5. Looper – Bob Ducsay
For the leanest movie of the year. Every moment of tension is perfectly timed.
4. Moonrise Kingdom – Andrew Weisblum
For a vivacious use of whimiscal storytelling that feels just right with every cut.
3. Marvel’s The Avengers – Lisa Lassek, Jeffrey Ford
For a smattering array of blockbuster action that never feels haphazard which, by today standards, is nothing short of a miracle.
2. Argo – William Goldenberg
For an excellent equipoise of espionage immediacy and Hollywood satire.
1. Amour – Nadine Muse, Monika Willi
For a spotless exploration. We are intruders and should not be permitted to see what we're seeing.
Runner Up: Killer Joe – Darrin Navarro & Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor