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Mark Kermode Mark Kermode | 09:40 UK time, Friday, 9 November 2012

It's the season when the nominations start rolling in for the BIFAs and The BAFTAs and The Golden Globes and The Oscars. But I've got my very own awards to hand out - which films do you think should feature in The Kermodes this year?

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  • Comment number 1.

    I must say, as a film fan I was eagerly anticipating 2012. There was so much to look forward to... Prometheus, Skyfall, The Hobbit, the conclusion of The Dark Knight trilogy.

    Yet, I have to say, I've been left quite unsatisfied. The Hobbit we haven't seen yet but Skyfall was quite lacklustre, Prometheus was flat out awful and even The Dark Knight Rises wasn't quite on the money (a first for Christopher Nolan).

    Seeing as all the mega-blockbusters were less than brilliant I think this could be a landmark year where the Oscars actually might get it right by having to concentrate on the lower budget fair of Martha Marcy May Marlene, Michael and so on.

  • Comment number 2.

    I'll give it time to think of all my choices but for me the best foreign film has to be "The Raid". Although does a film made in 2011 but released in 2012 count? Sadly it will be completely ignored by all other awards despite being a great film by a director with very little experience. The screening I went to in central London only had 5 people! However that meant a brilliant viewing experience.

  • Comment number 3.

    Well herels my List of nominees

    Best Director Christopher Nolan (I think he will be overlooked again), Gareth Evans, Sam Mendes, Josh Wehdon (I don't think Mark will nominated him)
    Best screenplay I would say Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall,
    Best documentary You've been trumped, never say never again
    Best foreign film I would say the raid thoough it might be in there oscars did give the oscas to crouching tiger, coranco
    Best cinematographer Wally psiter may get a kermode award if the nitwits at the oscars do what i think and pass up nominating him, i would say who did the camera work for looper deserves a look.
    Best film for me dark knight rises for mark i think either the master (not a pta fan sorry mark) or berbarian sound studio.
    Best actor Ryan gosling (if place beyond the pines comes out in the uk this year), Toby Jones
    Best actress Andrea Risborough (reallly), judi dench, minnie driver

  • Comment number 4.

    I thought Dark Knight Rises was the best of the trilogy Mouse. It had an emotional edge. I thought it was gfreat apolocopletic drama. I thought it was the best performance by this cast and I thoguht the best thing about it was that I cared and cried at the end. I am sorry buit if it provoked an empotitonal and physical response I cant tell you the last time a mainstream film did that well apart from toy story 3.

  • Comment number 5.

    Its an obvious one but Skyfall, its undoubtably the most artful and theme driven Bond film ever made, and direction from Sam Mendes is as poetic as it is surprising, and he should also definately be nominated for an Award.

  • Comment number 6.

    Well from what i've seen this year.I would say give
    The Dark Knight Rises the prize for best film.Not only because it's a great Art House/Blockbuster movie.But also because it is part of one of the best movie trilogy's ever.it's really solid filmmaking and give Nolan yet again the prize for best director.BTW.... 'De Rouille et D'Os' is the best arthouse film i've seen this year.

  • Comment number 7.

    The achievement that is most likely to by overlooked by at the Oscars is Roger Deakins' brilliant cinematography of Skyfall, for the simple reason the Academy is too snooty to recognize a James Bond-movie. Deakins of course is long overdue for an Oscar, but I do think that Skyfall ranks among his best work. He once again shows his great talent for original and interesting imagery, composition and great use of light (I always love it when a scene is dark, but you can still see what's going on). But a special reason Deakins deserves an Oscar because he demonstrates with his use of the Arri Alexa camera, digital cinematography matches and even surpasses film. Still, hope spring eternal and the Academy might get wise.
    PS. Please forgive any mistakes I might make with the English language, since I'm Dutch.

  • Comment number 8.

    I think Chris Nolan deserves an oscar nod this year, his work on the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception have made blockbuster films like Transformers obsolete and that has to be recognised. Also I know I am going out on a limb, but I think Gary Oldman should be nominated for Best Supporting Actor, for his work on Nolan's Batman films. Oldman, was the reason that these comic book movies were able to stay so grounded.

  • Comment number 9.

    Best Director: Jacques Audiard - Rust and Bone/Sam Mendes - Skyfall/Ben Affleck - Argo

    Best Film: Rust and Bone/Martha Marcy May Marlene/Skyfall/Safety Not Guaranteed/Argo/The Muppets/Berberian Sound Studio

    Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen - The Hunt/A Royal Affair (Incredible in both)

    Best Actress: Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone/Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene/Aubrey Plaza - Safety Not Guaranteed/Rashida Jones - Celeste and Jesse Forever

    Best Foreign Film: Rust and Bone/Holy Motors

    Best Screenplay: Rashida Jones and Will McCormack - Celeste and Jesse Forever

    Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins - Skyfall (The most artistic Bond ever composed)

    Best Documentary: The Summit/West of Memphis

    Overall Best Film of 2012 - Rust and Bone

  • Comment number 10.

    Best Actor - Matthias Schoenaerts
    Best Actress - Marion Cotillard

    Both for Rust & Bone, both absolutely the best lead performances of the year. Cotillard may get a nomination but considering they speak not-English you can probably feel disappointed now.

    Best Director - Christopher Nolan
    Best Screenplay - Killing Them Softly
    Best Picture - The Master (though the critical weight behind it will most likely sneak it in for a nomination)

  • Comment number 11.

    Peter Strickland and Toby Jones deserve some plaudits for Berberian Sound Studio. It didn't even get a proper release, despite being one of the year's smartest and most original films.

  • Comment number 12.

    Dear Mark,

    I haven't seen all of what 2012 has installed for us quite yet but here's what I think so far.

    I really think Paul Thomas Anderson has outdone himself with the beautiful and enigmatic work that is The Master. The film is shot on 70mm but is not an epic in the common sense, the screenplay is so good it could have been written as a novel. He is among my favorite living directors now because he is 5 for 5. The other film for sheer audacity is the wild, mad and plain bonkers Holy Motors. Leos Carax deserves an award for originality because it is unlike anything I've ever seen, this could have been a train wreck but it is executed superbly. That being said, if you even try to criticize the mammoth that is TDKR you're clinically insane. The performances, cinematography by Pfister, direction and story are all sublime. I was on the edge of my seat throughout, 2hr45 felt like 1hr30. I think Fassbender deserves a nod for his supporting role in Prometheus even though I was disappointed by the film as a whole but he is great as the android. Now we come to Cloud Atlas, talk about mammoth in terms of TDKR and bonkers for Holy Motors. I read the novel not long ago and saw that the film, to my surprise, was in cinemas when I was abroad (yet to be released in UK). And I was blown away by what the Wachowski's and Tykwer have accomplished, if filmmaking is reaching for the stars this is truly outstanding. I enjoyed the first Matrix very much and Run Lola Run so this is a fine welcome back. Also I think Haneke deserves more praise (despite the Palm D'or) for Amour as it is the most heartbreaking film you will see all year. Also, The Raid was just plain and simple a ferocious action film, one of the best this year as well.

  • Comment number 13.

    Best Picture: The Master (Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Dark Knight Rises are close)
    Best Director: PTA, it's about time, really.
    Best Actress: Michelle Williams for Take this Waltz. I doubt that she will get nominated, it is a flawed film, but she is stunning in it.
    Best Actor is a tough call, I would love to see Garrett Hedlund getting nominated for On the Road, but Hopkins, Day-Lewis and Hoffman or Phoenix will make it.

  • Comment number 14.

    Best Picture: The Master (Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Dark Knight Rises are close)
    Best Director: PTA, it's about time, really.
    Best Actress: Michelle Williams for Take this Waltz. I doubt that she will get nominated, it is a flawed film, but she is stunning in it.
    Best Actor is a tough call, I would love to see Garrett Hedlund getting nominated for On the Road, but Hopkins, Day-Lewis and Hoffman or Phoenix will make it.
    And best foreign language film should be A Royal Affair or Untouchable. I would be happy with both.

  • Comment number 15.

    I would absolutely love to put forward "Skyfall" along with Sam Mendes as director for the Kermode awards except that I actually reckon it has a shot at the Oscars (naively enough). It's just so much more award worthy than anything else I've seen this year.

    That being said, a few of the best films of the year, in my opinion, went straight to DVD. There's "The Revenant" an excellent horror comedy which, despite the huge amount of undead-related content in the past few years, still manages to come across as fresh and inventive. There's also "Detention", yet another horror comedy which takes a similar frantic hyperactive approach as "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World" (perhaps with a hint of "Clueless") and manages to combine aliens, slasher killers, grizzly bears and time travel, all without becoming a bloated mess overall.

    Drew Goddard's debut "Cabin In The Woods" turned out to be well worth the wait as a film which honours the horror genre even as it pulls it apart. Also there's Ti West's latest feature "The Innkeepers" which raises the bar from his previous cult hit "House Of The Devil".

    Finally I must not forget to mention "The Gray" which, in spite of looking from the trailers like "Taken In The Arctic" (with Liam Neeson as a badass who has to stop the bad guys and return to his lost relative), turned out to be a very thoughtful existential thriller where the wolves are not just savage beasts but the embodiment of death itself.

    It's been a good year for obscure/unsuccessful movies...

  • Comment number 16.

    @BartFromAmsterdam your post was easier to read than quite a few of the other posts above and probably mine, so don't worry about it.

    Got to concur for best cinematography for Skyfall

    Best Screenplay: Marvel Avengers, by no means a great film but quite good fun and I think the screenplay has a large part to do with it. I think it is hard to make one of these big silly superhero films with decent dialogue but it manages this, it should get creidt

    Also I think I'm in the minority in that I don't think Dark Kinght Rises deserves too many awards. It was over-long, for the third film in a row the threat was essentially a bomb and too many characters left everybody under-developed. For such a serious film with a dark tone, some elements were plain silly and it grated. A football stadium falling into the earth, a woman in a catsuit being two examples.

  • Comment number 17.

    Best Director - Sam Mendes (Skyfall)
    Best Actor - Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
    Best Actress - Judi Dench (Skyfall)
    Best Original Screenplay (Cabin In The Woods)

    Most underated film of the year is The Three Stooges. What were people expecting a subtle mediation on cinema violence or a faithful portrayal of non pc slapstic mayhem. I think Kermode was away watching The Keith Lemon movie when this was out but I woud love to hear his oppinion on what I think is a return to form for the Farrelly Brothers.

  • Comment number 18.

    Please, nothing for Dark Knight, it was just stupid, which would have been fine if it was trying to be stupid, but it wasn't.

    Angel's Share deserves something, just in that I came out of the cinema feeling exhilarated.

  • Comment number 19.

    I think the best director award should go to Joe Wright for Anna Karenina. He may be nominated by the Hollywood powers that be but I don't see him winning, mainly because I thought his direction and presentation of the film was sublime, but the film wasn't the complete package. Having said that, what the film lacked in the emotional depth of the characters (I had little empathy toward Anna, although Knightley played the part well) was made up for by exquisite layering of scenery and lighting, interspersed with that passenger train, which added to the overall claustrophobic feel, within the confines of the creaky, shabby theatre. What Wright was able to do was invest his film with aesthetic shallowness, a shallowness mirrored in the characters motivations, that actually had the opposite effect, it gave the film more resonance and depth. Unfortunately the characters, although all admirably and solidly acted by the cast, did not jump out at me, sitting at the back of the cinema hall, and engage me at an emotional level. But I think he did enough on a visual level, to recreate the essence of this dusty tome.

  • Comment number 20.

    As somebody suggested on the 5Live show last week, Roger Deakins deserves recognition for shooting the most beautiful Bond film ever made.

  • Comment number 21.

    Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper and The Raid all deserve recognition that probably won't be afforded to them at the Oscars.

    Best Actor - Christian Bale (TDKR), Joseph Gordon Levitt (Looper) or Daniel Craig (Skyfall) all worthy

    Best Actress - Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

  • Comment number 22.

    Best Original Screenplay for me would be Liberal Arts; could have been predictable and either moody or slapstick, but managed to have at least two beautifully surprising moments in.
    Best Supporting Actor surely Alessandro Nivola in Ginger & Rosa, pitch-perfect performance of delusion, self-aggrandisement. Had to see the film twice in order to properly realise the power of it as a performance.
    Best Director - Ralph Fiennes for Coriolanus, camerawork as sharp and visceral as the language, which is very rarely achieved with Shakespeare.
    Best Actress a toss-up between Elle Fanning in Ginger & Rosa (managed to cry a lot but it never got tedious and always felt real) or when did The Woman in the Fifth come out? Kristin Scott Thomas' second/French career yielded up another masterclass.

  • Comment number 23.

    My favourite film of the year has to be 'Young Adult'. An amazing performance by Charlize Theron and an unapologetically unsentimental look at the transition form youth to middle age. I doubt the academy will aknowledge it as it was released early in the year and isn't an issue led film. For my money it should be at least nominated for Best Film and Charlize Theron deserves Best Actress as she gives at least as good a performance here as she did in 'Monster' and a far less 'showy' one.

  • Comment number 24.

    Best Original Song - "Under an Iron Sky" by Laibach from "Iron Sky".

    Quite simply the best song that I have heard this year, and totally fitting to the movie in question. You may not agree with me, but then again, I cannot force you to be right.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwJH_vuVDJ4&feature=related

  • Comment number 25.

    While yes, it was a film made in 2011, and a film that went through the film festivals in 2011, The Turin Horse was (to the best of my knowledge) only shown in any cinemas at all in 2012. There have been few other films in my made which left such an incredible impression on me. No other film I've ever seen has been so deeply nihilistic and bleak. It is drone cinema, the film equivalent of Sunn 0))). So, The Turin Horse and Bela Tarr get my nomination for best film and director. If that isn't eligible, well then, I'm gonna have to go for Killer Joe which I found absolutely hilarious and brilliant, and Beasts of the Southern Wild ought to get best soundtrack.

  • Comment number 26.

    Best film: - Moonrise Kingdom *take your pick of actors for the Kermodes*

    Best Director: - Wes Andeson

    Best documentary: - You've been Trumped

    Best overated film: - Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

  • Comment number 27.

    I think Mark that Prometheus deserves to be included for Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender and the new catagory of Best Visual Effects. Beasts of the Southern Wild was also a great film with a spellbinding central performance and a really brilliant story. Argo, The Master, The Dark Knight Rises and Chronicle are also films that I think deserve a place as well but the Best Film I have seen all year so far, is You've Been Trumped, an excellent look into just how evil Donald Trump is and how the locals in that area of Scotland deserve their right not to have their land taken from them by the evil Trump. All of the films I have mentioned should be included for their innovation.

    P.S I saw Cloud Atlas at the Toronto Film Festival in September and I thought it was good not great but the thing that stands out the most in that film is the makeup. We have had films this year with really great Makeup and Cloud Atlas managed to turn Halle Berry white and Jim Sturgess into an Asian. Please create the special catagory of Best Makeup and Hair as I think Makeup artists just aren't recognised enough

  • Comment number 28.

    Films that I think will be overlooked are:

    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Avengers
    Skyfall
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • Comment number 29.

    I haven't seen a lot this year, I usually wait for everything to come out on Blu-ray and then watch at home because I find cinema going to be an increasingly unpleasant experience. I have seen Skyfall, but it didn't ring as well with me as it seems to have done with others. My list is pretty much a clean-sweep for one film, but I think even if I had seen all the great films out this year, my list would still be the following:

    Best Film: The Dark Knight Rises
    Best Director: Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Rises
    Best Screenplay: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Rises
    Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight Rises
    Best Actor: Daniel Craig - Skyfall (For me, he is the best Bond, and although I prefer his gritty, near-psychopathic persona from Casino Royale/QoS, in Skyfall he demonstrated he could be a little softer too)
    Best Actress: Marion Cotillard - The Dark Knight Rises (I find her to be an absolutely enchanting screen presence, and I think the twist at the end worked mainly because she sold it so well)
    Best Soundtrack - Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Rises (Watching Bruce Wayne climb out of the pit to this thundering masterpiece of sound blasting out in IMAX was one of the greatest cinematic experiences of my life. 'Why Do We Fall?' still gives me goosebumps)

    Honourable Mentions: The Avengers, The Cabin in the Woods, The Woman in Black (great direction from James Watkins, great screenplay from Jane Goldman, very impressive acting from Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds), The Amazing Spiderman (thought I wouldn't like it, but I enjoyed it)

    Eagerly looking forward to The Hobbit, it might bump a few people off my list.

  • Comment number 30.

    'The Dark Knight Rises' is surely the best film of the year, hands down. But, of course, it being a genre action film, it'll probably win bugger all but Tech Oscars.

  • Comment number 31.

    I would like to give a big nod to ZOE KAZAN for Ruby Sparks. Both for her performance and her writing. I think it takes great skill to shift gears like that in a performance and the weird horror bit toward the end was a particular highlight. It and she are unlikely to get nominated because it might be seen as a fluffy RomCom, which it's not.

  • Comment number 32.

    Iron Sky, best soundtrack.

    From the music from the trailer that sold the film to most viewers (while that music was not even in the film) to the haunting first piano notes of the films last scene, it was integral to the film in a way that is not seen much any more.
    In the days of generic one-hit-wonder-unrelated-popular-music-soundtracks or completely interchangeable [famous film composer] scores, this was both the film and the soundtrack added to each other.

  • Comment number 33.

    The Three Stooges. It knows what it is, and it is it.

  • Comment number 34.

    Director: I reckon Sam Mendes will get the Oscar, so I'm plumping for Tim Burton for Frankenweenie. Yes, he's a hit and miss and he's not directing actors here, but it shows off his filmmaking chops.

    Actor: Mark Wahlberg for Ted. Yeah, that's right. A comedy. Acting with a stuffed bear might not seem like the most challenging role, but imagine if Adam Sandler was cast instead. Eughhh.

    Actress: Female roles have been utterly terrible this year. I would say Noomi Rapace in Prometheus, but her character is a total mess. It'll have to be Zoe Kazan in Ruby Sparks, though she did write that character for herself, so it's a bit of a cheat. To be honest, I've seen no astonishing female performances this year at all.

    Film: Not a fan of Christopher Snoreland, so between Moonrise Kingdom and The Woman in Black and Looper, I'm going to go for The Woman In Black, just to be awkward. I'm guessing The Master will be much better, but I haven't seen it.

    Foreign Language: Sister by Ursula Meier. It's weird, but good. Haven't seen The Raid yet...

  • Comment number 35.

    Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre- a wonderful film. If it's not selected you're 'havre'ing a laugh. Unlike me, it understands the importance of timing and rhythm in a film. It deserves a wider audience.

  • Comment number 36.

    I think the most overrated film this year is Skyfall, crammed full of awkward one liners and it lacked the thrill that James Bond films should have. I just don't get why people seem to love it so much, its not even Craigs best Bond outing. Aside from Roger Deakins beautiful Cinematography (hint hint), it was a very bland film.

    My favourite film this year was probably The Dark Knight Rises - highly engaging. It has its faults, but I would feel like I am nitpicking if I used these to count against a film which knows what its doing and where its going throughout. Definitely the most enjoyable film I've watched this year.

    I would also like to mention how much I enjoyed The Imposter, surprised no one has mentioned it yet as I would say out of all the films I have watched this year, its just behind The Dark Knight Rises for best film, definite candidate for documentary of the year without question. Would also like to support the calls for You've Been Trumped and don't forget Searching for Sugar Man Mark, possibly feel good film of the year?

  • Comment number 37.

    What category would Samsara fit into? Because it deserves all kind of awards and probably won't get any. Similarly Nostalgia for the Light.

  • Comment number 38.

    Best Supporting Actor should go to either Michael Fassbender for Prometheus or Tom Hardy for The Dark Knight Rises.

  • Comment number 39.

    Best Director: Rian Johnson - (out of respect for the fact he gained a new fan)

    Best Film: Prometheus - (ignoring all haters)

    Best Actor: Michael Fassbender as David - (disgustingly obvious)

    Best Supporting Actor: Paul Dano as Seth or Dane Dehaan as Crickett

    Best Actress: Emily Blunt as Sara (she made that film)

    Best Foreign Film: The Flowers of War?? (at the start of 2012 just)

    Best Screenplay: none so far (i'm going to take a guess with Zero Dark Thirty)

    Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins - Skyfall (just cos it's deakins)

    Best Short: Loom by Luke Scott (close second: True Skin by Stephan Zlotescu)

    Overall Best Film of 2012 - Prometheus (looper close 2nd)

    Roll on the very promising 2013

  • Comment number 40.

    I know there may be many that disagree with me on this (including the academy), but The Raid was one of the most joyful film watching experiences i have ever had. Never been a fan of martial arts movies, but this worked for me. Top notch cinematography, acting, and of course, mind-bending choreography! A true gem!

  • Comment number 41.

    There are some films I still need to see, however 'Killer Joe' is probably my favourite of the year so far. It has great acting, a real originality and a warped tension that you don't encounter that often. It's all the more deserving as it hasn't got a hope in hell of being nominated.

  • Comment number 42.

    My 3 favourite films of the year haven't changed since the half way mark of the year, and so far all the mainstream 'award contenders' I've seen so far haven't changed my opinion. Although all top 10 lists and awards are just ridiculous and totally stupid, further no more here are my choices:

    Best Film: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Best Director: Christopher Nolan (TDKR) OR Alexander Sokurov (Faust)

    Best Actor: Mads Mikkelson (A Royal Affair) OR Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio)

    Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

    Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)

    Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus)

    Best Screenplay: Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman)

    Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel (Faust)

    Best Documentary: Nostalgia for the Light

  • Comment number 43.

    Forgot to add that Matthew McConaughey would definitely get my vote for Best Actor, what an intense, wayward performance.

  • Comment number 44.

    Three blog entries since the breaking of the biggest movie news of 2012 (whether or not you care, it IS), and nothing from the Doc. You'd think this (in)sidious monopolization of the movie industry would be of interest to him...

  • Comment number 45.

    This probably is cheating as it isn't out yet and i don't necessarily think its the best film i've seen but it will definitely be overlooked. Sightseers is brilliant and is not going to win anything. Maybe serial killer comedies set in the midlands are hard to sell in America but it would be a travesty for the BAFTA's to overlook the screenplay

  • Comment number 46.

    Untouchable for foreign language. May have got my years mixed up, though! But I saw it this year.

  • Comment number 47.

    Best Film: The Imposter. I'd be amazed if i see a better film this year.
    Best Director: William Friedkin for Killer Joe.
    Best Actor: Omar sy Untouchable, Woody Harrelson Rampart, Daniel Criag Skyfall.
    Best Actress: Deannie Yip for A Simple life.
    Best Screenplay: Julie Delpy for 2 Days in New York.
    Best Foreign Language Film: A Simple Life. Mark, you were on holiday when this came out so you'll have catch it on DVD.
    Best Sound Design: Swandown. The sound in that film gave it a dream like quality.

  • Comment number 48.

    the angels share
    killer joe
    wild bill
    headhunters
    moonrise kingdom

  • Comment number 49.

    i will give you a list of my films on one condition. THAT YOU DO SOME FEEDBACK BLOGS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 50.

    Best Film: The Dark Knight Rises. A sublime ending to a sublime trilogy. It's my favourite film of the year so far and it deserves one of your prestigious Kermode Awards.
    Best Director: Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises. What else is there to say about him other than he is a fantastic filmmaker and a great hero of mine.
    Best Actor: Michael Fassbender for Prometheus (sorry haters). He created a character who, even though was robotic and sinister, was just as flawed and damaged as his human masters.
    Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene. You thought that film was one of your favourite films of this year because it crept up on you by surprise. Well, Liz Olsen took me by surprise, creating a flawed and tragic character, wrestling with her own sanity. She put her heart and soul in that film, and if she doesn't win, or even get nominated for a Kermode Award, I will eat my own shoes.
    Best Foreign Language Film: Rust and Bone. A truly powerful and emotional film with outstanding commitment from the two leads (Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard).

  • Comment number 51.

    I echo many of the opinions thus far, but in cinematography it surely must go to either Roger Deakins for Skyfall or Wally Pffister for TDKR, i haven't seen anything so far) that comes close to these two. Maybe Mark will disagree with me though.

  • Comment number 52.

    Best film - Either "Berberian Sound Studio" or "Holy Motors".

    Best director - Leos Carax for "Holy Motors".

    Best script - "The Cabin In The Woods" by Whedon and Goddard.

    Best actor - Either Toby Jones in "Berberian..." or Denis Lavant in "Holy Motors".

    Best actress - Marion Cotillard for "Rust And Bone" (though she could well get an Oscar nod, in which case I'll change it to Elizabeth Olsen for "Martha ... Marlene").

  • Comment number 53.

    I'm a big fan of The Avengers, so whilst maybe not Best Film, certainly Best Director for Joss Whedon (for actually making a coherant film that wasn't pure fan service) and Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo (Best Bruce Banner perforamnce in a long time, possibly of all time).

    A glance at my username will probably hint that I am a little biased here but Karl Urban in Dredd for Best Actor. Nailed the character and gave a damn good performance despite having to wear a helmet that covered most of his face including the eyes (You hear that Stallone? Dredd keeps the helmet on, you don't see his face!). In fact I'd go so far as to give Dredd a Best Picture nod for being one of the most gender equal films of the year without even trying to be so or making a big deal about it.

  • Comment number 54.

    Since I live in Denmark there are a lot of apparently great movies, like The Master (which I am anticipating more than anything else right now) or Beasts of the Southern Wild that I won’t get to see until sometime next year, I really feel I can’t participate in this discussion the way I wanted to. However I have say that my hopes for best foreign language film lies with the Danish “A Royal Affair”. The best I’ve seen this year so far, very well acted and beautifully shot with an amazing almost awe-inspiring true story at the centre that touches on relevant subjects like censorship and what works as the backbone for modern democracy. A really truly great film that I am delighted to know that the good Doctor appreciates. (In a way, I find it ironic writing in a, to me, foreign language about a movie in my own language as the best foreign language film. And I apologize for any grammatical errors; I am just a 19 year old Dane).

  • Comment number 55.

    Surely Adam Sandler deserves something, at least in tribute to his relentless quest to keep morons off the street?

  • Comment number 56.

    Foriegn langauge film of the year...Rust and Bones
    actress of the year...elizabeth olsen
    director of the year... chris nolan
    cartoon of the year ...frankenweenie
    biggest disppointment of the year...anything michael fassbender has been in
    worst film of the year...wild bill and st georges day

  • Comment number 57.

    These are based on what I think would not get nominated as that is what the Kermode's are based.

    I would have included The Master, The Dark Knight Rises for some of them, however I am sure they would be nominated anyway.The brackets indicate who I would have selected other wise.

    Best Director: William Friedkin - Killer Joe
    (Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master)

    Best Film: Martha Marcy May Marlene
    (The Master)

    Best Actor: Ralph Fiennes - Coriolanus
    (Phillip Seymour Hoffman - The Master)

    Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene

    Best Foreign Film: The Raid
    (A Royal Affair)

    Best Screenplay: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard - The Cabin In The Woods
    (Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan - The Dark Knight Rises)

    Best Cinematography: Benoît Delhomme - Lawless
    (Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight Rises)

    Best Documentary: You've Been Trumped
    (Marley)

  • Comment number 58.

    The best film I have seen in the last year is still 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia'.

  • Comment number 59.

    Also - quite a few people have mentioned it so I feel obliged to dissent: 'Berberian Sound Studio' starts well and gets stupid. It deserves nothing.

  • Comment number 60.

    Not to be the whiner, but nothing really stood out for me this year. While I can look back on 2011 and say Melancholia was the classic from that year, or Black Swan/Inception the year before, 2012 has been perfectly ...okay. The summer blockbusters were just alright, the smaller dramas were okay but not exatly profound (maybe I saw the wrong ones). I don't really have much of an opinion on the Oscars either this time. The year's been completely flat for me, and normally I'm full of opinions on the subject.

    I'll send myself off to see The Master this weekend. PTA can be trusted to inspire me, surely!

  • Comment number 61.

    As a huge Paul Thomas Anderson fan (There Will be Blood and Punch Drunk Love being among my all time favourites), I desperately want The Master to be not just a hit during awards season but also my favourite film of the year. Having not seen it yet, I can only share my favourites from 2012; all of which I believe will have a better chance of a Kermode award than an Oscar: The Imposter, Berberian Sound Studio and Searching for Sugar Man. I look forward to the Kermode nominations...

  • Comment number 62.

    Best (independent) film by quite a long shot for me is Martha Marcy May Marlene. Wonderfully acted, shot and edited. A genuine treat and a bit of mystery/horror mash up in the vein of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

  • Comment number 63.

    Best Film The Dark Knight Rises
    Best Director Gareth Evans - The Raid
    Best Screenplay Joss Whedon - Avengers Assemble
    Best Actor Daniel Craig - Skyfall
    Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence - Hunger Games
    Best Supporting Actor Mark Ruffalo - Avengers Assemble
    Best Supporting Actress Emily Blunt - Looper
    Lifetime Achievement Award Fozzie Bear - The Muppets (Fart Shoes!)

  • Comment number 64.

    Firstly Mikkel Boe Følsgaard for his portrayal of King Christian VII in a Royal Affair. The film and cast are all top notch but he stands out especially.

    Putting that aside though...


    I noticed that 'The Loved Ones' had a re-release in 2012, even though it was initially released in 2009. I'm not sure how that timing works with certain awards but all I can say is, it's a great horror film, darkly funny, sick and twisted and the sorta film the Academy in particular totally ignores. Hell, It currently sports a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes should people seek other avenues of opinion.

    Oscar in particular should take far more chances with it's selection process, it has been far too conservative with it's tastes for far too long. True 'the Artist' last year broke some ground, but the genre of 'horror' in particular, as I'm sure you would agree Mark, is often neglected and often misunderstood.

  • Comment number 65.

    Best Film-The Avengers
    Best Director-Christopher Nolan, Dark Knight Rises
    Best Original Screenplay-Dark Knight Rises, Christopher & Jonathan Nolan
    Best Adapted Screenplay-Argo, Chris Terrio
    Best Actor-Denzel Washington, Flight
    Best Actress-Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Best Supporting Actor-Gary Oldman, Dark knight Rises
    Best Supporting Actress-Amy Adams, The Master
    Best Cinematography-Wally Pfister, Dark Knight Rises
    Best Visual Effects-The Avengers
    Best Production Design-Arthur Max, Prometheus

  • Comment number 66.

    Best Documentary : Marley
    Best Actor : Toby Jones for A Berberian Sound Studio
    Best Supporting Actor : Michael Fassbender for Prometheus
    Best Actress : Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games
    Best Supporting Actress : I'll get back to you
    Best Cinematography : Peter Sorg for Frankenweenie
    Best Animation : Frankenweenie
    Best Foreign Language Film : Carancho or The Raid
    Best Director : Peter Strickland for A Berberian Sound Studio
    Best Picture : Marley or A Berberian Sound Studio

    As you can I loved Marley and A Berberian Sound Studio

  • Comment number 67.

    I don't know if it's been released in the UK (I'm from the US), but Compliance, a fantastic but grueling film based on true events, features one of the best performances of the year. Ann Dowd should be nominated for best actress. The film is too controversial and unpleasant for her to have a real shot at being nominated. I also think Rachel Weisz should be nominated for best actress for her heart-wrenching performance in The Deep Blue Sea. It was released so early in the year that the Academy is sure to forget it. I thought Jack Black gave his best performance to date in the hilarious Bernie. He won't be nominated because the film was released early in the year, and it's a comedy. I hope Ezra Miller and Emma Watson get nominated for best supporting actor and actress, respectively, for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  • Comment number 68.

    Terrence Davies made a very good film in 'The Deep Blue Sea' and one that I think MK will not overlook come prize giving time. I'm not surprised by the support 'Skyfall' is receiving, but in my opinion it is entirely misplaced. Up until a certain person gets blasted with a hand-cannon it was the Bond film I wanted to see. Then it suddenly turned into a mish-mash of other films and not necessarily even other Bond films. You had the occasional homage (and occasional reproduction) of scenes from films like Goldfinger, From Russia with Love and Live and Let Die, but unforgivably, also 'Silence of the Lambs', 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Inception'; the casino in Macau and Silva's island are almost identical to sets used in Inception. I left the cinema thinking 'I want to see those films' not a film about Bond's relationship with his mother.

  • Comment number 69.

    Obviously I've not seen several films that are still to come out (mainly The Master), but based on what I have seen, here goes:

    Best Director- Gareth Evans for The Raid

    Best Actor- Denis Lavant for Holy Motors

    Best Actress- Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene

    Supporting Actor- Paul Giamatti for Cosmopolis or Dwight Henry for Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Supporting actress- Edith Scob or Kylie Minogue for Holy Motors

  • Comment number 70.

    Oh god, I can't believe I just made that mistake:

    Supporting Actor- Fassbender for Prometheus. Film was all over the place, but his performance was extraordinary.

  • Comment number 71.

    controversial but Best Director has to be Plan B aka Ben Drew for ill manors for me not because i come from forest gate but because he decided to pick a topic and run with it like no other where the media have a master label for his characters to be criminals he decides to portray the why they are criminals part. Also, it is not easy to film on location In Forest Gate.
    Best Supporting Actor - ryan de la cruz (Ill manors) his debut and he steals the show from the likes of riz ahmed.

  • Comment number 72.

    All nominations in no particular order

    Best 'Hollywood' Film:
    - Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
    - Detachment (Tony Kaye)
    - Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Benh Zeithlin)
    - Lawless (John Hillcoat)
    - The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
    - Killer Joe (William Friedkin)

    Best Foreign Film:
    - Jagten (English title: The Hunt) (Thomas Vinterberg)
    - Intouchables (English title: Untouchable) (Nakache, Toledano)
    - Dans La Maison (English title: Inside The House) (Francois Ozon)
    - De Rouille et d'Ros (English title: Rust and Bone) (Jacques Audiard)
    - Silent City (Threes Anna)

    Best Director:
    - Ben Affleck (Argo)
    - Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly)
    - Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt)
    - Wachowski's (Cloud Atlas)
    - Benh Zeitlin (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)

    Best Actor:
    - Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt)
    - Guy Pearce (Lawless)
    - Omar Sy (Untouchable)
    - Matthias Schoenaerts (Rouille et d'Ros)
    - Ernst Umhauer (Dans La Maison)
    - Adrien Brody (Detachment)
    - Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
    - Ethan Hawke (Sinister)

    Best Actress:
    - Juno Temple (Killer Joe)
    - Marion Cotillard (De Rouille et d'Ros)
    - Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
    - Nina Hoss (Barbara)
    - Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas)

    Best Breakthrough Actor:
    - Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas/Skyfall)
    - Dane DeHaan (Chronicle/Lawless)
    - David Oyelowo (The Paperboy/Middle of Nowhere)
    - Dwight Henry (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)
    - Scoot McNairy (Killing Them Softly/Argo)
    - Jeremy Irvine (Now Is Good/War Horse)
    - Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom)
    - Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower)

    Best Breakthrough Actress:
    - Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
    - Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)
    - Tara Lynne Barr (God Bless America)
    - Natasha Calis (The Possession)
    - Sami Gayle (Detachment)
    - Elizabeth Olsen (Liberal Arts/Silent House)
    - Macy Gray (The Paperboy)

  • Comment number 73.

    Best actor - Denis Lavant for Holy Motors.

    I couldn't comment on the rest, because I've not seen enough films (my pick of the year is Holy Motors or The Angels' Share) but Holy Motors knocked me one for six and Denis Lavant's performance is tuly one of the great things to emerge in cinema recently - like Alec Guiness in Kind Hearts and Coronets on crack, or Mr Benn as directed by David Lynch. It's one astonishing performance in 11 pieces, and probably the best performance I've seen in a cinema since Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood. But I've got a feeling this oddball French fantastical odyssey won't sit well with the Academy.

  • Comment number 74.

    Best Picture:

    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Looper
    Seven Psychopaths
    Robot & Frank
    Bernie

    Best Director:

    Sam Mendes (Skyfall)
    Behn Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    Richard Linklater (Bernie)

    Best Actor:

    Jack Black (Bernie)
    Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
    Denzel Washington (Flight)
    Frank Langella (Robot & Frank)

    Best Actress:

    Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    Judi Dench (Skyfall)

  • Comment number 75.

    Best Film: Killing Them Softly / End of Watch (I can't decide)

    Best Director: Andrew Dominick - see above / Ben Affleck - Argo (My palms were sweating during scenes in both of these. You know which scenes.)

    Best Screenlay: Andrew Dominick - Killing Them Softly (Wow!)

    Best Actor: Robert De Niro - Being Flynn (Father murderer! FATHER MURDERER!!)

    (Although I should just say that Scoot Mcairy is quickly taking over Fassbender as my favourite new actor)

    Best Actress: Kara Hayward - Moonrise Kingdom (Parts of this performance really made me quite upset for some reason)

    Caveats:

    I haven't seen:

    Lincoln
    The Master

  • Comment number 76.

    In the unlikely event that he hasn't already been given a Kermode already, William Friedkin, for managing to still have a career, despite going from being one of the original blockbuster wunderkinds to making edgy uncommercial masterpieces (also despite having done Jade somewhere in there -- not his fault, Caruso is Shatner without the irony or charisma, and no amount of rewriting can fix an Eszterhas script).

    Also, I'm sorry, but I can't help but whinge about all the people, in this thread and elsewhere, regarding any high profile blockbuster film with a scintilla of seriousness, subtext or subtlety as "art house". To continue to do this patronizingly suggests that all popular entertainment must be dumbed down to Michael Bay noisy noisy robot robot boom boom. Do we now have to recontextualize much of the classic Hollywood canon as "art house". Are Casablanca, Key Largo, Scarlet Street, The Big Heat, Stagecoach etc. etc. "Art House"? As much as Hollywood has since lowered our expectations, to act surprised when someone manages to get intelligent content past "the system" and that it might do well "despite" this, shows as much contempt for the audience as we claim the industry has. So can we please stop bandying about "Art House" in this way, unless, of course, Lars Von Trier directs Star Wars VII (That's no moon. It's Melancholia.)

  • Comment number 77.

    I would like to see you recognise Ken Loach and his brilliant recent film The Angels' Share. Loach has been overlooked consistently by the major American awards ceremonies, and his latest offering will no doubt be ignored again.

    I'm also really looking forward to Spielberg's Lincoln, although I agree with Mark's opinion that Spielberg is more comfortable and impressive when directing blockbusters as opposed to his more "serious" films. I believe Daniel Day Lewis' performance could go a long way to making this film one of the best films in the awards season.

  • Comment number 78.

    the best performances i have seen this year are from 2 young actors! the performances were believeable, completely relatable, wistful and both actors had a great on screen chemistry. jarad gilman and kara hayward in wes andersons moonrise kingdom! the film with its huge all star cast (ed norton mr willis and bill murry etc) was engulfed and surpassed by the wonderfull childhood relationship of innocence with an edge of rebellion. a great coming of age movie from the brilliant wes anderson but would not have been close to what it was without the 2 child leads.

  • Comment number 79.

    Have to include The Raid purely on being the most entertainingly fabulous film of the year, The Imposter for being the most startling, jaw-dropping documentary of 2012 and The Kid with a Bike for being one of the most heart-warming.

  • Comment number 80.

    The Academy know absolutely nothing about what is the "best" and "worst" in moviemaking, hence all the ridiculous choices in the past. You mention Jonny Greenwood's score for "There Will Be Blood": A fantastic, powerful piece of music that was criminally overlooked due to it containing music previously written for another film ("Bodysong", i might add), when last years "The Artist" - don't get me wrong, wonderful film - had a large portion of Herrmann's "Vertigo" tagged at the end of a very dramatic scene. Yet Ludovic Bource's score was deemed eligible for for consideration. There is a very bewildering contradicyion here. So, i never take the oscars seriously: it's just one big circus/ fashion show.

    Not to give you an ego, Mark - but i must admit, i thoroughly enjoy your Kermode awards: they cut through the pretence, and appretiate the artistry of cinema as it should be agknowledged.

    As for the best this year: It's been a very slack year, with one or two major disappointments. Was impressed by Rian Johnson's brilliantly concieved "Looper" and Ben Affleck's unbelievably entertaining "Argo".

  • Comment number 81.

    Is there a best comedy category ?, Damsels in Distress seemed to completely disappear without trace upon its release, but it really made me laugh when I caught up with it on dvd.
    It wont be to everyone's taste and the tone is a bit uneven. Some of the jokes come from skewering the pretensions of college year students and others just indulge in broad dumbness, nevertheless I enjoyed all of it. There's
    no real hero/heroine of the piece. Everyone in its an idiot but by the end I felt charmed by them.
    Plus, Mayo hated it with a passion so it has to be a contender.
    As for film/director of the year I cant say until next week when I finally get to see The Master but that's bound to get an Oscar nod so, for me , the Kermode for best director should go to Steve McQueen for Shame. I cant see the puritanical Oscars giving a film about sex addiction the time of day but it was a film that needed a director of considerable skill to bring out the emotional wreckage of those characters without degenerating into the sort of crass take on the subject Hollywood, or even Von Trier would serve up.

  • Comment number 82.

    I hope PTA isn't nominated for an Oscar so he can get a Kermode :)

  • Comment number 83.

    Best Actress- Selma Hayek in Savages (I know this would normally be a best supporting actress role, but she was in just as much as Lectre in Silence of the Lambs)
    Best Actor- Dane Dehaan for Chronicle
    Best Director- Josh Trank for Chronicle
    Best Film- The Avengers
    Best Foreign Language Film- Arietty (just such an improvement on Ponyo)

  • Comment number 84.

    The problem with awards is that although a film may not have the best acting, best directing, best screenplay, best cinematography, best score, best make-up, best costume design, best production design, best visual effects, best editing, best sound editing, or best sound mixing, it may still be the best film.

  • Comment number 85.

    Once Upon a Time In Anatolia
    The Angels Share
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Nostalgia For The Light
    Goodbye First Love
    The Innkeepers
    Kid With A Bike

  • Comment number 86.

    I saw this film recently and in all honesty, it blew me away. On the whole, documentaries film may be a type of film that I enjoy, but never before have I seen a documentary film so engaging, so enticing than the film "Indie Game: The Movie". It's a film that really drew me into this weird and wonderful world of Independent game design and made me realise the trials and tribulations of a self employed game designer. The amount of time and effort these people put into their work was captivated so brilliantly by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, when we see these people stress out and think that every things going to fail, you feel their pain and when things go better than they ever thought possible, you feel pride, happiness and joy for what they achieved and what they went through to make it all worthwhile. This film for me is in my top 5 for 2012 and is WELL deserved to be honoured by the Kermode Awards.

  • Comment number 87.

    Matthew Mahogany in Killer Joe, partly because it was the most amazing turnaround in any actor's image for many years and mostly because I want to see MK award it to him, knowing that the man he has called Matthew Mahogany for years is, in fact, the scariest, coldest, bad-ass on the planet. Sorry Mark; it's just irresistible ;-)

  • Comment number 88.

    Best Film- Skyfall
    Best Actor- Toby Jones for Berberian Sound Studio (also loved Javier Bardem in Skyfall)
    Best Actress- Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games
    Best Director- Sam Mendes for Skyfall (Close with David Cronenberg for Cosmopolis and Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises)

  • Comment number 89.

    Here's what I have so far this year:

    Best Foreign Language Film - TABU, by Miguel Gomes (although you could replace this with THE TURIN HORSE, by Béla Tarr, if it's elligible)

    Best Documentary - PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD), by Grant Gee

    Best Cinematography - TABU, by Miguel Gomes (although you could replace this with THE TURIN HORSE by Béla Tarr, if it's elligible)

    Best Supporting Actor - Edward Norton for MOONRISE KINGDOM

    Best Lead Actress - Aggeliki Papoulia, for ALPS, or Zoé Héran, for TOMBOY

    Best Director - Miguel Gomes for TABU (or Béla Tarr for THE TURIN HORSE)

    Best Film - (no surprises) TABU, by Miguel Gomes (although you could replace this with THE TURIN HORSE, by Béla Tarr, if it's elligible)

    I watched The Turin Horse back in April 2011, but it was released in UK in 2012. Of the films I saw in 2012 (I saw 43 films total), this is how my list would look like at the moment. These are some films I haven't seen and am really looking forward to:

    Amour
    Argo
    Rust & Bone
    Lincoln
    The Master
    Killing Them Softly
    To the Wonder
    Pieta
    Caesar Must Die
    Looper
    Holy Motors
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Mud
    Cosmopolis
    Post Tenebras Lux
    Reality
    West of Memphis

  • Comment number 90.

    Oh, I haven't seen Berberian Sound Studio either, and am very much looking forward to it too.

  • Comment number 91.

    Best Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild or Killer Joe
    Best Director: Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio)
    Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe) or Matthias Schoenaerts (De rouille et d'os)
    Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (De rouille et d'os) or Juno Temple (Killer Joe)
    Best Foreign Language Film: Headhunters (Morten Tyldum) or De rouille et d'os (Jacques Audiard)

  • Comment number 92.

    Best foreign language film has to go to Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain). The two main characters balance each other out perfectly, and the intertwining stories make for a very engaging and powerful film. I can see this being overlooked at the Oscars though. Time for Gael García Bernal to take more English speaking roles, hopefully in better films than Letters to Juliet, and show those who have never caught the Spanish cinema bug what talent he has.

  • Comment number 93.

    My best film this year, purely for entertainment value was The Avengers Assemble
    The most disappointing was Prometheus closely followed by Dark Night Rises (one of the few films that had me looking at my watch)
    One film gave me a number of goose bump moments and that was Skyfall. Seen it twice now and just blew me a away.
    Most underrated film...Brave....just loved it.

  • Comment number 94.

    Totally forgot to mention The Perks of Being a Wallflower; undoubtedly one of 2012's brightest and most surprising features.

  • Comment number 95.

    ()= films i haven't seen yet, but have potential to take the top
    Best supporting actor: Tom Hiddleston - The Avengers (Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn - Killing Them Softly)
    Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway - The Dark Knight Rises
    Best actor: Christian Bale -The Dark Knight Rises (Matthew McConaughey - Killer Joe, Brad Pitt - Killing Them Softly)
    Best actress: Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Best foreign film: The Raid
    Best cinematography: Roger Deakins - Skyfall, Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight Rises
    Best screenplay: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard - The Cabin in The Woods, Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley - Ted
    Best director: Sam Mendes - Skyfall Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Rises, Rian Johnson - Looper (Andrew Dominik - Killing Them Softly, Ben Wheatley - Sightseers
    Best picture: Looper (Killing Them Softly, Sightseers)

  • Comment number 96.

    I am at a disadvantage I live in the middle of nowhere and I am under 15 and too good to illegally download so here I go

    Best Actor Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises

    Best Supporting actor Joseph Gordon Levitt The Dark Knight Rises

    Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games

    Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Skyfall

    Best foreign film- Live to far out to go to any cinema showing foreign films

    Best Cinematography Wally Pfister tthe dark knight rises

    Best screenplay The pirates in an adventure with scientists

    Best director Joss whedon the avengers christopher nolan the dark knight rises

    Best picture the avengers, the dark knight rises and I know it isn't out yet but Les Miserable looks brilliant

  • Comment number 97.

    Best director: Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus
    Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games (or, if she's recognised by major awards, the girl from Haywire)
    Best Actor: Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus
    Best film: Cabin in the Woods

  • Comment number 98.

    I imagine Berbarian Sound Studio could be up there for best director and best actor. Looper could easily get best director and best actor as well. Best actress, Charlize Theron for Young Adult? Also, Michael Fassbender is deserving of a Best Actor nod for being the only good thing in Prometheus

  • Comment number 99.

    I have to say that Looper is a film that deserves quite a few awards. I would say possibly Best Director. But the awards the film definitely deserves is Best Actor for Joseph Gordon Levitt, Best Supporting Actress for Emily Blunt, Best Makeup and Best Original Screenplay. Although I have yet to see them I think Wreck It Ralph will be nominated for Best Animated Film and Argo will probably sweep up a few Oscars as-well.

  • Comment number 100.

    Best Film -
    Best Director - Joe Wright for Anna Karenina or Joss Whedon for Avengers
    Best Actor Male - Andy Lau for A Simple Life or The Hunter Willem Dafoe
    Best Actor Female - Can I have Allison Janney for Liberal Arts?
    Best Foreign Film - About Elly or The Raid, (Barbara has been put forward)
    Best Documentary - Difficult between You've been Trumped, Samsara, and Marley

 

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