As you probably know, the Academy Awards are tonight (keep it tuned right here for a real-time update of all Oscar winners). Finally, after nearly two whole months into 2013 we'll finally get the official declaration of what is the "Best Picture" of 2012. Will it be one of the nine titles actually nominated, or will there be a coup in which The Avengers is named the winner in a landslide write-in vote? Okay, it will most certainly be the former. But which one? Probably Argo. Or maybe a Silver Linings Playbook upset.
Are either of those two titles truly the best picture of the year, though, in your opinion? Are any of the nine nominees (in case you forgot, the others are Django Unchained, Amour, Lincoln, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty)? It seems to me that, as is common, the Academy's pick(s) doesn't reflect the choice of most cinephiles. Perhaps it goes with Argo and you're certain that Beasts is the film most deserving of the award.
I never polled tweeters and readers about the best film of 2012, but I did post a midyear look at favorite films as of July. Back then a lot of the picks for best pic were titles that didn't make it to Academy consideration, such as Magic Mike, Killing Them Softly, Rust and Bone, The Cabin in the Woods, The Turin Horse, This Is Not a Film and Safety Not Guaranteed. Also, Moonrise Kingdom and The Avengers, both of which received only one nomination apiece, neither of them Best Picture. Beasts of the Southern Wild seemed to get the most love at the time, but is it still so enamored eight months later?
Many of the Best Picture nominees arrived in theaters after that posting. As did many other beloved films of the year, including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (the first of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth epics not to be nominated for Best Picture), Skyfall, Looper, Pitch Perfect, Dredd, The Master, Holy Motors and The Dark Knight Rises.
Personally, I'm still going with This Is Not a Film, which should have at least been nominated for Best Documentary Feature. As for those actually nominated: Amour.
What is truly the Best Picture of 2012?
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