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best of 2012: the original scores

And this is where we leave it. Time to stop living in the past, I suppose, and move on to a bright new 2013. This is the last, and one of my personal favorite, category to recap for my best of 2012 series. For such a bum year in a lot of respects, there were plentiful innovative and wonderful scores to be had, and here are my tops:
1. Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Jonny Greenwood, The Master

3. Heather McIntosh, Compliance

4. Michael Giacchino, John Carter

5. Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina

6. Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas

7. Jon Brion, ParaNorman

8. Marc Streitenfeld, Prometheus

9. Henry Jackman, Wreck-It Ralph

10. Fernando Velazquez, The Impossible
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best of 2012: the adapted screenplays

The other side of the writing spectrum is up next. Here’s to the adapters! We’ll venture over to music next, and then the best of 2012/LCT film awards celebration will be closed.
1. Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

3. Leslye Headland, Bachelorette

4. David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

5. Chris Terrio, Argo

6. Tony Kushner, Lincoln

7. Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

8. Zak Penn & Joss Whedon, The Avengers

9. John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Skyfall

10. Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill, 21 Jump Street

best of 2012: the original screenplays

We’re getting closer to the end, folks. I’ll be wrapping up my best films of 2012 features with the writing and score categories. And let’s be real – these are often the most fun to discuss merits-wise, as well as the most impressive in many cases. Here are the originals:

1. Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods

2. Craig Zobel, Compliance

3. Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

4. Rian Johnson, Looper

5. Robbie Pickering, Natural Selection

6. Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse Forever

7. Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

8. Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

9. Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

10. Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths

best of 2012: the supporting actors

Rounding out the acting categories, here’s the last of the best movie performances of the year. A little bit of Oscar pedigree on display here, but alas, not all the choices they made from the respective films were the right ones…

1. Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

2. Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

3. Michael Fassbender, Prometheus

4. Garret Hedlund, On the Road

5. Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild

6. Ben Whishaw, Cloud Atlas

7. Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained

8. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

9. Javier Bardem, Skyfall

10. Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty

best of 2012: the supporting actresses

The saga continues. It was a dry season for supporting actresses this year, but it made for a fun group of ladies to call upon for a top 10. Sure, Lead Actor had a much more competitive field, but these ladies were the gems of their respective movies.

1. Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect

2. Jennifer Ehle, Zero Dark Thirty

3. Amy Adams, The Master

4. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

5. Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

6. Sally Field, Lincoln

7. Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises

8. Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

9. Lucy Liu, Detachment

10. Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games

best of 2012: the lead actors

The top 10s continue, now with my favorite lead actor performances of 2012. And thanks to a year with a little bit of everything, quality-wise, this list ended up being a fun genre-spanning grouping. Here goes:

1. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

2. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

3. Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

4. John Hawkes, The Sessions

5. Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths

6. Martin Freeman, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

7. Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust & Bone

8. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

9. Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Looper

best of 2012: the lead actresses

It’s nearly April, so I suppose it’s high time I attempt to wrap all this 2012 madness up!  Let’s continue the top 10s (thought my movies list capped off at 25) with the lead actress performances of the year:

1. Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Ann Dowd, Compliance

3. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

4. Rachael Harris, Natural Selection

5. Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

6. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

7. Elizabeth Olsen, Liberal Arts

8. Aubrey Plaza, Safety Not Guaranteed

9. Isla Fisher, Bachelorette

10. Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers