Alex’s 2012 Ira Ballot

Another Destination Iras! This year we’re going to beautiful Truro, MA, the hometown of our friends Howard and Ed, who are graciously hosting our grand ceremony this year.

And again this year the Iras are a two-night affair: The first night will be devoted to our round-up of the best films of the 1950s. (We’re going to do a different decade every year. In 2014 it’ll be the 1960s.)

The second night will be our usual deal: the best and worst of 2012.

We’ll post the results of both on Sunday night.

I had a harder time filling out my ballot for 2012 than for any year since I’ve been an Ira voter. My favorite film of the year is unlikely to get support from anyone else (mock away, Aaron) and so I might change some of this around when we’re actually in the room casting votes. (You’re allowed to do that.) But while we’re in the void of Pomona, here’s my ideal Ira ballot.

(A reminder: The ballot works on a point system. So The Grey is my top choice for Best Editing, i.e. my 5-pointer. Wuthering Heights is my next-favorite, etc.)

Best Editing

5 points: Roger Barton & Jason Hellman, The Grey
4 points: Nicolas Chaudeurge, Wuthering Heights
3 points: Todd Woody Richman & Tyler H. Walk, How to Survive a Plague
2 points: Wolfgang Widerhofer, Michael
1 point: Bob Ducsay, Looper

Best Production Design

5. Rick Carter, Lincoln
4. Hugh Bateup & Uli Hanisch, Cloud Atlas
3. Martin Whist, The Cabin in the Woods
2. Arvinder Grewal, Cosmopolis
1. Beth Mickle, Arbitrage

Best Costume Design

5. Jany Tamime, Skyfall
4. Tran Nu Yên Khê, Norwegian Wood
3. Steven Noble, Wuthering Heights
2. Kari Perkins, Bernie
1. Anaïs Romand, Holy Motors

Best Score

5. Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas
4. David Holmes, Haywire
3. Stuart Bogie, How to Survive a Plague
2. Johnny Greenwood, The Master & Norwegian Wood
1. Mark Streitenfeld, The Grey

Best Cinematography

5. Masanobu Takanayagi, The Grey
4. Caroline Champetier, Holy Motors
3. Gökhan Tiryaki, Once upon a Time in Anatolia
2. Mark Lee Ping Bin, Norwegian Wood
1. Robbie Ryan, Wuthering Heights

Best Supporting Actress

5. Cecile de France, The Kid with a Bike (though I have a hunch the decision-making body of the Iras will rule her a lead)
4. Rinko Kikuchi, Norwegian Wood
3. Lara Cayoutte, Django Unchained
2. Emily Blunt, Looper
1. Shirley MacLaine, Bernie
Alternate (in case Cecile jumps to Best Actress): Juliette Binoche, Cosmopolis

Best Supporting Actor

5. Zachary Booth, Keep the Lights On
4. Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods
3. Nate Parker, Arbitrage
2. Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths
1. Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best Actress

5. Hani Furstenberg, The Loneliest Planet
4. Ariane Labed, Attenberg
3. Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
2. Michelle Williams, Take This Waltz
1. Nadezhda Markina, Elena

Best Actor

5. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
4. Anders Danielsen Lie, Oslo, August 31st
3. Jack Black, Bernie
2. Michael Fuith, Michael
1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors

Best Screenplay

5. Joe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, The Grey
4. Tony Kushner, Lincoln
3. Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet
2. Andrea Arnold & Olivia Hetreed, Wuthering Heights
1. Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Keep the Lights On

Best Director

5. Joe Carnahan, The Grey
4. Andrea Arnold, Wuthering Heights
3. Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet
2. Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz
1. Nure Bilge Ceylon, Once upon a Time in Anatolia

Best Picture

5. The Grey
4. The Loneliest Planet
3. How to Survive a Plague
2. Lincoln
1. Wuthering Heights

And the ironic awards:

Mechanical Actor

5. Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
4. Russell Crowe, Les Miserables
3. Sacha Baron Cohen, Les Miserables
2. Eddie Redmayne, Les Miserables
1. Aaron Tveit, Les Miserables

Mechanical Actress

5. Amanda Seyfried, Les Miserables
4. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
3. Isabelle Allen, Les Miserables
2. Helena Bonham Carter, Les Miserables
1. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Sominex (for the movie that puts you to sleep)

5. The Turin Horse
4. Les Miserables
3. The Master
2. Rust and Bone
1. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Dramamine (for the movie that makes you sick)

5. The Impossible
4. Silver Linings Playbook
3. The Sessions
2. Monsieur Lazhar
1. Hitchcock


About Aaron & Alex

We're two highly opinionated, movie-going, liberal, cynical, (single) New York Jews who like to bitch about movies.
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