The Master. Personally, I'd rather watch grass grow than Les Miz, at least that wouldn't involve Russell Crowe trying to sing!
This has been a big year for comebacks, with everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Bradley Cooper turning in refreshingly good performances. In this vein, I was thrilled to see Joaquin Phoenix nominated for his fantastic performance in The Master. Sure, he'll probably lose out to Daniel Day-Lewis, but it's nice to see him back!
Without further ado, here are the winners:
This movie has a tinge of bittersweet, as all Wes Anderson movies do, but it is also one of the funniest movies of the year. For a more in-depth look at the movie, check out this great post by fellow Media Corner blogger Danielle.
Runner Up: Damsels in Distress. It took me about a half hour or so to adjust to the offbeat-ness of this movie, but its over the top strangeness eventually won me over. It's sort of like an upside down 80s college comedy.
Celeste and Jesse Forever. This movie doesn't really count as a rom-com in the traditional sense, since it's about two people getting divorced. It does manage to be the right mix of funny and moody, and has an incredible cast including Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Chris Messina. It's a great sleeper movie.
Mad Men. I was so disappointed when she quit her job at Sterling Cooper Draper Price, because we'd no longer get to see her incredible 60s office chic outfits!
Magic Mike. One of my favorite things about this movie was strip club owner Dallas's bizarro wardrobe choices. I particularly loved his Rudolph Nureyev-inspired workout getup with a cropped yellow t-shirts, short shorts, ballet flats, and a biking hat.
People Like Us, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Your Sister's Sister) and directed one (Jeff, Who Lives at Home). His Mindy Project co-star, Chris Messina appeared on three TV shows (The Mindy Project, Damages, and The Newsroom) and in four movies (Argo, Ruby Sparks, The Giant Mechanical Man, and Celeste and Jesse Forever). I'm glad both their careers are going so well!
Five-Year Engagement, Your Sister's Sister, Looper, and Salmon Fishing in Yemen. She's awesome, so I'm happy she's so ominpresent!
Lincoln. JGL plays Abe Licoln's son who really, really wants to fight in the Civil War. Sadly, the role required no dancing.
Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston is super cute; it's no wonder the guy has a million Tumblr pages devoted to him. However, it's a terrible shame that he is constantly fighting the hot by playing unlikeable characters like the evil, goth Scandinavian grasshopper impersonator Loki. He need to be in an Austen remake or something. And no, being in Miss Austen Regrets does not count!
Honorable Mention: I'm so happy Chris Pratt is getting such great roles lately! He was fantastic in the Five-Year Engagement and Zero Dark Thirty.
21 Jump Street. He proved himself capable of carrying a drama and made an even bigger name for himself in Steven Soderberg's Magic Mike. But my favorite performance by him this year was in another Soderberg film, Haywire.
Runner Up: Bradley Cooper. I've always found Cooper to be a little bit bland, but I was totally blown a way by his performance in the Silver Linings Playbook. Next year he's appearing in A Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling, which looks like an edgier and darker role for him. Well done, B.Coop!
Best Soundtrack: Celeste and Jessie Forever. I know that I'm the only person who saw this movie, but I can't help wishing the soundtrack had been released to CD. It has a ton of great stuff on it, including Shabazz Palaces, ESG, and Lily Allen. Check out the list on iTunes.
*No offense to Mr. Duhamel. He was actually pretty good in Life as We Know It. Not that I'm admitting to having watched that.