Encore Awards: 2012

My official year in review, citing my favourites in various categories using the 80+ 2012 films I've seen.
The slate of winners and nominees for 2011 are HERE

regular categories

PICTURE
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
The Deep Blue Sea
Moonrise Kingdom
Oslo August 31st 
(extended thoughts on the ballot and the rest of the top 10 HERE)
DIRECTOR
Anna Karenina (Joe Wright)
The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
Tabu (Miguel Gomes) (Runner-Up)

(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

ACTOR
Garrett Hedlund in On the Road
Denis Lavant in Holy Motors
Anders Danielsen Lie in Oslo, August 31st
Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust and Bone (Runner-Up)
Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

ACTRESS
Greta Gerwig in Damsels in Distress
Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy (Runner-Up)
Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina
Naomi Watts in The Impossible
Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mikkel Følsgaard in A Royal Affair 
Jude Law in Anna Karenina
Ewan McGregor in The Impossible (Runner-Up)
Scott McNairy in Killing Them Softly
Eddie Redmayne in Les Misérables
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lizzie Caplan in Bachelorette
Sally Field in Lincoln (Runner-Up)
Gina Gershon in Killer Joe
Helen Hunt in The Sessions
Kerry Washington in Django Unchained
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Damsels in Distress
Looper
Moonrise Kingdom (Runner-Up)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Tabu

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
The Deep Blue Sea (Runner-Up)
Killing Them Softly
Oslo, August 31st
(extended thoughts on the writing categories HERE)

COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained (Runner-Up)
Lawless
Mirror Mirror

MAKEUP AND HAIR
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas (Runner-Up)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Holy Motors
Les Misérables

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas (Runner-Up)
Cosmopolis
The Deep Blue Sea
Moonrise Kingdom (details on makeup, costume and production design HERE)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anna Karenina (Runner-Up)
The Deep Blue Sea
Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

EDITING
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas (Runner-Up)
Killing Them Softly
Oslo, August 31st
Moonrise Kingdom

VISUAL EFFECTS
Cloud Atlas (Runner-Up)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Impossible
Life of Pi
Looper

SOUND EDITING
Brave
Frankenweenie
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Impossible (Runner-Up)
Life of Pi

SOUND MIXING
Anna Karenina (Runner-Up)
Killing Them Softly
Les Misérables
The Turin Horse
Zero Dark Thirty

ORIGINAL SONG
Django Unchained ("Ancora Qui")
Django Unchained ("Who Did That To You?")
Frankenweenie ("Strange Love") (Runner-Up)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ("Song of the Lonely Mountain")
Lawless ("Cosmonaut")

ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom (Runner-Up)

USE OF NON-ORIGINAL MUSIC
The Deep Blue Sea
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom (Runner-Up)
The Paperboy
Take This Waltz (details on the sound and music categories HERE)

miscellaneous categories

OPENINGS
Anna Karenina
The Deep Blue Sea (Runner-Up)
Killing Them Softly
Moonrise Kingdom
Oslo, August 31st

(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

ENDINGS
Damsels in Distress
The Deep Blue Sea
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Oslo August 31st (Runner-Up)
The Turin Horse 
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

MEMORABLE SCENES
Anna Karenina
The Deep  Blue Sea
The Impossible (Runner-Up)
Killing Them Softly
Les Misérables
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

FORGOTTEN CHARACTERS
Adam Brody in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Paul Dano in Looper
Samuel Joslin in The Impossible
Bill Magnussen in Damsels in Distress (Runner-Up)
Tilda Swinton in Moonrise Kingdom (extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

ENSEMBLE CAST
Anna Karenina
Damsels in Distress
Killer Joe
Moonrise Kingdom (Runner-Up)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

CASTING OF A FILM
Anna Karenina
Brave
Cloud Atlas
Killing Them Softly (Runner-Up)
The Paperboy
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)

AUDACIOUS CINEMA
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Holy Motors
Tabu (Runner-Up)
The Turin Horse
(extended thoughts on the ballot HERE)