Sight + Sound’s Best of 2012

By Kirsten Anderson Awards

December at last, the month of nominations and critics’ lists! Today we have an early entry into the latter category. Long-running British film magazine “Sight + Sound” did their annual poll of about 100 critics, and as you’ll see below, American movies are well-represented. Does it say anything for the upcoming awards and nominations? Maybe a little–I was just thinking the other day about how in September, “The Master” could not have been hotter, with everyone considering it a Best Picture frontrunner, with Best Director, Actor, and Supporting Actor practically sewn up as well. Now it feels like no one has mentioned it for a few months. But if it keeps landing at the top of critics’ lists, maybe the buzz will return.

There are other titles on this list you can expect to see throughout the awards season–”Amour,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,: “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Holy Motors,” “Beyond the Hills.” Don’t get your hopes up, Pattinson fans–”Cosmopolis” is only going to show up on the artiest lists (or maybe the Golden Globes, so they can get the star power).

Here’s the list:

1. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA) (review)
2. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, Portugal/Germany/France) (review)
3. Amour (Michael Haneke, France/Germany/Austria) (review)
4. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, France/Germany) (review)
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, USA) (review)
= Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, UK/Germany) (review)
7. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, USA) (review)
8. Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu, Romania/France/Belgium) (review)
= Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, Canada/France/Portugal/Italy) (review)
= Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/Bosnia & Herzegovina) (review)
= This is Not A Film (Jafar Pahani & Mojtaba Mirtahmaseb, Iran) (review)

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