More awards have been given out; first by the Los Angeles Film Critics who selected on December 9th their winners and the American Film Institute announced their picks for the ten best films of 2012 today.
Although the L.A. critics selected Michael Haneke's "Amour" as the Best Film but they have put "The Master" back in the game by awarding the controversial film four awards including Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Director and Joaquin Phoenix as Best Actor. Another surprise was first-time actor, Dwight Henry's win for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Beasts of The Southern Wild" and the rare tie for Best Actress between eighty-five year old, Emmanuelle Riva for "Amour' and the twenty-two, Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook"
The AFI have probably selected most of the films that will round out the Best Picture category for this year's Oscars although I'm sure a few might lose their spot to either a foreign-language film, an indie or to a complete surprise nomination.
The complete list of the 2012 Los Angeles Film Critics winners:
Best Film: "Amour"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Actress (tie): Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" and Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Supporting Actor: Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"
Best Editing: Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"
Best Score: Benh Zeitlin & Dan Romer, Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Production Design: Jack Fisk, "The Master"
Best Animated Film: "Frankenweenie"
Best Documentary: "The Gatekeepers"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Holy Motors"
New Generation Award: Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
"BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD"
"THE DARK KNIGHT RISES"
"LIFE OF PI"
"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK"
"ZERO DARK THIRTY"