Most admirable attempt at something totally different: Will Ferrell’s Casa de Mi Padre, which was set in Mexico and spoken entirely in Spanish. The joke got old after awhile, though.
Best romantic comedy: The Silver Linings Playbook. Crazies in love.
Most surprisingly fun romantic comedy: Think Like a Man.
Worst romantic comedy: This Means War.
Creepiest romantic comedy: People Like Us, in which a man pretends to woo a woman he knows to be his half-sister.
Most convincing evidence Tim Burton has run out of gas: Dark Shadows and the warmed-over leftover Frankenweenie.
Coolest sound effect: The thwap-thwap of the propellers of the special low-noise, hard-to-detect helicopters used during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Zero Dark Thirty.
Most horrifying plot twist: In Kill List, two hit men carrying out orders try to execute the wrong guy. Suddenly, we are in The Wicker Man territory.
Best car chase: Tom Cruise chases the bad guys while cops chase him in Jack Reacher.
Worst car chase: The bicycle-messenger thriller Premium Rush.
Funniest out-of-nowhere comedic bit in an otherwise serious movie: KKK members (including Jonah Hill) complain about not being able to see through their hoods in Django Unchained.
Best documentary structured as a mystery: Searching for Sugar Man.
Best homeboy (and homegirl) made good: The Borscht Corp.’s Lucas Leyva and Jillian Mayer, whose short film Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke played at several prestigious festivals, including Sundance and SXSW (their latest collaboration, #Postmodem, has already been accepted to next year’s Sundance).
Most bloated movie: Flight. After that horrifying plane crash, the rest of the movie went nowhere — for 2 1/2 hours.
Most bloated movie that at least looked cool: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was at least 45 minutes too long, but the 3D and high frame rate kept your eyes entertained.
Best reboot: The Amazing Spider-Man.
Best horror movie disguised as a cop drama: Two LAPD patrol officers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña) get into increasingly harrowing situations in End of Watch.
Most lurid, over-the-top movie: The Paperboy. Lee Daniels later said he intended to make a comedy. Sure, dude. Whatever you say.
Best place for single guys who want to meet women: The theater lobby showing the male stripper comedy Magic Mike.
Further proof that whenever Hollywood races to make two competing movies about the same subject, they both turn out bad: Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Best marketed movie: Prometheus. The extensive ad campaign was better than the film.
Worst marketed movie: John Carter. It’s as if the studio did everything it could to make the film look bad.
Best example of a good gag overstaying its welcome: The foul-mouthed teddy bear from Ted. Shut up, already.
Best use of 3D: Ang Lee’s eye-popping Life of Pi.
Worst use of 3D: Wrath of the Titans.
Most needless use of 3D: The Avengers.
Best photographed film: Skyfall, shot by the great cinematographer Roger Deakins ( No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski).
Most convincing proof mankind’s future is bright: Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy and the jukebox musical Rock of Ages both bombed.