Pete Hammond is Deadline’s awards columnist. This story appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of AwardsLine.
Argo: This remarkable true-life tale of a group of Americans who pose as filmmakers in order to be smuggled out of 1979 Tehran works on every level and was a real crowdpleaser. It also made the movie industry look good, which should be a plus come Oscar time.
Life of Pi: Ang Lee combined an unfilmable book with advanced motion-picture technology—and wowed audiences with a visual masterwork.
The Master: Though it’s polarizing in many aspects and sure to divide audiences, Paul Thomas Anderson’s tour de force got people talking.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky’s book-turned-film might be the true sleeper of the season. It’s the strongest film about the life of a teen since Breaking Away.
Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell’s funny and moving character study of two broken people who use each other to mend was perhaps the critical and audience consensus winner at Toronto and the one to beat come Oscars.