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The Guardian Names 'The Master' The Best Film Of 2012, 'Ted' Is The Second Best

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 13, 2012 at 6:24PM

While the awards circuit hasn't been overly kind to Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," it seems to be from across the pond where it's getting the most love. The film topped the Sight & Sound poll for 2012, and now The Guardian has come out as well, naming it the best picture of the year. They in particular single out "[Joaquin] Phoenix's agonisingly intense and blazingly committed performance" as the big factor that pushed the movie to the top. And this is cool, but the rest of the top ten is perhaps even more fascinating.
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The Master Joaquin Phoenix

While the awards circuit hasn't been overly kind to Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," it seems to be from across the pond where it's getting the most love. The film topped the Sight & Sound poll for 2012, and now The Guardian has come out as well, naming it the best picture of the year. They in particular single out "[Joaquin] Phoenix's agonisingly intense and blazingly committed performance" as the big factor that pushed the movie to the top. And this is cool, but the rest of the top ten is perhaps even more fascinating.

In second place? Seth MacFarlane's "Ted." Granted, it was a big hit comedy that audiences ate up, to the tune of over $500 million world, but one of the best of year? Maybe Paul Thomas Anderson was onto something when he called it "great." But better than "Amour"? Anyway, the rest of the list is a nice mix of arthouse and multiplex, but another surprise comes at the end with the doc "Queen Of Versailles." Needless to say, the collective list at the Guardian is certainly...eclectic...

Check out the full selections below.  For all The Playlist's year-end coverage make sure to follow all our Best Of 2012 features.

The Guardian Top 10 Films Of 2012

1. The Master (review)
2. Ted (review)
3. Amour (review)
4. Silver Linings Playbook (review)
5. Holy Motors (review)
6. This Is Not A Film (review)
7. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (review)
8. Beasts Of The Southern Wild (review)
9. Alps (review)
10. The Queen Of Versailles (review)

This article is related to: Best Of 2012, 2012: The Year In Review, The Master, Ted, Amour, Silver Linings Playbook, Holy Motors, This Is Not A Film, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Alps, The Queen of Versailles