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2012: Midday Movies Looks Back On The Best And Worst

Critics Evaluate The Year In Film

Credit: Fox Searchlight

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


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


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"

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