The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Picture Winner

Best Picture Winner

Here we go folks, we’ve reached the end of the line. The last MAJOR Award of 2012 is the biggest. The best movie of the year.

The Nominees are: “Argo”, “The Avengers”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Django Unchained”, “The Impossible”, “Life of Pi”, “Lincoln”, “Looper”, “Skyfall”, and “Zero Dark Thirty”.

Best Picture Nominees

Click through to see which of these fantastic films won the title of Best Picture of the year!

“Skyfall”

Skyfall

In a year full of spectacular blockbusters, no other movie impressed me as much as “Skyfall”.

In every year, you’re guaranteed to get a certain number of funny comedies, and a handful of moving dramas… but truly great action films can skip years entirely, and its rare when we get more than one (although that’s certainly not the case this year). “Skyfall” is truly great. It’s the rare breed of actioner that engages your brain when it’s not taking your breath away. It features great acting and fantastic cinematography, attributes which most action movies certainly aren’t known for. But action is first and foremost, and the action in “Skyfall” is incredible. From the intense pre-title sequence, to the incredible courtroom shootout, to the atmospheric final assault on Bond’s boyhood home, “Skyfall” is brimming with adrenaline charged sequences, each with a distinct tone and flavor.

In the midst of all the fantastic action are the great characters. Daniel Craig is being hailed as one of the best (if not the best) Bonds in the franchise’s 50 year history. Judy Dench returns as M, the character that she’s elevated far beyond what she inherited (apologies to Bernard Lee and Robert Brown). New versions of old characters are introduced with Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw. Ralph Fiennes shows up in a key role. But perhaps no one contributes as much as Javier Bardem, who creates one of the greatest villains in the history of the franchise with his flamboyant, menacing Raoul Silva. It’s a phenomenal cast, and together they prove more than capable of delivering the dramatic elements of the film.

It all comes together expertly under the direction of Sam Mendes, who creates the most visually striking Bond film ever. From the neon of Shanghai, to the casino lights of Macau, to the orange glow of the burning house on the moors in the finale, “Skyfall” frequently delivers gorgeous images. Cinematographer Roger Deakins has deservedly been nominated for an Academy Award here.

Coinciding with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, “Skyfall” is easily one of the best Bond films ever. For 2012, it’s also the best film of the year.

The others, were great, too. “Argo” recreated a harrowing true story in the tensest way possible. “The Avengers” was the very epitome of Superhero Team movie… it’ll will be difficult for any future team ups that follow to top it. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was a beautiful, thought-provoking film that is all the more miraculous considering it was a first time effort for nearly everyone involved. “Django Unchained” was Tarantino doing what he does best. Offering us a bloody, violent, controversial revenge flick. “The Impossible” puts you right in the middle of the horrifying natural disaster that was the Indian Ocean tsunami, and let’s you feel every moment of it. “Life of Pi” was inspirational and gorgeous, and will leave you pondering your own faith after you leave, while “Lincoln” was historical drama at its finest, and included a legendary performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. “Looper” provided top-notch Sci Fi entertainment featuring two A List stars, and “Zero Dark Thirty” kept you on the edge of your seat, telling the story of the search for Osama Bin Laden.

SkyfallLeg LampBut none of them could match the power of “Skyfall”, which mixed action and drama expertly to create the year’s most entertaining, exceptional, action-packed film.

“Skyfall”, the FMR Major Award winner for Best Picture for 2012.

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Daniel Fogarty

86 thoughts on “The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Picture Winner

  1. 100% agreed. I loved this movie. For me, it rejuvenated my love for the Bond series all over again. Daniel Craig brings a darker edger Bond that is refreshing to see. The cinematography and fight scenes are great. Love, love, love this movie.

    • Yeeeeeaaaah! Happy you’re happy Jen. Glad to hear you’re onboard with this one! :D

      Personally, my love for the series never needed any rejuvenation, but I can see how this one would do that for people. :) Definitely a great time to be a bond fan!

  2. Well…
    Yeah, I dont think so. A great, fun Bond film, sure. But honestly? Best Picture? I dont see it that way. Sure, I liked it, a lot, but there were other pics I enjoyed more (Avengers for one, The Hobbit for another) that I wouldn’t have named ‘Best Picture’. Best picture has be.. THE BEST. It has to hit on all cylinders. The Script, The Acting, The Music, The all-around Production etc. I’m not taking anything away from Skyfall by saying it had its flaws.

    For me, the Best Picture candidates which are more deserving include Lincoln, Argo, Life of Pi, and primarily, Zero Dark Thirty, all of which, IMHO are better all around than Skyfall.

    My best pic of the year: ZD30. Your mileage may vary. ;)

    • Dude, I wouldnt have picked Skyfall as top of the year either but I would surely and far away outrank it over the mediocre Avengers and Hobbit and Hurt Locker part II that is Zero Dark Thirty!!

    • Here’s the quick take on why I wouldn’t go with any of those. Argo and Zero Dark weren’t exactly enlightening or artistic to any high degree, they were mainly entertaining. And Skyfall entertained more. Yet it also had better drama, themes, production, characters, acting, directing, etc than The Hobbit, and Avengers. Lincoln and Pi are weightier films, but didnt have enough to overtake the entertainment juggernaut that was Skyfall.

      It had it going on in spades, Gelf, sorry you dont see it as worthy, but this is one of the selections i feel the strongest about, actually. ;)

      • Well, obviously I disagree about ZD30 not being enlightening nor artisitic, as I found it to be both.
        Yes, Skyfall was more entertaining, but really that’s what it was meant for, while ZD30 was entertaining, thought provoking, complicated, better written, and overall more important, in a societal way.

        Really, I thought ZD30 was the best, truest Spy film ever made, and to award a romanticized, adventure driven version of spycraft, no matter how enjoyable, over the real thing strikes me as just wrong.

      • The real female agent can’t come in from the cold. This film isthe only tribute she’ll ever recieve!

  3. Can’t say if I agree with you or not, as I have not (and will not) seen this movie, lol. Not a fan of James Bond AT ALL. :P

    Great job with the whole awards, though. It’s been fun to follow along for the past couple weeks. :)

    • Well, thank you Chris, just for that I’ll ignore that quasi-blasphemous anti-Bond statement you just made.

      Have you watched the Craig Bonds? I can’t imagine someone having issue with “Casino Royale”… Or this one for that matter. :o

      • Nah, I long gave up on the series before Craig came around. Everyone’s told me to give them a chance, but I just don’t care enough about the series to go out of my way for them, heh. Maybe someday… XP

      • Welllllll uh…. I cant say that I support your covered eyes stance. Hows that. LOL.

        Let’s give ‘em a shot, huh? Theyre always on tv, shouldnt be hard. Keep an eye out for Royale.

      • Chris, I sort of understand your view, franchises are not necessarily easy to jump into, if you have a negative view of them – no matter what anyone else might say. But I’ll say a couple of things anyway. :) You’d hardly need to “go out of your way” for Bond to give Craig’s Bond a chance. ;) I know people who never cared one bit about the franchise, but Casino Royale made them sit up and take notice. It’s so far removed from most Bond movies made before it that it’s pretty incredible it exists in the same franchise. Skyfall is very different from CR (some clearly prefer one or the other for various reasons), but in my humble opinion those two are easily the two best Bond movies ever made. The main character as played by Craig is not a cartoon character or a super hero, but a human being that is flawed and damaged, that hurts (both physically and emotionally) and bleeds, which makes him far more interesting and believable, I think. I don’t know what exactly your view of Bond (franchise or character) is, but if you’re so suspicious of Craig’s Bond you don’t even want to see these movies based on some previous Bond experiences you have, then you’re making a big mistake. Of course, you might still hate these new movies (a risk anyone takes with any movie, pretty much), but, well, just saying… ;)

    • Wh-ha-haaat? Cmon! LOL

      Yes, cause… well, yes… but no, because it really is worthy. Action films this solid are a rare gem, and this movie is going to be talked about more than the others in years to come, except maybe the Avengers. When all was said and done, it was the perfect choice for me.

    • Thanks, Chris! Yeah, he was off the charts, there’s no doubt. What were your other two BTW? I’m sure if you did a post I stopped by, but I can’t recall. Wayyy too many top tens to keep track of. LOL

      • Well I did a post of noteworthy films of the year, but not top 5 or whatever. My other two favourites were The Avengers and Life of Pi. Probably. Always end up revising these things when I actually think about them!

  4. I guess I enjoyed Skyfall well enough, but I’m always a little suspicious about choosing a franchise film as the best of the year. In addition to the fanboy factor, there’s the problem of not knowing whether the things that worked in the movie were really BECAUSE of the movie or not. Would all of Bond’s little quirks really be as endearing if they hadn’t been drilled into us for 50 years? Would Dench’s performance stand on its own and have the same emotional weight if she was being introduced for the first time?

    Of course, I’m sure the MAJOR Awards have ways of correcting for these factors. And in a way, other films like Lincoln have the same problem. After spending our entire lives looking at his face on the five dollar bill, old Abe pretty much counts as a franchise too!

    Also, I guess this is the place to say great job on the MAJOR Awards as a whole this year. As you can tell, it’s one of the series that I really look forward to reading each time!

    • Well, you’ve got a couple of valid points there, but I’m always going to try to be open here, and the movie of the year is going to be the movie of the year, regardless of whether its an indie, or Oscar bait, or a big blockbuster – franchise installment or no.

      Sure, Bond is the beneficiary of the predecessors in the series, but perhaps it deserves extra kudos for being able to rise above the genre and get into discussions like this. There’s numerous installments in that series that would be laughable inclusions here, let me tell you. :D

      And thank you sir, yeah, I can tell Awards posts get you going. I’m glad you participated again, definitely a nice contribution to receive, let me tell you!

  5. M: [quoting Ulysses] Though much is taken, much abides, and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are… One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield
    The fine wine that is the 50 year Bond series, got better with this great vintage! The biggest disappointment of the Oscar season is not including Skyfall in the list of candidates. If the lead characters’ name was John Doe, and not Bond, it would still be excellent. It did not rely on the Bond name for its’ cache but stood on its’ own. Although my pick is ZDT, I feel no loss that the Leg Lamp goes to Skyfall.
    Good work on your series of picks the past fortnight. Enjoyed it!

    • Thanks Ray, appreciate that. Yeah, it’s insulting that the Academy didn’t recognize, here. The word for that is bullshit, especially with a slot remaining open.

      That’s cool, though, they can bite it. I hope they pick “Amour” so every movie going American can feel like they’re completely out of touch with them. Oh, wait…

      Anyways, ZDT was excellent, but not quite there. “Skyfall” had it all as far as I’m concerned. ;)

      • Hmm, bullshit is a good word… I thought of prejudice and snobbery, but bullshit is better. ;)

  6. High-five! :)
    I love Skyfall – so much that I wanted to go see it again pretty much right away… I didn’t, I waited a week… :D On further viewings it just got better. Or rather, my appreciation of it grew.
    Good of you to mention that one’s brain gets an excellent workout with this movie – not because it’s complicated (it isn’t, the plot is nicely streamlined), but because it’s so layered and simply has so much in it. (And I still want to learn more about various history, literary and art history stuff suggested by others. Not because it would be necessary, but because I’m intrigued.)
    Skyfall is indeed gorgeous to watch from beginning to end. The acting of both the main stars, and the actors in minor roles is superb. (If I had to choose any of them, I would happily just watch Craig and Bardem all the time.) I love the soundtrack and the sets.
    I still simply stare at various scenes just going “wow” at the beauty of them (starting from the very first seconds). The Tennyson scene still gives me goosebumps. I keep getting emotional watching the fabulous opening credits with the perfect theme song.
    I’ve managed to cut down on giggling at the funny stuff (though “Her loss” gets me every time… laughing now just thinking about it). But mostly I just grin from ear to ear from sheer pleasure.
    It’s that kind of a movie. A gem.

    • Agreed! Gorgeous throughout, not exactly a think-piece, but certainly not a “check your brain at the door” movie either, great action, great characters, all the way through it was a great flick.

      I wanted to see it right away, too, and I did. Only movie I’ve seen twice in theatres since I’ve been blogging. That ought to tell you something, right? :)

      Thanks for your support Tuulia, I’m sure I’m in for a lot of dissent the next coupld of days. LOL ;)

    • Oh, and a nice choice of picture btw. A small, but lovely detail, that cuff link fixing Craig thoughtfully added to that scene. (Mendes credited him with that.) :D

  7. Ahah, can’t say I’m surprised here Fogs! As a fellow Bond fan, I concur! :D Though after watching The Living Daylights again last night, Dalton is still my all time favorite Bond, he’s really as bad ass as Craig… if only he had been working with equally gifted directors and cast when he was Bond :(

    • Nice! Thanks for the support Ruth, I know I thought it was the best movie of the year!

      Lol… You’re never NOT gonna think Dalton’s the best! James Bond himself could play Bond, and I think you’d still be like, I like Dalton’s Bond better. :D

      Meanwhile, yeah a) I wish every Bond movie had this kind of high quality direction and b) I hope they get Mendes back for the next one!

      • Ahah, too funny! Well, one day there might be an actor who might take Dalton’s place as my fave Bond, but it won’t be Craig. I do think if Dalton’s got a chance to do his third outing as Bond, people might think very differently about him. In any case, yes Skyfall is ace and let’s hope whether Mendes is back or not that we get at least the same quality of direction.

  8. Not what I would have gone with, but they are your awards, after all. Skyfall is still a great choice, and I CAN’T WAIT to see it again…have to wait until March 12th!!! Also I really hope the next Bond film is this good/better. Though that would be pretty hard to make it better….

    • Annnnnnd… your choice would be?

      IN other news, yeah, I just hope for “as good” with the next one, I’m not even going to get greedy and hope they top it. A lot of times, movies screw up when they try to do that anyways. Let’s give ‘em more! Let’s be even bigger!

      And then it just winds up dumb. :(

      • Yeah I see what you’re saying. But maybe if they don’t try to make it better, then it might actually be better…. but yeah it’s always dangerous to get your hopes up.
        I would pick The Master. It made me think more than the rest of them which in my mind equals better movie, even though I know you disagree. Which is fine obviously.

  9. Great choice. Having already heard your podcast, and also just from knowing you, I knew this was coming out on top, but a good read all the same. Excellent caper to the major awards.

    But with that said, I disagree with your assertion that we often don’t get a great action film each year.

    2011: Drive, 2010: Inception, 2009: District 9, 2008: The Dark Knight, 2007: The Bourne Ultimatum, 2006: Casino Royale, 2005: Sin City, 2004: Collateral, 2003: Kill Bill Volume One, 2002: Minority Report…..

    You get my point :P

    • Well, I would disagree with half of those as being great on an action movie basis. First off. Let’s pick on “Drive”. That’s a great flick. But its more of a mob movie than an action movie. People were bitching about the LACK of action, remember? District 9 and Minority Report are Sci-Fi, even though they have action elements. And I love Sin City too, but I dont think anyone will call it a great “action movie”….If you ask people to list their top 20 comic book films, Sin City is there of course. But it wouldnt make anyones top 100 action movies. :(

      • The lack of action in drive makes it have more of an impact, T2 is a science film but it’s also one of the best action films ever, the same can be said for Aliens and even Total Recall. District 9 features violent shoot-outs and features a character donning a mech suit, totally an action film. Minority Report is a film that is filled to the brim with fast-paced chases and creative set pieces.

        But okay, I’ll make some amendments. ;)

        2011: X-Men: First Class
        2009: Avatar
        2005: War of the Worlds
        2002: The Bourne Identity

        Admittedly, War of the Worlds is debatable, but the action scenes it has are awesome.

    • And yeah, I worried about that… giving away the spoilers on TPMP. Just the way it shook out this year. Last year it was reversed and I had already posted here. Cant be helped… one of them has to go first! LOL

    • Nah, I dont know. I cant get behind Avengers that much. I think I would be saying that exact same comment to you but in reverse if you were posting Avengers as your movie of the year.

      It’s too… light. For me. It was fun, Im not going to hammer anyone if its their choice, but I need a movie with a little more substance.

      Thats why I was so happy to pick Skyfall. It had that entertainment factor, plus a lot of great acting and some great directing, plus great themes, etc etc

  10. I never had any doubt.
    1. Performance of Javier Bardeem
    2. Performance of Judi Dench
    3. cinematography by Roger Deakins
    4. Song by Adele
    5. Daniel Craig in a real performance
    6. Sam Mendes directs Actuion Scenes like drama not filler
    7. An excellent script

    And 00 other reasons from the last fifty years. Call me a Fanboy but I know a quality film when I see one, and I paid to see this four times.

    • LOL. 007 reasons, huh? Well, they’re worthy ones, for sure.

      It was a great movie. There was no doubt it was the best of the year, to me. It really wasnt even close between this and second place, either… a runaway victory for “Skyfall”. :D

      And I may be a fanboy too, but this IS a hell of a film, Bond fan or no.

  11. I am so frigging proud of you that you chose this as your top movie of the year! None of that oscar crap, just a fucking amazing Bond movie. Bravo dude :)

    • LOL. Oh, this aint an Oscar prediction game… I suppose I should have warned people on that up front. :) I pick what I think was the best movie of the year. Some years that will be the same as what Oscar picks, some years not.

      But Skyfall WAS amazing, whether the academy wants to recognize or not. I do though. Skyfall ruled, and I need to acknowledge!

  12. Interesting choice! I think I approve. I think! Skyfall definitely upped the ante for the Bond franchise. Gave us a Bond film that was the perfect blend of the a-typical Bond film and yet it looked stunning. Honestly, one of the best looking films of the year. It surprised me. And it entertained. And like you said, had some stand out performances. I always think that the actors in certain action films aren’t given nearly enough credit.

    • Thanks Jaina… I think. ;)

      Skyfall DID up the ante. Its such a great time to be a Bond fna right now, he’s on top of his game and on top of the world as far as I’m concerned. He stands out even more considering all the other films we’re getting are Superhero movies. :o

      It definitely was well acted, at least the Baftas have the good sense to recognize! The Oscars, not so much :(

  13. A surprising though fully worthy winner. I enjoyed several top films in the mix here.
    Skyfall is what I want to see in cinema, fun and flare. Craig, Dench, & Bardem at their best in solid script, dialogue, and direction. Well done. Strong major awards season. ;-)

    Q: 007. I’m your new Quartermaster.
    James Bond: You must be joking.
    Q: Why, because I’m not wearing a lab coat?
    James Bond: Because you still have spots.
    Q: My complexion is hardly relevant.
    James Bond: Your competence is.
    Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency.
    James Bond: And youth is no guarantee of innovation.
    Q: Well, I’ll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.
    James Bond: Oh, so why do you need me?
    Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled.
    James Bond: Or not pulled. It’s hard to know which in your pajamas. Q.
    Q: 007.

    • Glad it’s surprising so many people, LOL. Honestly I expected this thread to be full of “Nooooooo, really?”s :D

      “Skyfall” is what I want to see at the movies, too. Action packed, yet intelligent. Afforded the same level of high calibre direction as an Oscar worthy drama. It was awesome, I wish every movie was that good!

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