Oklahoma film critics give top 2012 honors to 'Argo'

From Staff Reports Published: December 23, 2012

While 2012 was a year of intelligent and entertaining films in all genres, it also was a year of disappointments and disasters. OFCC members selected Adam Sandler's “That's My Boy” as their obviously worst film of the year. Their nod to Ridley Scott's “Prometheus,” a kind of “sideways sequel” to his “Alien” franchise for the not-so-obviously worst film of the year, suggests that, in space, no one can hear you disappoint millions of fans.

“Look, we spend so much of our lives watching bad movies that we can almost smell them coming,” Lang said. “The not-so-obviously worst film category is a different kind of animal. These are movies that had everything going for them and still could not get it together.”

Two new categories were added this year. The “best body of work” category honors actors, filmmakers, producers or technicians with multiple achievements in one year. This category was won by Joseph Gordon Levitt for his work in “Looper,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Lincoln.” Another new honor, “best guilty pleasure,” went to “21 Jump Street,” the Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum reboot of the cops-in-high-school television series that helped launch Johnny Depp's career.

“Like so many of my OFCC colleagues, I went into '21 Jump Street' with zero expectations and then laughed until my face hurt,” Lang said. “I wish more comedies were as fearless as that one.”

OFCC members are Oklahoma-based movie critics who write for print, broadcast and online outlets that publish or post reviews of current film releases. Among the media outlets represented are The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Gazette, Tulsa World, Edmond Life & Leisure, This Land Press and Urban Tulsa. Also represented are television station KOKH FOX 25; radio station KJYO/Clear Channel; and the websites 411mania.com, ionOKmag.com, crosswalk.com, u-out.net and shadowcabaret.com.

Film buffs can find the complete list of awards on the OFCC website, ofccircle.org, as well as frequent postings on film-related items and links to reviews.

OFCC 2012 Film Awards

Top 10 Films

1. “Argo.”

2. “Zero Dark Thirty.”

3. “Moonrise Kingdom.”

4. “Django Unchained.”

5. “Silver Linings Playbook.”

6. “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

7. “The Master.”

8. “Lincoln.”

9. “Looper.”

10. “Les Miserables.”

Best Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo.”

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Best Animated Film: “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Best Body of Work (tie): Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Looper,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Lincoln”) and

Matthew McConaughey (“Bernie,” “Magic Mike,” “Killer Joe”)

Best Documentary: “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Best First Feature: “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Benh Zeitlin.

Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”

Best Guilty Pleasure: “21 Jump Street.”

Not-So-Obviously Worst Movie: “Prometheus.”

Obviously Worst Movie: “That's My Boy.”

Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom.”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo.”

Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master.”

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”

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