My top 10 films of the year:

1. "The Grey" (Joe Carnahan)
2. "Moonrise Kingdom" (Wes Anderson)
3. "Looper" (Rian Johnson)
4. "Django Unchained" (Quentin Tarantino)
5. "Amour" (Michael Haneke)
6. "Lincoln" (Steven Spielberg)
7. "Zero Dark Thirty" (Kathryn Bigelow)
8. "Argo" (Ben Affleck)
9. "The Queen of Versailles" (Lauren Greenfield)
10. "The Master" (Paul Thomas Anderson)

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Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.