Awards Campaign's Best of 2012: TV, Music and Movies

Awards Campaign's Best of 2012: TV, Music and Movies

Key & Peele,' 'Game of Thrones,' Florence + The Machine, Channing Tatum and more'

Last December I took inspiration from Mr. Tapley and listed some of the notable achievements in music and television for 2011.  And, of course, some year-end movie "awards." Let's try this one more time for 2012, shall we?

You can review my top 10 films of 2012 here.  And, for year-end picks from the rest of HitFix's editorial team, click on the related tabs within this post.

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<p>Amanda Seyfriend talks about her role as Cosette in Tom Hooper's &quot;Les Miserables.&quot;</p>

Amanda Seyfriend talks about her role as Cosette in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."

Amanda Seyfried knew 'Les Miserables' fans would be tough after 'Mamma Mia'

Is a Broadway musical in her future?

NEW YORK - No matter what your opinion of Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" there is one thing everyone can agree on: it's great to hear Amanda Seyfried singing again.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell at the New York premiere of &quot;Silver Linings&nbsp;Playbook.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell at the New York premiere of "Silver Linings Playbook."

Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

David O. Russell says Jennifer Lawrence's Skype audition won her 'Silver Linings' role

Plus: Robert De Niro's reverential professionalism

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" isn't the frontrunner for best picture many of us thought it would be, but don't tell that to the one time best director nominee.  The passion project has given Russell much to be thankful for including audience awards at Toronto, Austin and the Hamptons film festivals, five Independent Spirit Awards nods, four Golden Globe Awards nominations and an impressive four SAG Awards nominations including best ensemble. "Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence won best actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Russell snagged best adapted screenplay honors from the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association.  Now, after coming close to winning best director with his semi-comeback "The Fighter" almost two years ago you'd assume Russell was intent on sealing the deal with "Playbook." That doesn't appear to be the case.

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<p>Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on the set of &quot;Hitchcock.&quot;</p>

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on the set of "Hitchcock."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Exclusive: Hopkins and Mirren discuss the destiny of finally working together in 'Hitchcock'

It's never too late for a first time

When great British actors reach a certain age Americans, er, media types tend to believe they must have worked together at some point during their careers. In the West End, on the BBC or in some movie.  At the least, they were in one of those "Harry Potter" movies, right?  Well, not really.

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Revisiting four months of 'The Impossible' with Oscar's deadline looming

A plea for Academy members to consider one of the best pictures of the year

Spanish key art and poster art for THE IMPOSSIBLE featuring Naomi Watts

Every season there is a movie or performance that is a head scratcher when it comes to why it does or doesn't appeal to the Academy.  Films and portrayals that will be long remembered after a number of other nominated works are getting their share of the best picture spotlight now. Immediate examples that come to mind include "Do the Right Thing" (one of the greatest films of the '80s), "The Ice Storm" (ditto for the '90s), "The Dark Knight" (for the '00s) and, oh yeah, Stanley Kubrick's "2001" (of all time).  And as for overlooked actors, last year found both Ryan Gosling ("Drive") and Michael Fassbender ("Shame") of the list of Academy omissions gone wrong.  With the advent of the 10 nomination option for best picture, however, you would think that overlooking great movies would be a rare occurrence. Ladies and gentleman of the jury, I give you my own best picture of the year, "The Impossible."

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<p>Anne Hathaway discusses her role in &quot;Les Miserables&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway discusses her role in "Les Miserables"

Anne Hathaway has her Jennifer Hudson moment with 'Les Miserables'

is she a lock for best supporting actress?

NEW YORK - Having worked in the movie industry for over 15 years, you can probably guess I've seen a lot of films. I've often been asked to attend very early screenings for highly anticipated films.  Moreover, I've been lucky to attend numerous premieres in Hollywood, New York and on the festival circuit in Toronto, Telluride and Park City.   I have never, however, seen a reaction to a performance in a movie theater like the euphoric response to Jennifer Hudson's turn as Effie White in "Dreamgirls."  Spontaneous applause is one thing, an impromptu standing ovation during three separate premieres is something else. And, simply, nothing has ever come close...until this year.  Anne Hathaway clearly doesn't have Jennifer Hudson's vocal talent, but she may give Hudson's legendary awards season a run for her money in "Les Miserables."

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<p>Rebel Wilson in a preview for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.</p>

Rebel Wilson in a preview for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.

Rebel Wilson is the host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

Teaser announcements airs during 'Jersey Shore' finale

It's almost Christmas, so it's obviously time to reveal the host for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, right? Well, maybe not, but with "Jersey Shore" airing its final episode Thursday night MTV decided to use the larger than usual audience to promote next April's annual pseudo-awards event.  The bigger surprise was that the network made the inspired choice to tap Aussie Rebel Wilson as next year's host.

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Hugh Jackman says training for 'Les Miserables' was as hard as any 'Wolverine' film

Hugh Jackman says training for 'Les Miserables' was as hard as any 'Wolverine' film

Aussie talks about his SAG Awards and Golden Globes nominated performance

NEW YORK - We've been waiting a long time for Hugh Jackman to sing on the big screen.  From his Tony Award-winning turn in "The Boy From Oz" to his three stints hosting Broadway's annual awards show to his lauded turn as Academy Awards host (arguably the best Oscars show over the past decade), Jackman has teased us with his impressive voice, sly dance moves and old school showmanship. Granted, producers have tried to get him to commit to a number of movie musical projects, but most of them have been stuck in development hell for years leaving fans to wonder if we'd ever see Jackman sing in his prime. That's all changed with the actor's SAG and Golden Globes Awards nominated turn as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables."  And, in something of a surprise, it turns out that he had to campaign to get the role.

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<p>Ed Burns at the world premiere of &quot;Man on a Ledge&quot; last January.</p>

Ed Burns at the world premiere of "Man on a Ledge" last January.

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Ed Burns and Tom Rothman topline Sundance Film Festival's 2013 Dramatic Jury

Davis Guggenheim will participate on the U.S. documentary jury

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is a little under a month a way and while the festival's complete slate is now known, the juries had remained a mystery until today.  

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<p>Juan Antonio Bayona's &quot;The Impossible.&quot;</p>

Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible."

Credit: Summit Entertainment

'The Impossible,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Holy Motors' are the best films of 2012

Generally a passionless but very good year for movies

If you were to have asked me last June if 2012 was a good year for movies my answer would have been a definitive "no."  Sure, "The Avengers," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and the long delayed "Cabin the Woods" provided some refuge, but for the most part the first half of this year was full of forgettable films.  This isn't necessarily anything new.  The better prestige films always tend to begin their roll outs in September.  By December - all of a sudden - there are seemingly enough great movies for people to champion.  The difference with 2012 is that while there were a lot of very good movies, there weren't necessarily a significant number of great movies.

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