found myself disagreeing with some of the choices they have made. So in addition to my annual list I have decided to nominate my own awards. Once I have seen Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty I will officially award the films. I should note that I really don't take myself or these awards that seriously. This just seemed like a fun idea.

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1. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

7.1
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86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 118,593 | Gross: $16.38M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson -Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare Jr. -Best Editing: Leslie Jones & Peter McNulty -Best Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson -Best Score: Johnny Greenwood -Best Actor/Leading: Joaquin Phoenix -Best Actor/Supporting: Phillip Seymour Hoffman -Best Actress/Supporting: Amy Adams

2. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 266,851 | Gross: $45.51M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Director: Wes Anderson -Best Cinematography: Robert D. Yeoman -Best Editing: Andrew Weisblum -Best Screenplay: Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola -Best Score: Alexandre Desplat -Best Actor/Leading: Jared Gilman -Best Actress/Leading: Kara Hayward

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 74,584 | Gross: $12.80M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Director: Benh Zeitlin -Best Cinematography: Ben Richardson -Best Screenplay: Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin -Best Score: Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin -Best Actress/Leading: Quvenzhané Wallis -Best Actor/Supporting: Dwight Henry

4. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

8.4
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81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,095,935 | Gross: $162.81M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Director: Quentin Tarantino -Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson -Best Editing: Fred Raskin -Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino -Best Actor/Leading: Jamie Foxx -Best Actor/Supporting: Christoph Waltz -Best Actor/Supporting: Leonardo DiCaprio -Best Actor/Supporting: Samuel L. Jackson

5. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 492,611 | Gross: $124.99M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Visual Effects -Best Screenplay: David Magee

6. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 469,559 | Gross: $66.49M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Director: Rian Johnson -Best Cinematography: Steve Yedlin -Best Editing: Bob Ducsay -Best Screenplay: Rian Johnson -Best Actor/Leading: Joeseph Gordon-Levitt -Best Actress/Supporting: Emily Blunt

7. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 107,557 | Gross: $4.01M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Director: Colin Trevorrow -Best Screenplay: Derek Connolly -Best Actress/Leading: Aubrey Plaza

8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,276,991 | Gross: $448.14M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister -Best Actor/Supporting: Tom Hardy -Best Actress/Supporting: Anne Hathaway -Best Visual Effects

9. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 491,759 | Gross: $262.03M

Nominations: -Best Screenplay: James Vanderbilt & Steve Kloves & Alvin Sargent -Best Visual Effects -Best Actress/Supporting: Emma Stone

10. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.8
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81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 563,003 | Gross: $304.36M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Director: Sam Mendes -Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins -Best Editing: Stuart Baird -Best Actor/Leading: Daniel Craig -Best Actor/Supporting: Javier Bardem

11. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.9
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58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 688,094 | Gross: $303.00M

Nominations: -Best Actor/Leading: Martin Freeman

12. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 584,651 | Gross: $132.09M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Editing: Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers -Best Screenplay: David O'Russel -Best Actress/Leading: Jennifer Lawrence

13. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 309,261 | Gross: $27.11M

Nominations: -Best Editing: Alexander Berner -Best Score: Reinhold Heil & Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer

14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 394,180 | Gross: $17.74M

Nominations: -Best Picture -Best Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky -Best Actor/Leading: Logan Lerman -Best Actress/Leading: Emma Watson

15. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 205,047 | Gross: $15.02M

Nominations: -Best Screenplay: Martin Mcdonagh -Best Actor/Supporting: Christopher Walken