So the Mayans were wrong and somehow we have reached the end of the year and it’s expected that I’m supposed to do some Best of/Worst of List of the 200+ movies/DVDs I’ve seen in 2012 and well, that’s just not me. Plus I collaborated with two other people on an article for someone else and I didn’t feel like repeating myself. Since the Academy Awards and Golden Globes usually get it wrong every year, I’m gonna give out my own awards. Those awards go to mainstream, theatrical released films and yes I like those types of films too, I also have to watch hundreds of smaller films that many miss out on. The following is my choices for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting, Best Screenplay, and a few made up categories, etc. But unlike those awards, I might not even pick a winner because as they say “It’s an honor just to be nominated.” Here come the Murraymaker Awards for 2012:
Best Supporting Actor:
John Goodman – Flight/Argo/ParaNorman/Trouble with the Curve
Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike/Bernie/Killer Joe
Alan Arkin – Argo
Tommy Lee Jones/James Spader/John Hawkes – Lincoln
Richard Jenkins/Bradley Whitford – The Cabin in the Woods
If forced to pick, I gotta go Goodman. He steals Flight and Argo and had a monster 2012 including great appearances on Community. The supporting cast of Lincoln was fantastic as a whole so I chose them as a whole and Jenkins/Whitford in Cabin together are hilarious. And McConaughey was definitely more than just alright, alright, alright in 2012.
Best Supporting Actress:
Melissa McCarthy – This is 40
Zoe Kazan – Ruby Sparks
Sally Field – Lincoln
Kristin Scott Thomas – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
McCarthy has a limited role, but is fantastic (especially the end credits). Field got Mrs. Lincoln’s mannerisms down perfectly. Thomas brought humor to a much underappreciated film and Kazan put herself on the Hollywood map. Because of that, no winner, all deserve the prestige of my award.
Best Original Screenplay:
Ted – Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
The Cabin in the Woods – Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon
This is 40 – Judd Apatow
Seven Psychopaths – Martin McDonagh
God Bless America – Bobcat Goldthwait
Every single film is one I will watch over and over again. Each is clever in their own way whether poking fun, restyling a genre or taking shots at pop culture. I just can’t pick between Ted and Cabin so I’m gonna go Youth Soccer style and everyone gets a participation ribbon!
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Argo – Chris Terrio
Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Goon – Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg
Sleepwalk With Me – Mike Birbiglia, Joe Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Seth Barrish
Perks and Sleepwalk are adapted from source material by the writers themselves. Goon is great and I love watching movies about people with messed up mindsets (Silver Linings). But the best film of the year is Argo and Terrio wrote a fantastic script.
Most Underrated Films of 2012:
The Five-Year Engagement
Friends with Kids
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Safety Not Guaranteed
God Bless America
No winner here, just wanted readers to maybe check out a few films that might have fallen through the cracks.
Worst Performance of the Year:
Rihanna – Battleship
Chelsea Handler – This Means War
Kristen Stewart – Snow White & the Huntsman
The Cast of The Watch
Miley Cyrus – LOL
The winner is all of them for getting a paycheck. Clearly anyone who has seen these movies is the biggest loser in all of this.
Best Surprise Performance:
Dylan McDermott – The Campaign
Vanilla Ice – That’s My Boy
Bas Rutten – Here Comes the Boom
Sam J. Jones – Ted
I’ve always thought McDermott was a very good actor, but had no idea he could be that funny. Vanilla Ice, yes THAT Vanilla Ice is hilarious in the Sandler film more people need to check out. Rutten, the former MMA star, absolutely steals the Kevin James film that more people need to check out. And Sam J. Jones reprises his role of Flash Gordon and parties 80’s style with Marky Mark and a teddy bear.
Leslie Mann – This is 40
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Meryl Streep – Hope Springs
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Emily Blunt – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
All great performances, but only one was sexy, funny and got a mammogram on screen because that’s what you do at age 40. Because she abused her “golden globes” for our entertainment, Leslie Mann wins. Don’t cry Jennifer Lawrence, I will still marry you.
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Liam Neeson – The Grey
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Hawkes gave the most physically demanding performance. Neeson fought wolves and it was glorious. Cooper is always charming. But without a doubt the winner is DDL. Although I didn’t love the film about our 16th president, I can’t deny he WAS Lincoln. He literally looked like the guy on the penny. (Honorable mention: Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises Because he is Christian Bale).
I could throw up a bunch of pretenders for the Best Film category, but Best means Best, not second or third. The Best Film of the year is Argo. It’s dramatic, funny, well written, well acted, looked great and proved Ben Affleck could do a non-Boston film.
If any of my winners would like to pick up their awards, please contact me and we can set up some sort of arrangement. 2012 was a pretty solid year for entertainment. We saw the end of Twilight (yahoo!!!), the rise of The Hunger Games (boo!!!), The Hobbit way too fast (48 FPS is a joke technology at this point in time) and the news of Star Wars 7 (yes, boo, I’m not sure, let me hear about the story first). Here’s to an even better 2013!
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