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By now every Film Critics Association in the country has printed their list and the Golden Globes and Oscars are poised to tell us what were the best movies, actors, etc. 2012. Yet none of these filings breaks down who was the Biggest Star of the year. Who was Hollywood’s ‘It Girl’ of 2012?
Remember back when you’d never heard of Jessica Chastain, then suddenly last year when she seemed to have a movie on the marquee every time you went to the Cineplex? Not just bit parts in rom-coms or genre flicks, but starring in high profile Oscar-bait like THE HELP, TAKE SHELTER, THE DEBT, TREE OF LIFE etc.
Funny thing is that most of the time ‘It Girl’ isn’t even a girl. In previous years it was Ryan Reynolds (THE PROPOSAL, BURIED, GREEN LANTERN, THE CHANGE-UP), Colin Ferrell (PHONE BOOTH, THE RECRUIT, DAREDEVIL, S.W.A.T.), Jude Law (I HEART HUCKABEES, SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, ALFIE, CLOSER, THE AVIATOR)…and every year it threatens to be Samuel L. Jackson. Hell, before that it was Michael Caine.
So, who were the contenders for 2012?
The indie/mumblecore director seems like the unlikeliest of choices yet he jumped out early in the year starring several movies (YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, DARLING COMPANION, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED and a cameo in ZERO DARK THIRTY), some released in the same month. All of this plus his role in the FX TV series “The League”.
This was the year Matthew McConaghey woke everybody up and reminded us that he can be a great actor by starring in (or nearly stealing) four of the best reviewed movies of the year (BERNIE, THE PAPERBOY, MAGIC MIKE, KILLER JOE).
Kid’s come a loooong way from “Third Rock from The Sun”. Once summer kicked off JG-L found himself in a slew of high profile films (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, LOOPER, PREMIUM RUSH, LINCOLN) that would make any young fanboy green with envy.
And the winner is…
Actually there was one more candidate who managed to be prominently featured in no less than FIVE #1 movies this year (BRAVE, THE HOBBIT, SNOW WHITE & the HUNTSMAN, THE AVENGERS, THE HUNGER GAMES), as well as two hit TV series!
That’s right, the winner is
I suppose it was due, but maybe for the first time since the Middle Ages it’s a great time to be an archer.
“Uh, say what?”