By Ray Pride

Houston Film Critics Awards 2012

Best Picture–Argo
Best Director – Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress—Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor—Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress—Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Best Screenplay—Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Best Cinematography—Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Best Animated Film—Wreck-It Ralph
Best Documentary Film—The Imposter
Best Foreign Film—Holy Motors
Best Score—Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek & Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas
Best Song—“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music & lyrics by ADELE and Paul Epworth
Texas Independent Film Award—Bernie
Worst Film—That’s My Boy
Technical Achievement—The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Humanitarian of the Year—Adam Yauch
Lifetime Achievement—Robert Duvall
Outstanding Contribution to Cinema—Jeff Millar

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“People used to love to call me a maverick, because I had a big mouth, and I’d say, ‘That bum!’ or something like that when I was young. Mainly, because I believed it, and I didn’t know there was anybody’s pain connected to the business. I was so young, I didn’t feel any pain. I just thought, ‘Why don’t they do some exciting, venturesome things? Why are they just sitting there, doing these dull pictures that have already been done many, many times, and calling them exciting? That’s a lie — they’re not exciting. Exciting is an experiment… That reputation keeps with you, through the years. Once the press calls you a maverick, it stays in their files. I’ll be dead five years, and they’ll still be saying, ‘That maverick son-of-a-bitch, he’s off in Colorado, making a movie.’ As if they really cared. You know, in this business, it’s all jealousy. I mean, this is the dumbest business I’ve ever seen in my life. If somebody gets married, they say, ‘It’ll never work.’ If somebody gets divorced, they say, ‘Good. I’ll give you my lawyer.’ If somebody loses a job, everyone will call him — to gloat. They’ll discuss it, they’ll be happy, they’ll have parties. I don’t understand how people that can see each other all the time, and be friends, can be so happy about each other’s demise.”
~ John Cassavetes


“There’s a culture of friendship in Latin American cinema, between people like Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro, which they in turn inherited from others. They’re a sensation of brotherhood, that people care abut you, look after you, which we’ve sought to maintain consciously. That ‘brotherhood’ is the best way to survive, to make better films, but it also a way of coming close to the biggest reason to make films. Filmmaking for me is like a fraternal act, like being with your family, and feeling that what we’re doing, when the film is over and makes some impact, is worth it. That intense encounter with all those people flowers, emanates for ever. You’re a kind of cousin, brother, lover, father, son of all those people with whom you worked. It’s a beautiful sensation.”
Gael García Bernal


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