The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013 TV Special)
- Argo (2012): Tony Mendez must help extract US diplomats from Post-Revolutionary Iran at the risk of their lives.
- Amour (2012): Georges must make critical decisions involving the care of his ill wife, Anne.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Wink must teach Hushpuppy to survive for the sake of her life as their environment changes dramatically.
- Django Unchained (2012): Dr. Shultz frees Django, mentors him, and helps him rescue his wife.
- Les Misérables (2012): Fantine must become a prostitute to support her daughter, Cosette. Valjean eventually becomes a father-figure to Cosette by promise to Fantine.
- Life of Pi (2012): Both Pi and Richard Parker must support each other in order to survive.
- Lincoln (2012): President Lincoln must convince Congress to pass the 13th Amendment in order to end slavery and the Civil War.
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Pat must enter the dance competition with Tiffany in order to help his father win money he desperately needs and reunite with his estranged wife.
- Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Maya must convince the CIA about her assured certainty on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, and guides Seal Team Six as they hunt him down in Operation Neptune Spear.