This was the year absolutely no one could predict Best Picture for the 86th Academy Awards: not even me, the Oscar witch. This made directors Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron and David O. Russell very crazy.
Makers is a term for all women, whether or not she calls herself a feminist, makes a home, works on a construction crew. She may be the first woman firefighter, first female brigadier general, or first woman orthodox rabbi.
As to the DGA awards, Hooper joins Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, and Ben Affleck for this honor. Omitted were Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, and most serious, a favorite: David O. Russell.
From his Jean Valjean role in Les Miserables and his generous on-the-spot performances at various celebrations, including a lunch hosted by Ron Meyer, Hugh Jackman is truly a songman you want to have around.
Affleck is on the cover, as the No. 1 "Entertainer of the Year." This is in recognition of his critically acclaimed, box-office hit, Argo. That film -- one of the very best of the year -- clinches Ben's "redemption" as a serious actor/producer/director.
On the face of it, Flight is your standard redemption story. Taking you aboard a plane falling apart in heavy winds, Flight is not what it seems. The film is about character, extending beyond the lead to nuanced supporting roles.
On April 19, 1989, you could not miss the headlines -- and the horror of the Central Park jogger case. The Central Park Five, a deft examination of the most publicized rape case in NY history, questions the handling of this case.
Reflecting his own politics, the film features footage of our tux-adorned president addressing the audience at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner, coolly cracking jokes as if the drama were not taking place.
You know the 3D animated feature Hotel Transylvania is for kids because it starts with diaper changing, fart, and piss jokes aplenty. Fortunately, it moves on to be a father-daughter tale about tolerance.
Alison Klayman, an American and recent college grad in 2008 went to China, not knowing precisely what she would do there. Asked to videotape Ai Weiwei, she fell into a subject much larger than a sculptor and conceptual artist.
A private jet, seven lunches, six premieres, 16 parties, five megayachts, one helicopter, one-on-ones with Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger, and Robert DeNiro. One woman lives the dream at the Cannes Film Festival.