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Daniel Cook Johnson is a Raleigh-based blogger, freelance writer, and all around movie lover. Daniel loves the films of Scorsese, Welles, Altman, Kurosawa, and the Coen brothers among many others, and is glad that Woody Allen actually made another great movie.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. “The Master”
2. “Holy Motors”
3. “Argo”
4. “Bernie”
5. “Skyfall”
6. “Lincoln”
7. “Samsara”
8. “Moonrise Kingdom”
9. “Looper”
10. “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”)
2. Denis Lavant (“Holy Motors”)
3. Jack Black (“Bernie”)
4. Matthew McConaughey (“Killer Joe”)
5. Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”)

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”)
2. Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”)
3. Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”)
4. Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
5. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed”)

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”)
2. Michael Shannon (“Premium Rush”)
3. Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”)
4. Javier Bardem (“Skyfall”)
5. Sam Rockwell (“Seven Psychopaths”)

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables”)
2. Amy Adams (“The Master”)
3. Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
4. Emma Watson (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”)
5. Judi Dench (“Skyfall”)

Best Direction
1. Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”)
2. Richard Linklater (“Bernie”)
3. Ben Affleck (“Argo”)
4. Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”)
5. Sam Mendes (“Skyfall”)

Best Screenplay
1. Paul Thomas Anderson (“The Master”)
2. Tony Kushner (“Lincoln”)
3. Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
4. Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”)
5. Michael Haneke (“Amour”)

Best Cinematography
1. Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi”)
2. Roger Deakins (“Skyfall”)
3. Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
4. Mihai Malaimare Jr. (“The Master”)
5. Ben Richardson (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)

Best Editing
1. Leslie Jones & Peter McNulty (“The Master”)
2. Stuart Baird (“Skyfall”)
3. William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor (“Zero Dark Thirty”)
4. William Goldenberg (“Argo”)
5. Alexander Berner (“Cloud Atlas”)

Best Music
1. Jonny Greenwood (“The Master”)
2. “Not Fade Away” (not sure how to credit this)
3. Alexandre Desplat (“Argo”)
4. Thomas Newman (“Skyfall”)
5. Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Denis Lavant leading a marching band of accordion players down the street in “Holy Motors.”
2. The beach scene in “The Master” featuring Joaquin Phoenix and a nude lady made out of sand.
3. The opening pre-credits sequence in “Skyfall” that encompasses a chaotic car chase, a motorcycle chase over rooftops, a bulldozer demolishing a train carriage while in transit, and a hand to hand fight on top of said train.
4. The time lapse aerial footage of thousands of Muslim pilgrims circling the holiest shrine in Islam, the Qaaba in “Samsara.”
5. Michael Shannon’s “suck it” speech in “Premium Rush.”
6. Tom Hanks as a Cockney gangster turned author throwing a snooty literary critic over a high-rise balcony to his death at a book release party because of a bad review in “Cloud Atlas.”
7. Jennifer Lawrence finishing her winning argument to De Niro and taking a big swig of her Budweiser in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
8. John Magaro saying “What kind of movie is this? Nothing happens.” when going with his girlfriend Hethcoteto to see Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 pop art classic “Blow Up” in “Not Fade Away.”
9. The kids in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” letting David Bowie’s “Heroes” wash over them as they take a night drive.
10. The K-Fry-C scene in “Killer Joe.”

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Stephen Chbosky (Writer/Director: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”)
2. Nicholas Jarecki (“Arbitrage”)
3. David Chase (“Not Fade Away”)
4. Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”)
5. Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”)

Best Body of Work
1. Matthew McConaughey
2. Jennifer Lawrence
3. Mark Duplass
4. Chris Messina
5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Best Ensemble Performance
1. “The Avengers”
2. “Zero Dark Thirty”
3. “Seven Psychopaths”
4. “Argo”
5. “Les Misérables”

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2002
1. “About Schmidt”
2. “Adaptation”
3. “Punch-Drunk Love”
4. “Gangs of New York”
5. “25th Hour”

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1987
1. “Raising Arizona”
2. “The Untouchables”
3. “Broadcast News”
4. “The Princess Bride”
5. “Wall Street”

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1962
1. “The Manchurian Candidate”
2. “Lawrence of Arabia”
3. “Cape Fear”
4. “Jules et Jim”
5. “Dr. No”

Special Award: Best Film of the 1970s
1. “The Godfather: Part II”
2. “The Long Goodbye”
3. “Taxi Driver”
4. “Chinatown”
5. “Harold and Maude”
6. “All The President’s Men”
7. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
8. “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”
9. “Manhattan”
10. “Badlands”

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