The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a proud member has once again released its winners for the WAFCA Awards. After nominating a wide range of films and actors for the usual categories the winners were announced this morning, and while I didn't agree with all of them there's definitely some great choices in here.
The winner of Best Pictures was Zero Dark Thirty, which is definitely a thrilling and well made triumph though was far from my choice for best film. Daniel Day-Lewis may not be a surprise for Best Actor, but I was hoping that Jaquin Phoenix's truly profound performance in The Master would be better remembered as it was easily the best performance of the year.
I do strongly support Anne Hathaway's win for Best Supporting Actress and ParaNorman's win for Best Animated, because it was awesome and not a Pixar film. Also, Rian Johnson getting some love for the beautifully constructed Looper in the form of Best Screenplay is definitely a big thumbs up.
The two things I'm really upset about are Roger Deakins not getting the nod for his impeccable cinematography in Skyfall and Javier Bardem losing out to Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Master for Best Supporting. In fact the lack of Skyfall in general is just preposterous. If this were the Matt Razak Awards for Best Things Ever all of them would go to Skyfall.
Check out all the awards below.
THE 2012 WAFCA AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Best Acting Ensemble: Les Misérables
Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson (Looper)
Best Animated Feature: ParaNorman
Best Documentary: Bully
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Art Direction: Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup - Production Designers; Peter Walpole, Rebecca Alleway - Set Decorators (Cloud Atlas)
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
Best Score: Jonny Greenwood (The Master)
The Joe Barber Award for Best Youth Performance: Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
The 2012 WAFCA AWARD NOMINEES WERE:
Best Film: Argo Les Misérables Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director: Ben Affleck (Argo) Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) John Hawkes (The Sessions) Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) Denzel Washington (Flight)
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin (Argo) Javier Bardem (Skyfall) Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams (The Master) Samantha Barks (Les Misérables) Sally Field (Lincoln) Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Best Acting Ensemble: Argo Les Misérables Lincoln Moonrise Kingdom Zero Dark Thirty
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio (Argo) David Magee (Life of Pi) Tony Kushner (Lincoln) Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) Rian Johnson (Looper) Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom) Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Animated Feature: Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman Rise of the Guardians Wreck-It Ralph
Best Documentary: Bully The Imposter The Invisible War The Queen of Versailles Searching for Sugar Man
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour The Intouchables I Wish A Royal Affair Rust and Bone
Best Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood - Production Designer; Katie Spencer - Set Decorator (Anna Karenina) Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup - Production Designers; Peter Walpole, Rebecca Alleway - Set Decorators (Cloud Atlas) Eve Stewart - Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson - Set Decorator (Les Misérables) Rick Carter - Production Designer; Jim Erickson - Set Decorator (Lincoln) Adam Stockhausen - Production Designer; Kris Moran - Set Decorator (Moonrise Kingdom)
Best Cinematography: Danny Cohen (Les Misérables) Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi) Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master) Roger Deakins (Skyfall) Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Score: Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) Howard Shore (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) John Williams (Lincoln) Jonny Greenwood (The Master) Alexandre Desplat (Moonrise Kingdom)
Best Youth Performance: Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom) Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom) Tom Holland (The Impossible) Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
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