The hits keep on coming! Now that we’ve got Best Picture out of the way, it’s time to get into the acting nominees for 2012, starting with the lead performances. It was an interesting year for film – probably one of the weakest since 2005, in fact – yet a somewhat weak overall year can make for a more exciting lineup in some of these categories. Plum roles that would’ve gone easily unnoticed in years with plentiful bombast get their due. Here are my choices for Best Lead Actor and Actress.
Sure, the Oscars have announced their nominees, but what of the LCT Awards (est. 1995), my own personal choices in the world of film, television and music? Well, to be honest, these nods were announced a few weeks ago… but via the blog, not so much! So, I give you the 2012 entrants on my best-of list, starting with the first few film categories on my roster.
Sometimes there are movies that you’ve been waiting years to see. Based on a book that I cherished when reading, once I heard Perks was at last being adapted into a film, I held onto skepticism to the bitter end. I just didn’t think the casting was right, and I didn’t see how a movie would be able to capture the unique nuance within an atypical high school story. Oh, how wrong I was. Thanks to some careful work from its young stars and a faithful adaptation from the author himself (not to mention his own directing debut), The Perks of Being a Wallflower easily landed itself on the “best of” list and thankfully caught the attentions of many viewers who didn’t necessarily come of age around the time of the book’s release – the true mark of a teen fiction adaptation done right.
Can’t say I’m not diverse in my choices, I suppose. A strong central performance can do an awful lot to bolster a film’s overall estimation. And with excellent pacing and an able director, Zero Dark Thirty outdid its helmer’s predecessor by injecting a degree of tension unmatched in any of the year’s blockbuster action movies. Chastain is a revelation as the central amalgamation, Maya, and her female co-stars, large parts and small, make for commanding screen presences in what is pigeonholed as a “masculine” genre. Not to say that the men, namely Jason Clarke, don’t have a great deal of authority over the material. It’s an all-around success in what could’ve been a retread. A gamble, to be sure, but with a big payoff in the form of a masterful, suspenseful, and satisfyingly uneasy premise.
Yes, promises have been made, broken, made again, broken again even more quickly… and yet, I simply can’t stay away. The film blogosphere is too wonderful and too attractive a mistress to shake. So I’m embarking once more, hopefully for a longer-term future, on Journalistic Skepticism. It’s been far too long, and I need a fix. So blogging, I have returned to you with every intention of sticking around this time… for the kids. But where did we leave off? It’s been many months since my last post, and the Oscar nominations have come and gone. So perhaps a fresh start in 2013 is just the ticket! Here’s what you may be seeing on ye olde blog if you stick around – Valerie is begging you to!
*Madly In Advance Oscar predictions for all the major 2013 races – I’m know clairvoyant, to be sure, as evidenced by my attempt last year that yielded many nominations for The Great Gatsby and Gravity… second time’s a charm?
*2013 reviews – it’s a slow start to the year, but a write-up of the McCarthy/Bateman vehicle Identity Thief is coming your way.
*Continuations of old favorites will ensue – perhaps an addition or two to the Merylfest series (see right-hand column) and some resolution to my top 100 films revamp (see left-hand column).
*And boldly going where this blog hasn’t gone before – Music; namely, an all-time top 100 songs countdown, for whatever that’s worth, entertainment-wise.