2012 in film

2012 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, critics' lists of the best films of 2012, festivals, a list of country-specific lists of films released, and notable deaths. Most notably, the two oldest surviving American film studios, Universal and Paramount both celebrated their centennial anniversaries, marking the first time that two major film studios celebrate 100 years, and the Dolby Atmos sound format was launched for the premiere of Brave. The James Bond film series celebrated its 50th anniversary and released its 23rd film, Skyfall. Six box-office blockbusters from previous years (Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Titanic, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc.) were re-released in 3D and IMAX. Also, the year marked the debut for high frame rate technology. The first film using 48 F.P.S., a higher frame rate than the film industry standard 24 F.P.S., was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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Evaluation of the yearEdit

Richard Brody of The New Yorker said, "2012 has been a good year for Hollywood and off-Hollywood. Note, once more, the remarkable Hollywood nexus of the Gotham and Independent Spirit nominees, as the path of independent financing becomes ever more significant for filmmakers whose work doesn’t fit into franchise formatting. And that’s a good thing, from the perspective of filmmaking—whether it means that directors and actors share producers’ risks in getting their work made, or that complicit producers give a director's vision free rein. But the latter notion makes some critics uneasy. There's an undercurrent of thought—one rooted in an antiquated and nostalgic vision of a halcyon classic Hollywood that supposedly both reached the masses and made modest and un-self-conscious art—that looks to producers to restrain the idiosyncrasies of directors and fit them into a readily marketable package of popular appeal. These critics yearn for the adversarial relationship of producer and director, seeing the producer as the supporter of democratic values and the director as a sort of egomaniacal élitist who, unrestrained, would spend someone else's money frivolously to make a movie that would please himself and his friends. Of course, that relationship becomes adversarial only if the producer doesn't see himself as a sort of benefactor, a patron of the arts whose very role is to finance and to foster individual expression—and, as ever, it all depends on who the individual is and what the nature of the vision is. It's fairly obvious that strong producers improve films made by mediocre directors but often constrain or dilute the distinctiveness and individuality of the work of good ones. There is a political agenda hidden within the critics’ aesthetic preference for the strong hand of the producer, as critics demagogically put themselves in the position of defenders of the people—defending them from radical outliers and finding popular tastes with which to align themselves. It's another case of left and right agreeing without common ground and leading to bad policy—and, in this case, bad art."[1] In August 2012 BFI announced their 2012 Sight & Sound Greatest films of all Time survey which was topped for the first time by Vertigo.

Highest-grossing filmsEdit

The top 10 films released in 2012 by worldwide gross are as follows:[2]

Highest-grossing films of 2012
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 The Avengers Disney $1,518,815,515
2 Skyfall Sony Pictures / Columbia / MGM $1,108,561,013
3 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros. $1,081,041,287
4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros. / MGM $1,017,003,568
5 Ice Age: Continental Drift Fox $877,244,782
6 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Lionsgate $829,746,820
7 The Amazing Spider-Man Sony Pictures / Columbia $757,930,663
8 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Paramount / DreamWorks $746,921,274
9 The Hunger Games Lionsgate $694,394,724
10 Men in Black 3 Sony Pictures / Columbia $624,026,776

The Avengers grossed over $1.5 billion and it became the third highest-grossing film of all time. Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have each grossed over $1 billion, making them among the highest-grossing films of all time.

2012 box office recordsEdit

  • The Hunger Games was the first film of 2012 to pass the $500 million mark worldwide, and is also the first film since Avatar to place first at the U.S. box office for four consecutive weekends.
  • Skyfall became the first film to gross more than £100 million, amassing a total of £102.9 million.
  • With their 3-D re-releases, two films achieved new milestones: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace reached $1.027 billion, and Titanic reached $2.187 billion, becoming the second film to surpass the $2 billion mark, following Avatar.
  • 2012 was the first year to have four films cross the billion-dollar milestone, surpassing the previous year's record of three billion-dollar films.

EventsEdit

AwardsEdit

Category/Organization 18th Critics' Choice Awards
January 10, 2013
70th Golden Globe Awards
January 13, 2013
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards 66th BAFTA Awards
February 10, 2013
85th Academy Awards
February 24, 2013
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Argo Les Misérables Argo
Best Director Ben Affleck
Argo
Ang Lee
Life of Pi
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln
Hugh Jackman
Les Misérables
Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln
Best Actress Jessica Chastain
Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva
Amour
Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master
Christoph Waltz
Django Unchained
Tommy Lee Jones
Lincoln
Christoph Waltz
Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway
Les Misérables
Best Screenplay, Adapted Tony Kushner
Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino
Django Unchained
Chris Terrio
Argo
David O. Russell
Silver Linings Playbook
Chris Terrio
Argo
Best Screenplay, Original Quentin Tarantino
Django Unchained
Mark Boal
Zero Dark Thirty
Quentin Tarantino
Django Unchained
Best Animated Film Wreck-It Ralph Brave Wreck-It Ralph Brave
Best Original Score Lincoln
John Williams
Life of Pi
Mychael Danna
N/A Skyfall
Thomas Newman
Life of Pi
Mychael Danna
Best Original Song "Skyfall"
Skyfall
N/A N/A "Skyfall"
Skyfall
Best Foreign Language Film Amour N/A Amour
Best Documentary Searching for Sugar Man N/A N/A Searching for Sugar Man

2012 filmsEdit

The list of films released in 2012, arranged by country, are as follows:

Notable deathsEdit

Month Date Name Age Nationality Profession Notable films
January 1 Bob Anderson 89 English Stuntman, Choreographer
2 Silvana Gallardo 58 American Actress
3 Joaquín Martínez 81 Mexican-American Actor
4 Harry Fowler 85 English Actor
5 Frederica Sagor Maas 111 American Screenwriter
9 Mae Laborde 102 American Actress
10 Lila Kaye 82 English Actress
11 Richard Bruno 87 American Costume Designer
11 David Whitaker 81 English Composer
13 Morgan Jones 83 American Actor
14 Mila Parely 94 French Actress
20 Marion Mathie 73 English Actress
21 Eiko Ishioka 73 Japanese Costume Designer
24 Theo Angelopoulos 76 Greek Director, Screenwriter
24 James Farentino 82 American Actor
26 Ian Abercrombie 77 English-American Actor
26 Dimitra Arliss 79 American Actress
29 John Rich 86 American Director
30 Frederick Treves 86 English Actor
February 1 Don Cornelius 75 American Actor
3 Ben Gazzara 81 American Actor
3 Zalman King 69 American Actor, Director, Screenwriter
4 Andrew Wight 51 Australian Screenwriter, Producer
5 Sam Coppola 79 American Actor
5 Bill Hinzman 75 American Actor, Director
6 Peter Breck 82 American Actor
8 Phil Bruns 80 American Actor
8 Laurie Main 89 Australian-American Actor
11 Whitney Houston 48 American Actress, Singer, Producer
12 Zina Bethune 66 American Actress, Choreographer
12 David Kelly 82 Irish Actor
13 Russell Arms 92 American Actor, Singer
16 Elyse Knox 94 American Actress
16 Dick Anthony Williams 77 American Actor
18 Peter Halliday 87 English Actor
18 Ric Waite 78 American Cinematographer
20 Sullivan Walker 68 Trinidadian-American Actor
21 Gladys O'Connor 108 English-Canadian Actress
23 Bruce Surtees 74 American Cinematographer
25 Erland Josephson 88 Swedish Actor
26 Ed Brigadier 62 American Actor
26 Richard Carpenter 82 English Actor, Screenwriter
29 Dennis Chinnery 84 English Actor
29 Davy Jones 66 English Actor, Singer
March 1 Phillip R. Allen 72 American Actor
1 Jerome Courtland 85 American Actor, Producer
2 Don Marion 94 American Actor
3 Leonardo Cimino 94 American Actor
3 Ralph McQuarrie 82 American Designer, Illustrator
4 Joan Taylor 82 American Actress
5 Philip Madoc 77 Welsh-English Actor
6 Robert B. Sherman 86 American Songwriter
9 Dennis Bowen 61 American Actor
9 Terry Teene 70 American Actor, Singer
10 Jean Giraud 73 French Designer, Illustrator
11 Faith Brook 90 English Actress
19 Ulu Grosbard 83 Belgian-American Director, Producer
21 Robert Fuest 84 English Director, Screenwriter
21 Tonino Guerra 92 Italian Screenwriter
25 Hal E. Chester 91 American Actor, Producer. Screenwriter
25 Bill Weston 70 English Stuntman, Actor
27 Warren Stevens 92 American Actor
27 Garry Walberg 90 American Actor
28 Neil Travis 73 American Film Editor
29 Luke Askew 80 American Actor
April 1 Jamaa Fanaka 69 American Director, Screenwriter, Producer
2 Jimmy Little 75 Australian Actor, Singer
3 Nicholas King 79 American Actor
8 Rikiya Yasuoka 64 Japanese Actor
9 Carol Adams 94 American Actress
9 Barry Cahill 90 Canadian-American Actor
10 Grant Tilly 74 Australian Actor
11 Rainer Penkert 90 German Actor
13 Marilyn Lovell Matz 81 American Actress, Singer
14 William Finley 71 American Actor
14 Jonathan Frid 87 Canadian Actor
14 Martin Poll 89 American Producer
15 Paul Bogart 92 American Director, Producer
15 Murray Rose 73 English-Australian Actor
18 Dick Clark 82 American Actor, Producer
18 Robert O. Ragland 80 American Composer
19 Levon Helm 71 American Actor, Singer
20 Peter Carsten 83 German Actor
25 Paul L. Smith 75 American Actor
26 Margie Stewart 92 American Actress
28 Walter Mathews 85 American Actor
28 Patricia Medina 92 English Actress
29 Joel Goldsmith 54 American Composer
30 George Murdock 81 American Actor
May 1 Charles Pitts 65 American Actor
2 Charlotte Mitchell 85 English Actress
2 Tracy Reed 69 English Actress
2 Digby Wolfe 82 English-American Actor
4 Mort Lindsey 89 American Composer
6 James Isaac 51 American Director, Special Effects
6 George Lindsey 83 American Actor
8 Maurice Sendak 83 American Producer, Production Designer
9 Vidal Sassoon 84 English-American Hairstylist
10 Joyce Redman 93 English-Irish Actress
11 Roland Shaw 91 English Composer, Arranger
12 Ruth Foster 92 American Film Editor, Actress
13 Donald "Duck" Dunn 70 American Actor, Composer
15 Henry Denker 99 American Screenwriter
18 Paul O'Sullivan 68 Canadian Actor
22 Janet Carroll 71 American Actress
24 Lee Rich 93 American Producer
27 Dee Caruso 83 American Screenwriter
28 Matthew Yuricich 89 American Special Effects Artist
29 Kaneto Shindo 100 Japanese Director, Screenwriter
31 Christopher Challis 91 English Cinematographer
June 2 Richard Dawson 79 English-American Actor
2 Kathryn Joosten 72 American Actress
2 Marco Onorato 59 Italian Cinematographer
4 Stan Jolley 86 American Art Director, Production Designer
5 Caroline John 71 English Actress
5 Ray Bradbury 90 American Writer
7 J. Michael Riva 63 American Production Designer
8 Frank Cady 96 American Actor
11 Ann Rutherford 94 American Actress
16 Giuseppe Bertolucci 65 Italian Director, Screenwriter
16 Susan Tyrrell 67 American Actress
18 Victor Spinetti 82 Welsh Actor
19 Richard Lynch 72 American Actor
26 Nora Ephron 71 American Director, Screenwriter, Producer
27 Don Grady 68 American Actor, Composer
27 Bruce Guerin 93 American Actor
28 Paul Stassino 81 Cypriot Actor
30 David Webb 81 English Actor
July 2 Ben Davidson 72 American Actor
3 Andy Griffith 86 American Actor
4 Eric Sykes 89 English Actor
8 Ernest Borgnine 95 American Actor
13 Wayne Massarelli 62 American Make-up Artist
13 Sage Stallone 36 American Actor, Director, Producer
13 Ginny Tyler 86 American Actress, Singer
13 Richard D. Zanuck 77 American Producer
15 Celeste Holm 95 American Actress
16 William Asher 90 American Producer
16 Martin Kenzie 56 English Camera Operator
17 Morgan Paull 67 American Actor
18 Rajesh Khanna 69 Indian Actor
19 Tom Davis 59 American Actor
20 Tony Epper 73 American Stuntman, Actor
20 Simon Ward 70 English Actor
21 Angharad Rees 63 Welsh Actress
22 Fern Persons 101 American Actress
22 Frank Pierson 87 American Director, Screenwriter
24 Chad Everett 76 American Actor
24 Sherman Hemsley 74 American Actor
26 Lupe Ontiveros 69 American Actress
26 Mary Tamm 62 English Actress
27 Norman Alden 87 American Actor
27 R. G. Armstrong 95 American Actor
27 Geoffrey Hughes 68 English Actor
27 Tony Martin 98 American Actor, Singer
29 John P. Finnegan 86 American Actor
30 Jonathan Hardy 71 New Zealand Actor, Director
31 Gore Vidal 86 American Actor, Screenwriter
August 6 Marvin Hamlisch 68 American Composer
8 Sancho Gracia 75 Spanish Actor
9 Al Freeman Jr. 78 American Actor
9 Mel Stuart 83 American Director, Producer
10 Irving Fein 101 American Producer
10 Carlo Rambaldi 86 Italian Special Effects Artist
11 Bill Rafferty 68 American Actor
13 Joan Roberts 94 American Actress
14 Ron Palillo 63 American Actor
14 Phyllis Thaxter 92 American Actress
15 Biff Elliot 89 American Actor
16 William Windom 88 American Actor
18 George Bowers 68 American Director, Editor
19 Tony Scott 68 English Director, Producer
20 Phyllis Diller 95 American Actress, Comedian, Voice Actress
21 Tissa David 91 American Animator
22 Jeffrey Stone 86 American Actor
23 Jerry Nelson 78 American Puppeteer, Actor
24 Steve Franken 80 American Actor
24 Claire Malis 69 American Actress
25 Florencio Amarilla 77 Paraguayan Actor
31 Max Bygraves 89 English Actor, Singer
31 Joe Lewis 68 American Actor, Stuntman
September 1 Hal David 91 American Composer
3 Michael Clarke Duncan 54 American Actor
6 Jake Eberts 71 Canadian Producer
6 Frank Godwin 95 English Producer
7 Louise LaPlanche 93 American Actress
8 Leigh Hamilton 62 New Zealand-American Actress
10 Vondell Darr 93 American Actress
10 Lance LeGault 75 American Actor
10 Stanley Long 78 English Director, Screenwriter, Producer
10 John Moffatt 89 English Actor
12 Jon Finlayson 74 Australian Actor
13 Edgar Metcalfe 78 English Actor
14 Stephen Dunham 48 American Actor
14 Winston Rekert 63 Canadian Actor
16 John Ingle 84 American Actor
16 Roman Kroitor 85 Canadian Director, Producer
21 Michael Rye 94 American Actor
25 Andy Williams 84 American Actor, Singer
26 Johnny Lewis 28 American Actor
27 Herbert Lom 95 Czech-English Actor
28 Michael O'Hare 60 American Actor
30 Turhan Bey 90 Austrian-American Actor
October 2 Marjorie Lane 100 American Actress, Singer
7 Larry Block 69 American Actor
7 Hank Moonjean 82 American Producer
8 Ken Sansom 85 American Actor
9 Harris Savides 55 American Cinematographer
10 Alex Karras 77 American Actor
10 Robert Litz 62 American Screenwriter
10 Leo O'Brien 41 American Actor
12 Norm Grabowski 79 American Actor
13 Gary Collins 74 American Actor
14 John Clive 79 English Actor
18 Sylvia Kristel 60 Dutch Actress
20 Joe Melia 77 English Actor
22 Carolyn Conwell 82 American Actress
22 Russell Means 72 American Actor
24 Peggy Ahern 95 American Actress
24 Anita Bjork 89 Swedish Actress
26 Mac Ahlberg 81 Swedish Cinematographer
26 Natina Reed 32 American Actress, Singer
27 Robert W. Castle 81 American Actor
28 Merry Anders 78 American Actress
28 Bob Brunner 78 American Screenwriter
30 Leonard Termo 77 American Actor
31 Brian Cobby 83 English Actor
31 Teri Shields 79 American Actress, Producer
November 5 Olympe Bradna 93 French-American Actress
5 Margaret Nichols 82 American Animator
6 Clive Dunn 92 English Actor, Singer
7 Richard Robbins 71 American Composer
8 Lucille Bliss 96 American Actress
8 Roger Hammond 76 English Actor
9 Bobbi Jordan 75 American Actress
9 Pat Renella 83 American Actor
17 Bonnie Lynn Fields 68 American Actress
17 Katherine Kath 92 English Actress
21 Dann Cahn 89 American Film Editor
21 Deborah Raffin 59 American Actress
22 Mel Shaw 97 American Animator, Screenwriter
23 Larry Hagman 81 American Actor, Director
23 John Kemeny 87 Hungarian-Canadian Producer
25 Dinah Sheridan 92 English Actress
26 Martin Richards 80 American Producer
27 Bob Kellett 84 English Director, Producer, Screenwriter
28 Don Rhymer 51 American Screenwriter
29 Susan Luckey 74 American Actress
29 Benjamin Tatar 82 American Actor
December 3 Eileen Moran 60 American Visual Effects
7 Jeni Le Gon 96 American Actress
7 Rusty Mills 49 American Animator
8 Hal Schaefer 87 American Composer, Actor
10 Marla English 77 American Actress
10 Ed Grady 89 American Actor
10 Patricia Kennedy 96 Australian Actress
11 Ravi Shankar 92 Indian-American Composer, Musician
12 Don Medford 95 American Director
13 Jack Hanlon 96 American Actor
14 Kenneth Kendall 88 Indian-English Actor
16 Axel Anderson 83 German-Puerto Rican Actor
18 Danny Steinmann 70 American Director, Screenwriter
21 Daphne Oxenford 93 English Actress
22 Cliff Osmond 75 American Actor
24 Richard Rodney Bennett 76 English Composer
24 Charles Durning 89 American Actor
24 Lee Hartman 82 American Animator, Actor
24 Jack Klugman 90 American Actor
26 Gerry Anderson 83 English Director, Producer, Screenwriter
27 Harry Carey Jr. 91 American Actor
28 Jon Finch 70 English Actor
30 Mike Hopkins 53 New Zealand Sound Editor
30 Gloria Pall 85 American Actress

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brody, Richard (9 December 2012). "The Best Movies of 2012". The New Yorker. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  2. ^ "2012 Worldwide Box Office". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 7, 2020.