Simon Abrams 2012

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Simon Abrams is a native New Yorker and freelance film critic. He regularly contributes to the Village Voice, and has had writing featured in outlets like Esquire, Time Out New York, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, the AV Club, and your mom.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. The Master
2. Killer Joe
3. Holy Motors
4. Dark Horse
5. Cosmopolis
6. Moonrise Kingdom
7. Detention
8. It’s Such a Beautiful Day
9. Samsara
10. This Must Be the Place

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
3. Denzel Washington, Flight
4. Sean Penn, This Must Be the Place
5. Jack Black, Bernie

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Aggeliki Papoulia, Alps
2. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
3. Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
4. Ariane Labed, Attenberg
5. Gina Carano, Haywire

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
2. Clarke Peters, Red Hook Summer
3. Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
5. Michael Shannon, Premium Rush

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Shirley Maclaine, Bernie
2. Amy Adams, The Master
3. Lea Seydoux, Sister
4. Frances McDormand, This Must Be the Place
5. Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Direction
1. William Friedkin, Killer Joe
2. Don Hertzfeldt, It’s Such a Beautiful Day
3. Joseph Kahn, Detention
4. Panos Cosmatos, Beyond the Black Rainbow
5. Rian Johnson, Looper

Best Screenplay 
1. Joseph Kahn and Mark Palermo, Detention
2. David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis
3. Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello, This Must Be the Place
4. Ira Sachs and Mauricios Zacharias, Keep the Lights On
5. Rian Johnson, Looper

Best Cinematography 
1. Ron Fricke, Samsara
2. Mihai Malamare Jr., The Master
3. Christopher Probst, Detention
4. Norm Li, Beyond the Black Rainbow
5. Robert D. Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Editing
1. Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, Samsara
2. Leslie Jones and Peter McNulty, The Master
3. David Blackburn, Detention
4. Affonso Goncaves, Keep the Lights On
5. Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Flight

Best Music 
1. Arthur Russell, Keep the Lights On
2. Don Hertzfeldt (presumably), It’s Such a Beautiful Day
3. David Byrne and Will Oldham, This Must Be the Place
4. Alexandre Desplat, Moonrise Kingdom
5. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Lawless

Best Cinematic Moment 
1. Molly Malone, The Deep Blue Sea
2. Introductory scene, It’s Such a Beautiful Day
3. David Byrne performs “This Must Be the Place,” This Must Be the Place
4. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand stare at the ceiling, Moonrise Kingdom
5. Flashback Freakout, Beyond the Black Rainbow
6. Coffee shop talk, Looper
7. Starclaw, Detention
8. Courtroom interrogation, Bernie
9. Proposed imaginary finale, Seven Psychopaths
10. Emergency C-section, Prometheus

Best Cinematic Breakthrough 
1. William Friedkin, Killer Joe
2. Panos Cosmatos, Beyond the Black Rainbow
3. Don Hertzfeldt, It’s Such a Beautiful Day
4. Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On
5. Joseph Kahn, Detention

Best Body of Work 
1. Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike, Haywire)
2. Bruce Willis (Looper, Moonrise Kingdom)
3. Alexandre Desplat (Rust and Bone, Argo, Moonrise Kingdom)
4. France McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom, This Must Be the Place)
5. Harry Dean Stanton (Seven Psychopaths, The Avengers, This Must Be the Place)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Seven Psychopaths
2. Moonrise Kingdom
3. Django Unchained
4. Killer Joe
5. Haywire

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2002
1. Russian Ark
2. Punch-Drunk Love
3. The Son
4. Spider
5. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1987
1. Robocop
2. Wings of Desire
3. King Lear
4. Straight to Hell
5. House of Games

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1962
1. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
2. Ivan’s Childhood
3. Advise and Consent
4. Ride the High Country
5. The Manchurian Candidate

Special Award: Best Film of the 1970s
1. That Obscure Object of Desire
2. Stalker 
3. Taxi Driver
4. Solaris
5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
6. The Spider’s Stratagem
7. The Conversation
8. A Clockwork Orange
9. The Conformist 
10. Alien

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