DFW Film Critics bestow 2012 awards

Posted on 18 Dec 2012 at 9:49am

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, a rough assemblage of about 30 print, online and broadcast film commentators from across the Metroplex (including yours truly), released the results of their annual poll this morning for their awards of the best of the year at the movies, and the big winner was Lincoln, taking five prizes. Here are the results for our collective picks (not mine, mind you, though I had my say as well — my own top 10 will come out next week) for 2012:

Best Picture: Lincoln came in first place, followed by Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Life ofPi and Les Miserables rounding out the top 5. Dallasite Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall, The Master and Beasts of the Southern Wild complete the top 10

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, with Steven Spielberg in second for Lincoln and Argo‘s Ben Affleck, Life of Pi‘s Ang Lee and Wes Anderson rounding out the top 5.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln. Following him were Joaquin Phoenix, The Master, John Hawkes, The Sessions, Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables and Denzel Washington, Flight.

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty, followed by Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, Helen Mirren, Hitchcock, Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, and a tie for fifth between Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Naomi Watts for The Impossible.

Best Supporting Actor: Texan Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln, then Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master, Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained, Alan Arkin, Argo and Robert DeNiro, SLP.

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln, then Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables, Amy Adams for The Master, Helen Hunt for The Sessions and Ann Dowd for Compliance.

Best Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty‘s Mark Boal, who also wrote The Hurt Locker for director Bigelow. He beat Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi, followed by Skyfall.

Best Musical Score: Lincoln.

Best Foreign Language Film: Amour, followed by A Royal Affair, The Intouchables, Holy Motors and The Kid with a Bike.

Best Animated Feature: ParaNorman, which features a gay character — though we only find out at the end. Frankenweenie came in second.

Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man beat out two gay-themed docs: Bully and How to Survive a Plague. The other two in the top 5 were West of Memphis and The Invisible War.

The Russell Smith Award, presented for outstanding in cutting-edge independent filmmaking (named for the late gay film critic for the Dallas Morning News), went to Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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