2012 CAST Awards Announcement

Moonrise Kingdom
A con­vin­cing win for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom


Update: Check out the second annual CASTcast pod­cast organ­ized by the Mamo.ca guys! It’s hos­ted by our friends over at Row Three. Hear me and six other loud­mouths debate the res­ults for an hour!

I’m very pleased to announce the res­ults of the 3rd edi­tion of the CAST Awards. I received 33 com­pleted bal­lots from film lov­ers in the Greater Toronto Area. Here are the CAST Top 25 voted from among all films that had a the­at­rical or fest­ival release in Toronto dur­ing 2012. Voters ranked up to 10 films on their bal­lot from top to bot­tom, with first choices receiv­ing 10 points, second choices 9, etc. The Points column lists the total score for each film, the Mentions column indic­ates the num­ber of bal­lots it appeared on, and the First column indic­ates the total num­ber of voters who chose the film as their top choice. I’m proud of the group of crit­ics we’ve gathered, even though I’ve described us else­where as “a ragtag group of semi-pro­fes­sional film blog­gers, tweeters and Lightbox lobby loiter­ers.” 122 dif­fer­ent films received at least one men­tion this year, although 71 of those received only one men­tion.

1. Moonrise Kingdom 138 20 1
2.The Master 92 13 4
3. Looper 77 13 1
4. Skyfall 67 13 1
5. The Imposter 61 9 2
6. Django Unchained 59 12 0
7. Stories We Tell 56 7 3
8. Argo 56 10 1
9. The Dark Knight Rises 48 9 1
10. Lincoln 46 6 2
11. Amour 43 7 0
12. The Avengers 43 8 2
13. Silver Linings Playbook 43 8 1
14. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 42 6 1
15. Holy Motors 39 8 1
16. Prometheus 38 6 2
17. Cloud Atlas 38 6 1
18. Life of Pi 28 5 0
19. Les Miserables 26 4 0
20. Beasts of the Southern Wild 23 6 0
21. Killer Joe 22 3 1
22. The Raid: Redemption 21 4 0
23. Compliance 20 3 1
24. Beyond the Hills 20 3 0
25. The Cabin in the Woods 19 5 0


Here is a PDF with each person’s bal­lot and the col­lated res­ults, with a few more inter­est­ing stats included. Voters could opt out of hav­ing their bal­lot included, so you may notice some omis­sions, but rest assured that each sub­mit­ted bal­lot con­trib­uted to the over­all res­ults.

And for those still read­ing, here is my very own CAST bal­lot, with my top ten from 2012.

My CAST Ballot

  1. The Master
  2. Only The Young
  3. The Imposter
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Looper
  6. Bernie
  7. Indie Game: The Movie
  8. Tchoupitoulas
  9. Sound of My Voice
  10. Beasts of the Southern Wild
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4 Responses to 2012 CAST Awards Announcement

  1. Nostra says:

    I can under­stand it being num­ber one (it was men­tioned in my top 10), have not heard of Stories We Tell or Only The Young, so will try to check those out!

  2. Thanks very much for your visit and your com­ment, Nostra! Stories We Tell (dir­ec­ted by Sarah Polley) and Only the Young (dir­ec­ted by Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet) are both doc­u­ment­ar­ies. Hopefully, both will get some kind of release in the Netherlands.

  3. Dan Heaton says:

    It’s great that Moonrise Kingdom made the top of the list. It’s inter­est­ing that only one per­son had it at #1, so it was the col­lect­ive enjoy­ment of it across the board that did it. It was my #1 of the year, though I see need to see a lot more of the big ones. I’ve also never heard of Stories We Tell, so that’s being added to the Watch List. Cool idea with the CAST Awards!

  4. Thanks, Dan! I am sure that Moonrise Kingdom will be even more enjoy­able for me on sub­sequent view­ings, so even if I didn’t have it at the very top of my list, I’m really pleased that it proved to be the over­whelm­ing choice of our little group. Keep an eye out for Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell. Although I haven’t yet seen it, it’s knocked out every­one I know who has.

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