Best: Jake Gyllenhaal
A small, funky thriller from a distributor that does refreshingly nourish that kind of thing ("The Grey" was my #1 film of 2012) but rarely has awards season success. An actor finding himself with bold and interesting creative decisions. A season desperately in need of a shake-up. Jake Gyllenhaal's "Nightcrawler" nomination was just cool, and a nice gust of respect from his peers. Maybe he can double down with a Globe nod and really push into that gridlocked Best Actor category.
- Kristopher Tapley