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JASON'S BEST: If I Voted For The Oscars 2012 (Return to Jason's Best Main Page)


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Here's the detailed list of my Oscar choices for 2012, if I were allowed to vote -- my choice for the winner is in bold -- in addition, I have also included a few additional categories worth mentioning...


Zero Dark Thirty, The Best Film of 2012

BEST PICTURE
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Lincoln
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Richard Gere in Arbitrage
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
Denzel Washington in Flight

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts in The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem in Skyfall
Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Ann Dowd in Compliance
Sally Field in Lincoln
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Helen Hunt in The Sessions
Kelly Reilly in Flight

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck for Argo
Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master
Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Arbitrage
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
The Master
The Trouble with the Truth

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat for Argo
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Heather McIntosh for Compliance
James Newton Howard for The Hunger Games
Johnny Greenwood for The Master
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, & Reinhold Heil for Cloud Atlas
Thomas Newman for Skyfall
Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight Rises
Alexandre Desplat for Zero Dark Thirty

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
"Breath of Life" from Snow White and the Huntsman (Performed by Florence + The Machine)
"This Gift" from The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Performed by Glen Hansard featuring Marketa Irglova & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus)
"Learn Me Right" from Brave (Performed by Birdy with Mumford and Sons)
"Never Had" from 10 Years (Performed by Oscar Isaac)
"Not Running Anymore" from Stand Up Guys (Performed by Jon Bon Jovi)
"Skyfall" from Skyfall (Performed by Adele)
"Song of the Lonely Mountain" from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Performed by Neil Finn)
"Voodoo" from Halloween Party (Performed by XX Bottom featuring Donna Britton and Forest Miller)
"When Can I See You Again?" from Wreck-It Ralph (Performed by Owl City)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cloud Atlas
Lincoln
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST FILM EDITING
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
Lincoln
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
Cloud Atlas
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Life of Pi
Django Unchained

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Mirror Mirror
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Django Unchained

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Cloud Atlas
Lincoln
Hitchcock

BEST SOUND MIXING
Cloud Atlas
The Impossible
Skyfall
The Dark Knight Rises
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SOUND EDITING
Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained
Skyfall
The Dark Knight Rises
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi
The Dark Knight Rises
The Avengers
Prometheus

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained
Lincoln
Argo
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Brave
Frankenweenie
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST SCENE OR SEQUENCE IN A 2012 MOTION PICTURE
Katniss and Peeta riding into the arena on a chariot with flames coming out of their backs in The Hunger Games
Denzel Washington placing one small bottle of vodka from the mini bar in front of him, tempted by it, walking away, as the camera closes in, and his hand quickly takes it in Flight
Noomi Rapace's self-administered surgery to remove the alien growing inside her in Prometheus
Abraham Lincoln alone in the White House hearing the bells ring and looking out the window when the 13th Amendment is passed in Lincoln
Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) standing outside the theater while Psycho screens, conducting the screams of the audience in Hitchcock
Anne Hathaway's powerful performance as Fantine singing "I Dreamed a Dream" in one single take in Les Miserables
Hilarious sequence of the Ku Klux Klan arguing over not being able to see through the holes in their masks in Django Unchained

BEST FILM QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"Argo Fuck Yourself" from Argo
"There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive, if you join them you and your entire family will be shunned. At best you will exist at pariah to be spat at and beaten, at worse to be lynched or crucified. And for what, for what, no matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean. What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?" from Cloud Atlas
"I see that I’m a little piece of a big big universe and that makes things right" from Beasts of the Southern Wild
"I'm the motherfucker who found this place!" from Zero Dark Thirty
"Imagination and reality have little in common" from Amour
"Nothing happens unless first we dream" from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
"I count six shots, nigger. I count two guns, nigger." from Django Unchained
"True lovers are one soul that is separated when it’s born. Those two halves will always yearn to find their way back together" from Upside Down
"Old age is clearly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter." from Arbitrage
"I know these will become old stories someday and our pictures will become old photographs and we’ll all become somebody’s Mom or Dad, but right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening and I’m here." from The Perks of Being a Wallflower

BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained
The Hunger Games
Skyfall
Snow White and the Huntsman

BEST MOVIE POSTER
Django Unchained
Looper
Moonrise Kingdom
The Dark Knight Rises
Savages

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM/DOCUMENTARY
Compliance (directed by Craig Zobel)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (directed by Benh Zeitlin)
The Trouble With The Truth (directed by Jim Hemphill)

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM
Ordinary Man (directed by Mike Yebba)
Returning Home (directed by Jason Honeycutt)
Paperman (Disney)