By Matt Singer | Criticwire December 13, 2012 at 3:23PM
Another new pick for the Best Film of 2012 from a regional critics group: "Argo," hailed as the finest movie of the year by the San Diego Film Critics Society. The twenty-one member group from Southern California also gave "Argo" three additional prizes: Best Director (Ben Affleck), Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio), and Best Editing (William Goldenberg). Their other nominees for Best Film: "Django Unchained," "Silver Linings Playbook," "The Master," and "Zero Dark Thirty."
My favorite of their awards -- simply because it's a fine choice that's not getting any attention anywhere else -- is Michelle Williams for Best Actress in "Take This Waltz." I didn't love the film, but Williams is fantastic in it, and more than worthy of a few accolades this Oscar season. The SDFCS also gave an award for "Best Body of Work" to cinematographer Greig Fraser for his lensing of "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly," and "Snow White and the Huntsman" all in a single year. A pretty impressive 2012, though if I had a vote I might have gone with Matthew McConaughey, so good in "Magic Mike" and "Bernie" (and, apparently, "The Paperboy" and "Killer Joe," though I haven't caught up with those yet).
Here's the full list of the San Diego critics' awards:
Best Film: "Argo"
Best Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Actress: Michelle Williams, "Take This Waltz"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Actress: Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Best Editing: William Goldenberg, "Argo"
Best Documentary: "The Invisible War"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Kid With a Bike"
Best Score: Jonny Greenwood, "The Master"
Best Ensemble: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best Production Design: Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, "Cloud Atlas"
Body of Work for 2012: Greig Fraser (cinematographer, "Zero Dark Thirty" and more)
You can find out more about the San Diego Film Critics Society and their awards at SDFCS.org.
Other 2012 Critics Awards (Best Film Pick in Parenthesis)
-Sight & Sound ("The Master")
-New York Film Critics Circle ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Boston Online Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Los Angeles Film Critics Association ("Amour")
-Boston Society of Film Critics ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-New York Film Critics Online ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association ("Zero Dark Thirty")
-Las Vegas Film Critics Society ("Life of Pi")
[H/T Glenn Heath Jr.]