Oscar Eligible Movies From 2012by Col Needham | created - 27 Dec 2012 | updated - 17 Dec 2013 | Public
This is an IMDb list containing all the 2012 Oscar eligible movies as defined by AMPAS here via these eligibility rules.
At the time of list creation (27 December 2012) I have seen 137 out of 281 titles. 5 have no votes on IMDb so have not yet been seen by anyone, and a sizeable number have yet to open in the UK plus I have not screened at any festivals I attended.
I'm very pleased with my coverage at this point again and it will only improve before the actual ceremony.
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1. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
R | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.
Votes: 136,607 | Gross: $37.52M
3. Zambezia (2012)
G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, "Zambezia" is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of "Zambezia" ... See full summary »
4. After the Wizard (2011)
Not Rated | 80 min | Family, Fantasy
A 12-year-old Kansas orphan turns to the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman for help during a difficult time. She imagines that things have not gone well in Oz since the Wizard left and that the... See full summary »
Votes: 277 | Gross: $0.00M
5. Alex Cross (2012)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled hired killer who specializes in torture and pain.
Votes: 29,867 | Gross: $25.89M
6. Yi Pao Er Hong (2011)
120 min | Comedy
A light hearted comedy about a girl from a small town in Malaysia who dreams of becoming a star in neighboring Singapore. Along the way, she meets a shy coffee shop assistant who Ah Seng ... See full summary »
7. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.
Votes: 491,632 | Gross: $262.03M
8. American Reunion (2012)
R | 113 min | Comedy
Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.
Votes: 182,920 | Gross: $57.01M
9. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Votes: 78,684 | Gross: $6.74M
10. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)
R | 129 min | Drama, Romance
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.
Votes: 78,645 | Gross: $12.82M
11. Any Day Now (I) (2012)
R | 98 min | Drama
In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof.
Votes: 5,193 | Gross: $0.20M
13. Arbitrage (2012)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Votes: 44,768 | Gross: $7.92M
14. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Votes: 500,123 | Gross: $136.03M
15. Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Railroad owner Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden search desperately for the inventor of a revolutionary motor as the U.S. government continues to spread its control over the national economy.
Votes: 5,965 | Gross: $3.33M
18. Barrymore (2011)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama
As John Barrymore reckons with the ravages of his life of excess, he rents an old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III.
19. Battleship (2012)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.
Votes: 215,666 | Gross: $65.42M
21. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 74,570 | Gross: $12.80M
22. Being Flynn (2012)
R | 102 min | Drama
Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
Votes: 15,030 | Gross: $0.53M
23. Bernie (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Votes: 50,797 | Gross: $9.20M
24. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Votes: 81,043 | Gross: $46.41M
25. Big Miracle (2012)
PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Votes: 16,430 | Gross: $20.11M
26. Blue Collar Boys (2013)
93 min | Action
When a greedy developer forces his father's business into debt, Charlie "Red" Redkin must take revenge. Red and his friends will do whatever it takes to save his family. Their American dream was stolen, but "the boys" will steal it back.
27. Blue Like Jazz (2012)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
Don, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a Texas junior college, tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America.
Votes: 2,721 | Gross: $0.59M
29. Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story (2012)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History, Mystery
While filming a documentary in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African-American waiter and his family. In 2011, Frank's son returns to the Delta to examine the repercussions of that fateful encounter.
Votes: 119 | Gross: $0.01M
30. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
Votes: 253,575 | Gross: $113.20M
31. Branded (2012)
R | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
In future Moscow, where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world.
Votes: 8,186 | Gross: $0.35M
32. Brave (2012)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Votes: 308,352 | Gross: $237.28M
34. Brooklyn Castle (2012)
PG | 101 min | Documentary
Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.
Votes: 843 | Gross: $0.22M
36. Butter (2011)
R | 90 min | Comedy
In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.
Votes: 18,532 | Gross: $0.07M
37. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
5 friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Votes: 310,120 | Gross: $42.07M
38. California Solo (2012)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama
A former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years. His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life.
Votes: 933 | Gross: $0.02M
39. The Campaign (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.
Votes: 113,290 | Gross: $86.91M
40. Carmen G Fateful Immigration (2012)
87 min | Drama, Thriller
A peasant from Latin America emigrates to the United States to give her baby a better life. During her first night in New York, her whole world collapses and she spends a selfless lifetime in search for the child.
41. Casa de mi Padre (2012)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Western
Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.
Votes: 18,332 | Gross: $5.90M
43. Chasing Ice (2012)
PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
Votes: 7,102 | Gross: $1.33M
44. Chasing Mavericks (2012)
PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.
Votes: 27,479 | Gross: $6.00M
45. Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.
Votes: 56,282 | Gross: $18.12M
46. Poulet aux prunes (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death.
Votes: 7,873 | Gross: $0.25M
47. Hoshi o ou kodomo (2011)
TV-14 | 116 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.
49. Chronicle (2012)
PG-13 | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
Votes: 218,943 | Gross: $64.58M
50. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)
PG | 91 min | Fantasy
A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.
Votes: 7,422 | Gross: $12.50M
51. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Votes: 309,185 | Gross: $27.11M
52. The Cold Light of Day (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Thriller
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.
Votes: 31,273 | Gross: $3.75M
54. Compliance (2012)
R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.
Votes: 27,000 | Gross: $0.32M
55. Contraband (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.
Votes: 107,088 | Gross: $66.53M
56. Crazy Eyes (2012)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy
Zach is guy for whom the party never ends. But when he meets the girl he nicknames "Crazy Eyes," the inability to have her, combined with family matters, are signs that his idle life might be due for a change.
Votes: 478 | Gross: $0.01M
58. Crossroad (2012)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama
A father and husband tries to come to terms and forgiveness with the murderer of his family. When his attempt to meet with the murderer after his released from prison is thwarted by a ... See full summary »
59. Damsels in Distress (2011)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.
Votes: 8,240 | Gross: $1.01M
60. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,276,525 | Gross: $448.14M
61. Dark Shadows (2012)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.
Votes: 216,619 | Gross: $79.73M
63. Deadfall (2012)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.
Votes: 34,860 | Gross: $0.07M
64. Death by China (2012)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Drama, History
In 2001, China joined the World Trade Organization with the strong support of a Democratic President and Republican Congress. Before the ink was dry on this free trade agreement, China ... See full summary »
Votes: 302 | Gross: $0.04M
66. Delhi Safari (2012)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A group of animals plan a trip to Delhi in order to ask the parliament why the forest they live in is on the verge of destruction.
67. Detachment (2011)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment.
Votes: 64,240 | Gross: $0.07M
68. The Details (2011)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy's backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder.
Votes: 7,957 | Gross: $0.06M
69. The Devil Inside (2012)
R | 83 min | Horror
In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.
Votes: 32,142 | Gross: $53.26M
70. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.
Votes: 1,190 | Gross: $1.00M
71. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
School's out. Summer vacation is on. However, Greg may not have the best summer vacation ever. What could go wrong?
Votes: 17,918 | Gross: $49.01M
72. The Dictator (2012)
R | 83 min | Comedy
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
Votes: 233,359 | Gross: $59.65M
73. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Votes: 1,095,422 | Gross: $162.81M
74. The Lorax (2012)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Votes: 84,392 | Gross: $214.03M
75. Downtown Express (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Sasha is a young Russian violinist on a scholarship to Juilliard, living with his affectionate but overbearing father, a cellist determined to manage his son's career. While Sasha prepares ... See full summary »
Votes: 23 | Gross: $0.00M
76. Dredd (2012)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Votes: 221,295 | Gross: $13.41M
77. End of Watch (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.
Votes: 199,834 | Gross: $41.00M
78. Ethel (2012)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.
79. The Expendables 2 (2012)
R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Votes: 264,552 | Gross: $85.02M
80. The Eye of the Storm (2011)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama
Elizabeth Hunter controls all in her life - society, her staff, her children; but the once great beauty will now determine her most defiant act as she chooses her time to die.
Votes: 1,364 | Gross: $0.08M
81. Fame High (2012)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary
Everyone dreams of fame. From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular year-end performances, Fame High captures the in-class and at-home drama, competition, heartbreak, and ... See full summary »
82. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
R | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance
A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.
Votes: 6,892 | Gross: $0.07M
84. The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Romance
One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together.
Votes: 83,800 | Gross: $28.84M
85. Flight (I) (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.
Votes: 284,666 | Gross: $93.77M
86. For a Good Time, Call... (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
Former college frenemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.
Votes: 14,407 | Gross: $1.24M
R | 145 min | Drama, History, War
A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government.
Votes: 3,952 | Gross: $5.67M
88. For the Love of Money (2012)
R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama
One man leaves his old gangster lifestyle for a fresh start. As his past creeps up, he'll have to protect his family, even if it means going back to his old ways. Based on a true story.
89. Francine (2012)
74 min | Drama
Ex-con Francine has difficulty adjusting to life in a small lakeside town until she begins working with animals, though she finds herself growing increasingly isolated from the community and embracing forms of anti-social behavior.
90. Frankenweenie (2012)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.
Votes: 82,638 | Gross: $35.29M
91. Friends with Kids (2011)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.
Votes: 38,046 | Gross: $7.25M
92. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family
A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Votes: 23,005 | Gross: $1.00M
93. Fun Size (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy
Wren's Halloween plans go awry when she's made to babysit her brother, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he's missing.
Votes: 12,218 | Gross: $9.40M
94. The Gatekeepers (2012)
PG-13 | 101 min | Documentary, History, War
A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.
Votes: 4,957 | Gross: $2.42M
95. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.
Votes: 96,249 | Gross: $51.77M
96. Ginger & Rosa (2012)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama
A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship.
Votes: 8,905 | Gross: $1.01M
98. Girl in Progress (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.
Votes: 5,865 | Gross: $2.59M
100. The Good Doctor (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Thriller
A young doctor goes to unconscionable extremes in order to remain in the service of a female patient with a kidney disorder.
Votes: 5,630 | Gross: $0.00M