Best Actress in a Comedic Role
This year's list for best actress in a comedy is full of smaller roles, which is quite pleasant. I love having the opportunity to recognize people in smaller roles, so I am glad that these actresses were able to shine in their respective performances. In fact, only one of the actresses on my list had a role as the main character. Enjoy...
#5-Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)
#4-Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed)
#3-Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust)
#2-Iris Apatow (This is 40)
#1-Catherine Zeta-Jones (Rock of Ages)
Best Actor in a Comedic Role
The entire comedic film world had a tough time getting going in 2012, which was very disappointing. Much like 2011, 2012 was dominated by one great comedy and accented by many other mediocre films. Fortunately, in these mediocre films, there were many hilarious performances that kept me laughing. There was just a struggle to put together an entire hilarious film. The following actors made me laugh my butt off this year, so kudos to them. I will say that this is the only acting category on my list that does not feature a child actor. So, to the male children of the world, start making me laugh!
#4-Sacha Baron Cohen (Les Miserables)
#3-Zach Galifianakis (The Campaign)
#2-Seth McFarlane (Ted)
Let me start by saying just how genius Seth McFarlane is. Was Ted the funniest movie of 2012? No. But, the fact that McFarlane could think this character up is a testament to how hilariously smart he is. I'm not even a huge Family Guy fan, but the clever nature of McFarlane's humor baffles me at times. He deserves the praise.
#1-Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street)
Best Actress in a Dramatic Role
When I started narrowing down this list, in early December, I had a hard time coming up with enough names to fill out a list. However, as December and January passed, I started having a hard time figuring out who to leave off! Kudos to the ladies who made this list, and I hope that future years contain this many amazing female performances...
#6-Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
#5-Noomi Rapace (Prometheus)
#4-Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
If you didn't enjoy crying while Anne Hathaway was singing "I Dreamed a Dream," then you should definitely steer clear of The Impossible. Naomi Watts was absolutely amazing in this role, and the film was even better. She did a great job of acting like a mother and made me care, as if she were my own. I highly doubt that you have, so go watch this movie!
#3-Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
#2-Sally Field (Lincoln)
#1-Anne Hathaway (Les Miserable)
Best Actor in a Dramatic Role
In a year that featured so many great dramatic films, it was very hard to narrow this list. Just like last year, it is the only list that recognizes seven performances/films. I hope that you agree, at least somewhat, with the list that I have compiled.
#7-Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
The Master had me confused from the moment it started, making it 2012's The Tree of Life. However, there was no denying the amazing acting in this film, lead by the oddly odd Joaquin Phoenix. His performance blew me away, even though I had no clue what the heck was going on. I don't know about you, but I think that defines talent.
#6-Tom Holland (The Impossible)
While Naomi Watts is receiving all of the praise for The Impossible, Tom Holland was the one that stole the show for me. Without Holland, Watts is nothing more than a woman who survived a tsunami. With Holland's great performance, you really care for both his and Watts' characters in the way that you would care for your son or mother. This young man has a great future ahead of him, so look out!
#5-Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
#4-Hugh Jackman (Les Miserable)
#3-Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
#2-Alan Arkin (Argo)
I was quite surprised with how great Argo turned out to be, and, while I have loved Alan Arkin in past roles, I have never seen him fit quite as well as he did in this film. His dry humor, accented by John Goodman, turned Argo into the film that Zero Dark Thirty longed to become. I had trouble defining this role as comedic or dramatic, but I decided on dramatic, because the role was not completely intended for humor. It was just genius to include the humor along with the ample amount of suspense that the drama brought about. Congratulations to Mr. Arkin for receiving all of the accolades that he has for this role. He is certainly deserving.
#1-Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
In case you haven't heard me complain about it to this point, 2012 was probably the worst year for comedies in like forever! As a result, the list for Best Comedy is extremely shallow this year. A comedy, for me, is a film that focuses solely on making you laugh, which is why a film like 50/50, from 2011, did not make the list as a comedy, but rather as a drama, because of the serious nature of the storyline. My views differ from that of The Academy and maybe filmmakers in general. They tend to think that, if you laugh once, the film must be a comedy. So, now that you know how I judge, you can check out my list for Best Comedy in 2012...
#1-21 Jump Street
Last year, I gave my top three comedic actor awards to three men from Horrible Bosses, and those performances locked up the 2011 Best Comedy award for Bosses. This year, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were able to accomplish the same for 21 Jump Street. I'm going to assume that most of you have seen the movie and agree with me that it is the best true comedy of 2012. No other comedy came anywhere close to touching this amazingly hilarious remake of the classic television show. I won't go on too much, because I have talked about this movie in almost every review of a comedic film, since March. I'm so glad to hear that a sequel is in the works, as I can't wait to see these two reunited for the sake of my laughing!
What 2012 lacked in comedy, it more than made up for in drama. As you may have heard, this year's Oscar race is slam packed with contenders, and no one can tell you for sure who is going to win. So many of the nominated films would have easily won best picture over the past few years, but they just picked a bad year to be great. Next year, we may see the mediocrity return. So, enjoy the greatness while it is still here, and make sure that you check these films out, when they hit the DVD shelves over the next few months. As for criteria, I just pick the films that I think were the best at being what they were meant to me. You wouldn't compare The Hangover to The Dark Knight, so why should they be judged on the same platform? My best drama list looks a bit different from the Oscar nominee list, as do all of my other lists. However, three of the nominees did make the list, and I encourage you to check them out. If more people would watch these films, rather than A Good Day to Die Hard, America would be a much nicer place!
#3-Silver Linings Playbook
#1-The Perks of Being a Wallflower
For the second year in a row, a quirky, funny, relatable film is topping my list for best drama! This year's choice was not as easy for me, but I am absolutely confident in my choice of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. As you know, I like to laugh at my drama, but I also like for it to be relatable. Out of the films on this list, Perks is certainly the most relatable for me, at my age. Don't let me lead you on, though. My life is not anywhere close to as dramatic as these character's, but they are relatable somehow. Now, for the biggest confession I have made on my blog ever, I will share, with you all, something that very few know. After falling in love with this film, I have begun to READ THE BOOK!!! If you don't know me, this isn't very exciting. But, if you do know me, you know how much I DON'T read. In fact, I believe this is the first time I have ever read a book AFTER watching the movie. I have never really seen a point in it, until this film. So, now you know how much I enjoyed this coming of age tale. Make sure to check it out, especially if you are a younger reader. I believe that you will greatly enjoy it!
Although I doubt you agree with my list 100%, I hope that you somewhat agree with it. If you do disagree, please comment with your opinions. I would be glad to hear them! If you read through each and every description for each actor/actress/film, you receive a gold star. If you scrolled through and just looked at the names, you saved a lot of time. I have reviewed many of the films on this list, so go check out what I had to say about each film, in more detail. Thanks for reading!