2012 was a very good year for movies, ‘though for a while there it looked like it was going to fall just shy of that. In compiling my top ten for the year, I usually have to dip into the films I rate as low as 7 out of 10, but this year I saw fourteen movies I rated 8 or better.

Alas, there were no 10s. I haven’t given a movie a 10 rating since 1991 (Beauty and the Beast).

My Ten Best Films of 2012:

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  2. Les Miserables
  3. Django Unchained
  4. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  7. Lincoln
  8. Ruby Sparks
  9. The Hunger Games
  10. Silver Linings Playbook

Honorable mention (Films also receiving ratings of 8 out of 10): Celeste & Jesse Forever, Argo, Looper, Moonrise Kingdom.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln. Honorable mention: Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games. Honorable mention: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actor: Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Honorable mention: Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables. Honorable mention: Amy Adams, Trouble with the Curve.

Most likely DVD purchase: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen even though I already have The Hunger Games.

Best Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect.

Fell in love with: Anna Camp in Pitch Perfect. And Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror. And (almost) Julianne Hough in Rock of Ages.

Trending upward: Butterfinger Bites.

Trending downward: Seats in the Cannery Theater.

Unexpected pleasure: Pitch Perfect and Rock of Ages.

Disappointment: Anna Karenina.

Films I saw when I was the only person in the theater: The Lorax and Django Unchained.

Best chase sequence: The goblin cave in The Hobbit.

Most desired of unlikely sequels: Two for the Dough (sequel to One for the Money).

Least desired of likely sequels: Think Like a Man. Ted a close second.

Best older movie I saw in 2012: Before Sunset (2004).

Best foreign-language film I saw in 2012: Kamome Shokudo (thanks A!).