2012 CAST Awards Announcement

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


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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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