Frank Awards 2012 – Part 2

And so, we continue with the best films of 2012, right now with the best categories and the best movies, so without further ado, here they are my picks in the many categories that we have left.

Best Performance, Acting, Ensemble

The winning ensemble of last year was for the incredible iranian film ‘Jodaeiye Nader az Simin’ (2011) that won many awards and top spots in critic circles, it’s an impressive and amazing film with wonderful performances from all the actors present.

The movies present here have magnifecent ensembles and work perfectly in the genre of films that need great ensembles to work. For example, we have the great and divisive film ‘Cloud Atlas’, which had a large and great cast, filled with stars and newcomers, as well as incredible performances, as well as the feat of playing different kinds of characters in each storyline. In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and in every other Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan (and more recently, every each other Nolan directed film) has an impressive cast of stars giving flesh to the best comic characters, and giving spectacular renditions of them to the public, how great are these Catwoman, Batman, Bane and many other incarnations, including the small bits, are filled with character. On its own, ‘Django Unchained’ has the best amount of supporting performances to make any other film fanatic crazy, with addition of many Tarantino classics and returners, as well as some nice surprises in small characters, it’s also a breakthrough for many of them in their crazy respective roles. The japanese film ‘Gyakuten saiban’ the actors portray the videogame characters in such a perfect and silly manner that it reminds you at every time that you are watching a movie version of the plot points and characters you know and love. Finally, the great amount of child actors, and at the same time inclusion of fan favorite actors who are always shining in their roles give ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ all the quirkiness and the beautiful moments that it has, the reunion we have here is one that delivers great acting.

So, the nominated casts are:

· Cloud Atlas
· The Dark Knight Rises
· Django Unchained
· Gyakuten saiban
· Moonrise Kingdom

And the best ensemble cast of the year is:

As you see in this impressive chart, you can see how the different actors and the different characters that they portray in all the different time periods, an impressive work from the directors and the actors at knowing what they must do here and there. and how their characters connect with each other, it’s the soul and the reason as to why ‘Cloud Atlas’ is a great film.

Best Performance, Acting, Female, Supporting

Last year I decided that the best actress in a supporting role was Sareh Bayat as Razieh in the iranian film ‘Jodaeiye Nader az Simin’ (2011), and it was her debut performance on film, impressively so, and at the same time, she hasn’t acted since in a movie and she seems to have no acting plans in the near future, let’s all hope that she goes back into action and blow us all away.

Anne Hathaway seems to be the sure winner of this category at the Oscars due to her portrayal in the ‘Les Misérables’ film, but I think that the superior role this year was the one she did in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ as Selina Kyle, the woman that would turn into the unnamed Catwoman, in a performance that mixes the sadness and the sexyness inherent to the role. Zoe Kazan has been acting for a while, but she made the big jump by writing and acting like a whimsical changing fictional character in the world of ‘Ruby Sparks’ playing the title character in a charming and sometimes going into the dark places of the mind of the writer, specially in the final scenes. This young japanese actress surely will be the talk of the town in years to come thanks to her impressive acting skills in ‘Gyakuten saiban’ playing the character of the psychic and weird looking/acting Mayoi Ayasato, played by Mirei Kiritani. Jo-min Soo plays a heartbreaking character in the impressively harsh and emotional south-korean film ‘Pieta’ in the role of Jang Mi-sun, the supposed mother of the protagonist and catalyst of the whole movie. The most enigmatic performance of the nominees is the one present in ‘Holy Motors’ where Edith Scob plays the driver of Lavant’s character called Céline, and her strength as well as calmness make it a perfect and beautiful performance.

So, the nominees are:

· Anne Hathaway as “Selina” in “The Dark Knight Rises”
· Zoe Kazan as “Ruby Sparks” in “Ruby Sparks”
· Mirei Kiritani as “Mayoi Ayasato” in “Gyakuten saiban”
· Jo Min-soo as “Jang Mi-sun” in “Pieta”
· Edith Scob as “Céline” in “Holy Motors”

And the winner is:

There is a silent manner and at the same time sadness about the portrayal of Selina done by Hathaway, and it’s also surprising how she managed to surpass any misconvictions regarding her choosing and casting for the timeless and always interesting dark criminal character. She plays it straight and never in a silly way, making it a strong performance that doesn’t need tears nor singing for it to be applauded and rewarded. She’s easily the best thing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Best Performance, Acting, Male, Supporting

The winner of this award last year was for the demonic and frightening performance of Ezra Miller in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ (2011), and this year he also made a supporting performance as Patrick in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ that was seen out of time for these awards, hence he can’t be nominated for it, but it’s a good performance, not a great one, but good.

The nominees of this year mix a few known faces for these awards and a good ‘newcomers’ that no one else would call new comers. Let’s start with an already winner of a Frank Award, but for best lead performance, I’m talking about Javier Bardem who won in 2010 for his performance in ‘Biutiful’ (2010), and that now is appearing again for his excellent and flamboyant performance as the Bond bad guy in ‘Skyfall’ called Silva, a man with a lot of faces and tricks, an entertaining performance from him. Michael Fassbender surprised me with a performance that grew on me as the time went on, playing a desesnsibilized android with certain strange sparks of feelings called David in the horror/sci-fi film ‘Prometheus’, an impressive performance from the man. Samuel L. Jackson simply steals the show in the latter half of the film ‘Django Unchained’ by physically changing and giving a hilarious and frightening performance as Stephen, a black servant with too many secrets and twists inside his own mind, a complex character played greatly. Here’s why I laugh so hard when I call him a newcomer, Tommy Lee Jones has given a great and impressive performance, giving the movie ‘Lincoln’ its best moments and scenes by playing the great, brave and talkative Thaddeus Stevens, a performance with twists and surprises. Finally we have a true favorite of the Frank Awards, he has now been nominated three times (including this one) for a Frank Award in acting, twice in supporting, once in lead, of course I’m talking about Christoph Waltz, who won in 2009 for ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009) and was nominated for best lead in 2011 for ‘Carnage’ (2011) and now he is nominated for another Tarantino movie on the role of Dr. King Schultz, giving a cold blooded performance mixed with a spiritual belief as well as a funny wit.

So, the nominees are:

· Javier Bardem as “Silva” in “Skyfall”
· Michael Fassbender as “David” in “Prometheus”
· Samuel L. Jackson as “Stephen” in “Django Unchained”
· Tommy Lee Jones as “Thaddeus Stevens” in “Lincoln”
· Christoph Waltz as “Dr. King Schultz” in “Django Unchained”

And the winning supporting performance is:

Christoph Waltz does it again! He is basically the reason to watch and love ‘Django Unchained’, his performance is perfectly rendered and made with such a strength that it puts the film in the right playful-serious mood in which it sits and shifts around. His skill and overall presence is enough to make it stand out, another great performance from this german actor that now more than ever is seeing his day in the light.

Best Performance, Acting, Female, Lead

The winner of this award last year was the great and deserving acting performance that was Kirsten Dunst’s in the film ‘Melancholia’ (2011), and in 2012 she kept busy by acting in 4 movies, but I really didn’t notice, I didn’t see ‘Charm’, nor ‘Bachelorette’ nor ‘On the Road’ and neither did I see ‘Upside Down’, well, let’s see if her 2013 movies fall into my radar this time.

This year the performances are loud and filled with emotion at every moment, this is more than any other year an award for the one who made me feel the most. For starters, we have Leticia Dolera, the beautiful spanish actress for her frightened and hysterical portrayal of Clara, the bride of the great horror movie ‘[REC]³ Génesis’. Then we have a made for television performance that surprised and won awards all across the board, of course I’m talking about Julianne Moore and her excellent portrayal of the candidate to the US Vice-presidency Sarah Palin, for the TV movie ‘Game Change’, it’s an affectionate performance, filled with great moments and at the same time it gives soul to what at that time was only a caricature. I’ve always had some kind of atraction the acting style and the face of Aubrey Plaza, and now that she has made her attempt at the big screen in a lead role, as the one she plays in ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ as Darius, you can tell that the charm is not indivisual and that she is a woman that can do a great amount of emotional conection with your soul and feelings, it’s an impressive performance from her. The oldest nominee of the bunch is, of course, the masterful performance of Emmanuelle Riva for the splendid masterpiece that is ‘Amour’, here she plays Anne in a movie that required her to make a hurting and damaging performance to the souls and minds of all the viewers, you can just tell how much strength and good acting went into the making of this film, and she is the most important part of it. Finally, we have another non-american actress aiming for the big prize, and that one is Noomi Rapace, who played Elizabeth Shaw for the horror movie ‘Prometheus’, and here I can feel her pain and remembrance of the past, as well as her intelligence when confronting the issues at hand.

So, the nominees are:

· Leticia Dolera as “Clara” in “[REC]³ Génesis”
· Julianne Moore as “Sarah Palin” in “Game Change”
· Aubrey Plaza as “Darius” in “Safety Not Guaranteed”
· Emmanuelle Riva as “Anne” in “Amour”
· Noomi Rapace as “Elizabeth Shaw” in “Prometheus”

And the winning woman is:

She is a powerful woman, her performance is heartbreaking, sometimes it’s just difficult to watch her act, specially in the later parts of the film, when she is going deeper and deeper into the sickness that she has been afflicted, and before that by the strength that she looks into the face of death and confronts it anyway. ‘Amour’ is a masterpiece thanks to her performance and the way that Emmanuelle Riva plays it thematically in concordance with the ‘love’ presented and theorized in the film.

Best Performance, Acting, Male, Lead

The winner of last year’s Frank Award for best lead acting was for the newcomer Thomas Doret in the french film ‘Le gamin au vélo’ (2011), a stupendous performance. During 2012 he made his second acting job in the french film ‘Renoir’ about the relation between the filmmaker Jean Renoir and his father, a film that wasn’t available for me to see.

Again this year we have another category entirely composed by newcomers to the Frank Awards, and some of them newcomers to the acting work, while others are veterans in this art. Jared Gilman is the definition of newcomer in the movie ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ playing the main kid named Sam who is in search of the love of his life in this performance that mixes quirk and heart at all times. One of the most complete and extraordinary performances comes from Denis Lavant in the always creative and surprising ‘Holy Motors’ where he plays a plethora of characters, playing doppeldangers and roles from different tidbits of films and realities, too many roles to mention in this paragraph. This is another film debut, the one of the chilean architect photographer Cristóbal Palma as the caretaker of an old house named Jerónimo in the great chilean film ‘Las Cosas Como Son’, it’s a menacing and at the same time strong lead performance. The other half of the masterpiece ‘Amour, the great classic french actor Jean-Louis Trintignant plays George with such a big strength and pain that it feels real and inside our hearts when we see it. Finally, there is the japanese actor Arata (yeah, that’s his name) who played with a historical accuracy as well as a deep understanding of the words that Yukio Mishima said in his private and public life in the Koji Wakamatsu film ’11·25 jiketsu no hi: Mishima Yukio to wakamono-tachi’.

So, the nominees are:

· Jared Gilman as “Sam” in “Moonrise Kingdom”
· Denis Lavant as “M. Oscar/Le banquier/La mendiante/L’OS de Motion-Capture/M. Merde/Le père/L’accordéoniste/Le tueur/Le tué/Le mourant/L’homme au foyer” in “Holy Motors”
· Cristóbal Palma as “Jerónimo” in “Las Cosas Como Son”
· Jean-Louis Trintignant as “Georges” in “Amour”
· Arata as “Yukio Mishima” in “11·25 jiketsu no hi: Mishima Yukio to wakamono-tachi”

And the winning male performance is:

What else could you possibly expect? Denis Lavant plays so many characters, but it’s not the quantity that it matters, because his strongest moments are when he is in his ‘normal’ mode, if it even exists, as Monsieur Oscar, where he speaks and looks out his limousine into the streets of Paris and reminds the old days, we see in his face the dilligence of his work and the love he has for the geste, as he calls it. What a beautiful presence for a beautiful movie, ‘Holy Motors’.

Best Screenplay, Adapted

The winner of last year’s award in this category was the great and always interesting Kevin Williamson, who wrote the perfectly rendered, referential and meta script for ‘Scream 4’ (2011), one of my favorite movies of last year. In 2012 he continued to write the episodes of his series “The Vampire Diaries” that he seems to love a lot.

The nominees here have used their inspirations greatly to craft stupendous and compelling scripts. The many layers upon layers of characters, stories, plans and overall adventure can be found in the work done stupendous by the team of writers behind ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, basing it on the Batman characters created by Bob Kane, as well as other comics from different writers, thanks to the construction on the hands of Christopher Nolan (2010 winner for ‘Inception’ (2010) in the original screenplay category), Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer. Basing it off the great series of videogames, in specific the first one, ‘Gyakuten saiban’ manages to translate not only the plot but also the visual quirks and an overall atmosphere of fun thanks to the writers Takeharu Sakurai and Sachiko Ôguchi. There is accuracy and then there’s drama, suspense, feelings and emotions, and I think the latter must come first when we think and talk about screenplays, no matter what they say about ‘Argo’, it’s a strong film thanks to its tight screenplay written by Chris Terrio, based on an article written by Joshuah Bearman. Every epic needs to be based on a book nowadays, and even if to some this was convoluted or confusing, for the great moments it had and for the scope it has, ‘Cloud Atlas’ manages to adapt the novel by David Mitchell in an intelligent and impressive manner, via the hands of the directors Lana and Andy Wachowski, as well as Tom Tykwer. Finally, the team composed of Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro make the first installment of a new trilogy memorable and epic at all times, as if we’re watching a fairy tale and a familiar yet unknown story at the same time, giving ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ the necesary Tolkienness by faithfully portraying J.R.R. Tolkien’s world and universe in his book ‘The Hobbit’.

So, the nominees are:

· Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer for “The Dark Knight Rises”, based on Batman characters by Bob Kane
· Takeharu Sakurai and Sachiko Ôguchi for “Gyakuten saiban”, based on the video game series
· Chris Terrio for “Argo”, based on the article “Escape from Tehran” by Joshuah Bearman
· Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski for “Cloud Atlas”, based on the novel by David Mitchell
· Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, based on the novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

And the winner/s is/are:

Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro manage to mix the initial parts of the novel with written records and notes by Tolkien to expand the universe and immerse us even more in the beautiful, scary and intriguing world of Middle Earth. ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ was one of the best movies of the year and the script makes a case for it.

Best Screenplay, Original

The winner of this prestigious award was the masterful script for the iranian film ‘Jodaeiye Nader az Simin’ (2011) written by the iranian maestro Asghar Farhadi, who didn’t work on anything during 2012.

Here we have a mix of written comedy, newcomers, old favorites, let’s take a look at this quirky but amazing list of nominated scripts. What could’ve been sweeter than the script of ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ for this inmensely curious palate of film watching, with its dialogue and events that mixed and matched up perfectly, the work of Wes Anderson (previously nominated in 2009 for his great ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (2009) alongside Noah Bumbauch in the best adapted screenplay) and Roman Coppola in shaping this world? Or who else could’ve imagined this universe of representation, lies, acting, movies, tragedies, death, life and fantasy as Leos Carax when he was writing his allegories, metaphors and above all greatness of script for the enigmatic ‘Holy Motors’? What could’ve possibly been better than writing a great script to have your name mentioned everywhere than with a great film like ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ and the now known name of Derek Connolly? How harsh and heartbreaking the words and actions of ‘Amour’ would be if Michael Hanake wouldn’t have written it with his own personal insight and feelings? Would’ve we got ‘Django Unchained’ if Quentin Tarantino didn’t exist, who already won a Frank Award in 2009 in this same award for his masterpiece ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009)?

And the nominees are:

· Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for ‘Moonrise Kingdom’
· Leos Carax for ‘Holy Motors’
· Derek Connolly for ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’
· Michael Haneke for ‘Amour’
· Quentin Tarantino for ‘Django Unchained’

And the winner is:

Quentin Tarantino wins again! He has now two Frank Awards in the same category regarding best original screenplays, and he deserves them because even if he takes inspirations from pop culture, movies and other sources, it’s still original in the sense that he puts these elements into motion in a different, creative and his own manner, the manner that he likes, he gets entertained about, and the one that every one of his followers like. Keep going!

Best Feature, Animated

Last year’s winner was ‘Rango’ (2011) a great animation with surreal touches, what do we have this year?

This year we have a weaker slate of films, sad to say. First, we have the stop motion chilean short animation ‘Bajo la luna’, that takes a letter from Lovecraft to give it spice and technique to what could’ve been another exercise on claymation. Then we have another chilean animation short, this time a 3D exercise called ‘The Chase’, that managed to get some attention for its dedicated visual style and overall motion style, it’s entertaining to watch. Then we have the japanese/american animation based on a videogame series ‘Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker’ that manages to have impressive 3D anime quality animation but a lackluster story. Then comes the japanese film ‘Gyo’, based on the manga by the horror master Junji Ito about mutant fish attacking Japan. Finally we have another chilean claymation film, this time feature length about the story of the real Robinson Crusoe, a feat of animation in latinamerica, ‘Selkirk, el verdadero Robinson Crusoe’.

So, the nominated films are:

· Bajo la luna
· The Chase
· Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
· Gyo
· Selkirk, el verdadero Robinson Crusoe

And the winning film is:

‘Gyo’ was in my list of the best movies of the year, and it’s a disgusting piece of animation that manages to make you sick and amaze you at the same time just because he is capable of doing just that: disgust you to an incredible way.

Best Feature, Chilean

The winner of this awards last year was the impressive and masterpiece film ‘Efectos Especiales’ (2011) that I fully recommend to everyone, it’s available online, what films do we have this year in this category?

First I must say that all the films here are great, a rare occurence where I usually have to fill the voids with any mediocre chilean film that I manage to see, but this year I managed to see a lot in festivals, retrospectives, premieres and an overall condition of mine to see every chilean movie of 2012 that I could get my hands on. For example, we have a great great great and at times scary fiction in ‘Las Cosas Como Son’ carrying an impressive lead performance. Or we have ‘De jueves a domingo’ a film that won many festivals around the world as well as capturing my heart with its romantic and memorable scenes of childhood. Or you can go with the documentary approach of the short yet juicy and at times profound ‘Las mujeres del pasajero’ that chronicles the stories of the working women of a motel, no, not those working women. Continuing with the documentaries, we have the Ignacio Agüero directed film ‘El otro día’ that chronicles an experiment of visiting the houses of those who knock on your door, an introspective, familiar and creative documentary every time that it passes. Finally, the english titled ‘Where the Condors Fly’ chronicles the filmmaking of the docummentary ‘Vivan las Antípodas!’ (2011) directed by Victor Kossakovsky with his unique persona, personal insight on filmmaking and above all the funniest character ever.

So, the nominated films are:

· Las Cosas Como Son
· De jueves a domingo
· Las mujeres del pasajero
· El otro día
· Where the Condors Fly

And the best chilean film of the year is:

‘Where the Condors Fly’ is a fascinating documentary that I can’t believe that was made by a chilean director, because of its scope, wide arrange of themes and overall beauty of how it was shot, edited and directed. Impressive.

Best Feature, Documentary

In the 2011 edition of the Frank Awards the best documentary was the great and inspiring crowd-produced film ‘Life in a Day’ (2011), will a documentary be so humane as that one this year?

Here we have a group of nominees that may sound familiar if you checked out the recent category, as three of them are chilean documentaries also nominated for best chilean movie, and those are: ‘Las mujeres del pasajero’, ‘El otro día’ and ‘Where the Condors Fly’. The other two nominated films are different in their own way and great at the same time: ‘La chica del sur’ is one of the most impressive and pleasant surprises that I saw all year, a documentary from Argentina that chronicles the present life of one of the most famous reunification figures of Korea. The other nominee is the crowdfunded ‘Indie Game: The Movie’ that follows two groups of developers and their games, their problems as well as managing to talk about creativity and inspiration for art, as videogames are.

So, the nominated films are:

· La chica del sur
· Las mujeres del pasajero
· Indie Game: The Movie
· El otro día
· Where the Condors Fly

And the winning film is:

‘Indie Game: The Movie’ is a masterpiece and that’s something I don’t say that often, I think. It’s one that inspires anyone who is in the creative world, it’s one of those films that can’t leave your head because it inspires and transpires any love for videogames or anything, it’s just a tale of inspiration.

Best Cinematical Moment

The best cinematical moment of 2011 was the end shot/sequence/narration of the chilean film ‘Efectos Especiales’ (2011), let’s see if we have something so memorable here. The nominees are:

· ‘Candyville Shootout’ in ‘Django Unchained’

· ‘Meeting Silva’ in ‘Skyfall’

· ‘Mercy’ in ‘Amour’

· ‘Monsieur Merde’ in ‘Holy Motors’

· ‘Surgery Abortion Machine’ in ‘Prometheus’

And the winning cinematical moment:

A reference, an ode, an acting feat, an impressive array of performances, great shots, an impressive start/zoom that turns into an ode to the scariest and silliest kind of movies. ‘Holy Motors’ has many great scenes, and any of them could’ve made the list and won this award, but this one is above of them all because it’s so deep and rich in many of its shots and consequences. Monsieur Merde, I hope to see your movie one day.

Best Direction

The award for best direction in 2011 went to the chilean director Bernardo Quesney for the film ‘Efectos Especiales’ (2011), that didn’t direct any films in 2012, but he is prepping his followup for a 2013 festival release, we are waiting!

The slate of directors this year is filled with directors with a huge and important career. For example, we have the french director Leos Carax nominated for his interesting and always appealing new film ‘Holy Motors’ that has been the critical darling during 2012 and with a reason, every scene is done with a meticulous perfection and love for cinema. The austrian director Michael Haneke has been named one of the best and most important directors working right now, and with reason, since his films are always precise in their direction, scope, adecuate use of revelation, framing and this time, a visual manifestation of the emotional pain that the characters are in ‘Amour’. The director that comes from New Zealand, Peter Jackson, has managed to craft a visual style and make it change and adapt to the new quirks and characters that ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ has to offer and that are different to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Christopher Nolan has already been nominated for a Frank Award in 2010 for his stupendous work on ‘Inception’ (2010) and this time he has the biggest and most complex narrative and layered game so far and his movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is just a testament to the interest in puzzle and complex filmmaking that he is always willing to give a try, and that he manages to become understandable through his framing and shooting style. Quentin Tarantino is the only one of the nominated directors that has already won a Frank Award, in 2009 he won for his masterpiece ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009) and now he manages to pull out a movie that seems directed by the grand western masters and at the same time it’s all Tarantino, great framing, zoom, everything.

So, the nominees are:

· Leos Carax for ‘Holy Motors’
· Michael Haneke for ‘Amour’
· Peter Jackson for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’
· Christopher Nolan for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
· Quentin Tarantino for ‘Django Unchained’

And the winner is:

Quentin Tarantino wins once again for best director, this time for the masterpiece ‘Django Unchained’, where he puts the camera, the movements, the quirks and the elements on the screen in the precise moment in time, gaining up tension in the most important parts and making it lighter for other moments, he is a master of the tone and here he nails it.

Best Feature, Narrative

The winner for last year’s Frank Award was the chilean film ‘Efectos Especiales’ (2011), a true and unexpected masterpiece, let’s see what 2012 has in store.

I’ve talked about these movies enough, let’s see the nominees.

· Amour
· The Dark Knight Rises
· Django Unchained
· The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
· Holy Motors

And the best movie of 2012 is:

‘Django Unchained’ is also one of the best westerns ever made, one of the most entertaining times at the movies in the last past two years and one of the defining moments for many people at the cinema, maybe just because they could finally understand what was behind the race problems in United States, and while you can’t ask a historical document from Tarantino, you can expect an emotional response to what happened in those years, and that is fine to me.

The most nominated movies:

· Django Unchained: 13 nominations
· The Dark Knight Rises: 9 nominations
· The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 9 nominations
· Holy Motors: 8 nominations
· Cloud Atlas: 7 nominations
· Moonrise Kingdom: 7 nominations
· Amour: 6 nominations
· Prometheus: 5 nominations
· Indie Game: The Movie: 4 nominations
· Skyfall: 4 nominations
· Las Cosas Como Son: 3 nominations
· Gyakuten saiban: 3 nominations
· 11·25 jiketsu no hi: Mishima Yukio to wakamono-tachi: 2 nominations
· Argo: 2 nominations
· The Avengers: 2 nominations
· La chica del sur: 2 nominations
· Life of Pi: 2 nominations
· Liu Rushi: 2 nominations
· Las mujeres del pasajero: 2 nominations
· El otro día: 2 nominations
· Safety Not Guaranteed: 2 nominations
· Sigur Rós: Fjögur píanó: 2 nominations
· Where the Condors Fly: 2 nominations

The movies with more Frank Awards:

· Django Unchained: 5 wins
· The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 3 wins
· Holy Motors: 3 wins
· Amour: 1 win
· The Avengers: 1 win
· Cloud Atlas: 1 win
· Don’t Click: 1 win
· The Dark Knight Rises: 1 win
· Gyo: 1 win
· Indie Game: The Movie: 1 win
· Moonrise Kingdom: 1 win
· Prometheus: 1 win
· Skyfall: 1 win
· Where the Condors Fly: 1 win

On to 2013!


2 responses to “Frank Awards 2012 – Part 2

  1. Another fabulous presentation Jaimie. You again give comprehensive attention to every vital category, and I do agree with you in several instances. I also love DJANGO UNCHAINED, as it made my Top 10. I also loved Denis Levant’s performance in HOLY MOTORS, but I still feel Day-Lewis was tops as lead actor. We remain far apart on LES MISERABLES, and on Anne Hathaway, who you honor for BATMAN, while I am fully with her for her unforgettable turn as Fantine. Tarantino was a very fine choice as director, I will agree with you there, but I would go with Ang Lee or Michael Haneke. Glad to see we agree on Riva for Best Actress! Waltz is an excellent choice for Supporting Actor, I can’t argue with you there, though Tom Holland, Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller were my own top choices. Interesting that you choose CLOUD ATLAS as Best Ensemble. Well, I will see the film again, but I found it mediocre that first time. But you are not the only person I know who loves it. My ensemble choices are LES MIZ, LINCOLN and PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

    Again, stupendous job here Jaimie!

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