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And here are the final picks from the San Diego Film Critics for the best of 2012

The San Diego Film Critics Society (of which Moviewallas is a member) had their final voting today and the winners have already been announced.

The final picks in almost every major category beat the popular consensus. The top prize for Best Film of the year went to ‘Argo’, a movie that has figured in year end nominations from most film critic bodies, but had not procured the final pick for any of them. Until now. The  Best Director selection went hand-in-hand with Best Picture, with Ben Affleck getting recognized for helming ‘Argo’. Its been a rather long time since the San Diego Film Critics awarded Best Film and Best Director to the same movie.

The picks in the acting categories were a mix of unconventional selections from smaller films (Michelle Williams in “Take This Waltz” for Best Female Actor) as well as the more obvious (Daniel Day Lewis in “Lincoln” for Best Male Actor). The San Diego Film Critics were also the first group to laud Emma Watson with a Best Female Supporting Actor award for her turn in ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower”, a fine film that has not found a larger audience. The film also nabbed honors in the Best Ensemble Performance category. For Best Male Supporting Actor, Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained” beat out more prominent competition including those from the same film (Leonardo diCaprio) to land the prize.

The best things about films is how one’s persons dream movie is another’s idea of torture. Be sure to post your reactions in the comments section below.

The full list of winners :

BEST FILM –
WINNER: ARGO

BEST DIRECTOR –
WINNER: Ben Affleck, ARGO

BEST ACTRESS –
WINNER: Michelle Williams, TAKE THIS WALTZ

BEST ACTOR –
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS –
WINNER: Emma Watson, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR –
WINNER: Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY –
WINNER: Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY –
WINNER: Chris Terrio, ARGO

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM –
WINNER: THE KID WITH A BIKE

BEST DOCUMENTARY –
WINNER: THE INVISIBLE WAR

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY –
WINNER: Claudio Miranda, LIFE OF PI

BEST ANIMATED FILM –
WINNER: PARANORMAN

BEST EDITING –
WINNER: William Goldenberg, ARGO

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN –
WINNER: Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch CLOUD ATLAS

BEST SCORE –
WINNER: Jonny Greenwood, THE MASTER

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE–
WINNER: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

BODY OF WORK FOR 2012–
WINNER: Greig Fraser (cinematographer: ZERO DARK THIRTY, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN)

KYLE COUNTS AWARD–Dan Bennett, Member Emeritus SDFCS, former North County Times Film Critic, Festival Director of the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival

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