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The Films of 2012


It's been another year of movies, and so it's time for another round of The Matt Awards, the most-anticipated movie awards of the season (well, by me, anyway)!

Every year I pick the best in film, in various categories. Been doing this since 1997, when my Best Picture was Titanic. There are few mediums that resonate with a person better than film, and this is my way of acknowledging and keeping track of those movies, actors, actresses, directors, etc. that have had the greatest impact on me year-by-year.

2012 was a pretty good year for movies. It seemed to have a fairly diverse line-up, with a selection of styles and subject matter that could please nearly everyone. As it stands, I've seen every film from the past year that I have an interest in, and so here are the winners of the 2012 Matt Awards. Enjoy!

Best Picture: Cloud Atlas
Best Director: Ben Affleck, for Argo
Best Actor: Jack Black, for Bernie
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, for Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro, for Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench, for Skyfall
Best Documentary: Searching for Sugarman
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, for Skyfall
Best Original Score: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer, for Cloud Atlas
Best Original Song: Skyfall by Adele, for Skyfall
Best Screenplay: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer & Andy Wackowski (David Mitchell), for Cloud Atlas
Best Visual Effects: Cloud Atlas
Best Film Editing: Alexander Berner, for Cloud Atlas


And, that's it for another year!

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