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2012: Midday Movies Looks Back On The Best And Worst

Critics Evaluate The Year In Film

Above: "Beasts of the Southern Wild" wins a top spot on film critic Beth Accomando's year end list.

Aired 12/26/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Anders Wright, Film Critic for San Diego CityBeat and President of the San Diego Film Critics Society

Beth Accomando, KPBS Arts Reporter and Author of the blog Cinema Junkie


Transcript

KPBS Cinema Junkie's Beth Accomando and San Diego CityBeat's Anders Wright take a look at the films and performances from 2012.

Anders Wright's ten best came out yesterday and can be found at CityBeat. "Argo," "Django Unchained," and "Killing Them Softly" were among his top picks. Beth Accomando's year end review piece will come out on January 1 on Cinema Junkie. But at the top of her list are "Beasts of the Southern Wild," The Raid: Redemption," and "The Avengers."

Wright adds that it was a good year for actresses with Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty," Melanie Lynsky in "Hello I Must Be Going," and Michelle Williams in "Take This Waltz." Accomando cited genre films as high points with "Cabin in the Woods" and "Skyfall" deserving mention.

Accomando is also a voting member in the Broadcast Film Critics (awards to be telecast on January 10) and the Online Film Critics Society (awards to be announced on January 7).

The San Diego Film Critic award winners:

Best Picture: "Argo"

Best Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, "Take This Waltz"

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Supporting Actress: Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"

Best Foreign Language Film: "The Kid With a Bike"

Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"

Best Documentary: "The Invisible War"

Best Ensemble: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"

Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg, "Argo"

Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, "The Master"

Best Production Design: Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, "Cloud Atlas"

Body of Work Award: Greig Fraser, cinematographer, "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly" and "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Comments

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Missionaccomplished | December 28, 2012 at 4:42 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Excuse me, San Diego critics, but isn't "body of work" usually given out to actors or filmmakers for their career achievements and not for working on more than one movie that just happen to be released the same year?

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Missionaccomplished | December 28, 2012 at 4:43 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Best production design for CLOUD ATLAS over THE HOBBITT? But then again, it is hard to tell where the production design ends the the CGI begins.

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Missionaccomplished | December 28, 2012 at 4:50 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

ARGO is nothing but Affleck's very lame attempt to become an "important" actor/director. Miscasting himself as a nominal Hispanic real life CIA op, the story itself glosses over our horrendous little-known record in Iran to concentrate to the '79 hostage crisis as a basis for this "spy thriller."

The footnote about John Chambers were interesting to me, nonetheless, which I was unfamiliar with, even having read much material on the APES movies.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | December 29, 2012 at 11:09 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

Body of work is whatever an organization wants it to be. For the SDFCS it has always been for someone's work within a single year, it was meant to honor someone not for a lifetime achievement but rather for being especially productive and good in more than one film during a single year.

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Missionaccomplished | December 30, 2012 at 10:15 p.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

O . . . kay. That's a first.

I guess next time you guys can give a "Lifetime Achievement" Award to a director or performer making their film debut.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | December 31, 2012 at 8:53 a.m. ― 1 year, 8 months ago

FYI: I am not a member of the San Diego Film Critics Society so do not include me in "you guys."

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