3 January 2013

The Danland Awards - 2012

They’re here! The 2012 installment of the Danland Awards. There’s not much to say, other than listed below are some of the best (and occasionally worst) achievements in film over the past year. Seeing as I have already compiled both best and worst of lists, there is no category for Best Picture or Worst Picture. They are now moot points. I have also decided to omit animated film from this year’s proceedings, as I only saw a few, and none of them were overly impressive (“The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists” would have won had I chosen not to delete the category). Everything else is much the same. Enjoy. BOLD DENOTES THE WINNER. 

Best Actor

Liam Neeson – The Grey
Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Seann William Scott – Goon
Matthew McConaughey – Killer Joe

Best Actress 

Meryl Streep – Hope Springs
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Charlize Theron – Young Adult
Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Kara Hayward - Moonrise Kingdom 

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Ezra Miller – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Michael Fassbender – Prometheus
Bruce Willis - Looper

Best Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt – Looper
Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
Olivia Thirlby – Dredd
Juno Temple – Killer Joe
Judi Dench – Skyfall 

Best Ensemble Cast

The charming mix of kids and superstars in Moonrise Kingdom
The bitchy egotistic superheroes of The Avengers
The panic-ridden hostages and stoic Affleck of Argo
The zany crew of Seven Psychopaths
The knowingly frightened teens of The Cabin in the Woods 

Best Comedic performance by an actor

Adam Sandler – That’s My Boy
Mark Wahlberg – Ted
Sam Rockwell – Seven Psychopaths
Channing Tatum – 21 Jump Street
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Dictator 

Best Comedic performance by an Actress

Emily Blunt – The Five-Year Engagement
Amy Adams – The Muppets
Ari Graynor – For a Good Time, Call…
Kate Beckinsale – Total Recall
Selena Gomez – Hotel Transylvania  

Most annoying/worst/who cast this fucker performance by an actor

Justin Theroux – Wanderlust
Diego Boneta – Rock of Ages
Oliver Cooper – Project X
Ciaren Hinds – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Chuck Norris – The Expendables 2 

Most annoying/worst/ who cast this fucker performance by an actress

Tara Reid – American Reunion
Cody Horn – Magic Mike
Rosamund Pike – Wrath of the Titans
Tara Lynne Barr – God Bless America
Violante Placido – Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance 

Most annoying/ worst/ who cast these fuckers performance by an ensemble

The reprobates of Project X
The entirety of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
The cast of War Horse flailing worthlessly with a god-awful script
The unfunniest supposedly funny cast of all time in The Watch
Anybody who isn't Tom Cruise or Paul Giamatti in Rock of Ages 

Best Director

Ben Affleck – Argo
Chris Nolan- The Dark Knight Rises
Joe Carnahan – The Grey
Josh Trank – Chronicle
David Ayer – End of Watch

Best Original Screenplay

David Caspe - That’s My Boy
Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard -The Cabin in the Woods 
Rian Johnson - Looper
Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan -Shame
Wes Anderson - Moonrise Kingdom

Best Adapted Screenplay

Jonathan Nolan & Chris Nolan -The Dark Knight Rises
Joss Whedon - The Avengers
Chris Terrio - Argo
Joe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers -The Grey
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook 

Best Cinematography

The Grey
Life of Pi
The Dark Knight Rises 

Best Musical Score or Soundtrack

Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Rises
Thomas Newman & Various Artists - Skyfall
Marc Streitenfeld & Various Artists -The Grey
Danny Elfman &Various Artists - Silver Linings Playbook
Howard Shore - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 

Best Editing

The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Jack Reacher 

Best Special Effects

Life of Pi
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Avengers 

Best Production Design

Life of Pi
Total Recall
The Woman in Black

Best Costume Design

Moonrise Kingdom
Magic Mike
Men in Black 3
Wrath of the Titans
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 

An Article by Daniel Kelly, 2012


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