Les Miserables received 16 nominations this year (15 positive), more than any other film, followed by
Lincoln with 13 nominations and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and
Silver Linings Playbook with 11 each.
Les Miserables’ 16 nominations ties it with
Chicago for the most nominations for a movie musical. However, because of Russell Crowe’s Worst Performance nomination,
Chicago still has the most positive nominations.
Lincoln won five
Cosmos, more than any other 2012 movie, including Best Film, Best
Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actor (Tommie Lee Jones),
Best Dramatic Film, and Best Historical Film.
The Best Film always wins one
of the two top genre categories, Comedy or Drama -- and usually
Drama. This held true in 2012 when Lincoln won both Best Film
and Best Drama.
Anne Hathaway received four individual acting nominations this year (not to mention one ensemble nod), the most of any performer this year. She’s followed by Jennifer Lawrence with three individual and two ensemble nominations.
Anne Hathaway won two Cosmos,
Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables and Intimate
Actress for The Dark Knight. She's the only person in 2012 to
win multiple awards.
Ian McKellen’s Best Supporting Actor nomination for
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is his fourth supporting actor nomination for playing Gandalf in the Middle Earth movies – the most major category acting nominations ever achieved for an actor playing the same character. He won the category for
Fellowship of the Ring.
Helena Bonham Carter’s Best Female Villain nomination for
Les Miserables was her third villainous nomination. She won the award twice before, tying with herself the same year for
Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,
but lost in 2012 to Charlize Theron for Snow White and the
The Best Film nomination for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey means that every Middle Earth film has been nominated for Best Film.
Peter Jackson received his fourth Best Director nomination for
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – more than any other director in Cosmo history.
Ben Affleck is the only person this year to receive acting and directing nods, both for
Argo, a feat previously achieved by John Cameron Mitchell for
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (for which he won Best Actor), and Zach Braff for
The winner of Best Film
usually also wins Best Director, but in 2012 there was a rare split:
Lincoln won Best Film but Ben Affleck won Best Director for
This has happened twice before in Cosmo history: in 2004, when
Million Dollar Baby won Best Film but Martin Scorsese won
Best Director for
The Aviator, and in 2010 when The King’s Speech won
Best Film while Christopher Nolan won Best Director for
Anne Hathaway achieved a rare Best Heroic Character and Best Villain nomination for her portrayal as Catwoman in
The Dark Knight Rises, a feat only matched by Angelina Jolie for
Mr. & Mrs. Smith. (Famke Janssen received similar split nominations for the same character in different films,
X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, while Ian McKellen received similar split nominations the same year for different characters in different films.)
Sally Field was the only person
for the 2012 awards to be nominated in the same year for both a Lifetime Achievement award as well as for a current year film. This happens surprisingly often, perhaps because a new role inspires voters to
look at their entire career. This feat has been achieved by five others before (Cate Blanchett at the second and third awards, Maggie Smith at the second awards, Meryl Streep at the third awards, Jessica Lange at the fourth awards, and Johnny Depp at the eighth awards).
The Godfather: Part II is the first movie sequel to be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement. The first film in the series,
The Godfather, was inducted at the last awards.
In 2012, there were ties in
two categories: Whoopi Goldberg and Goldie Hawn tied for Best
Comedic Actress Hall of Fame, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey and Looper tied for Best Science Fiction or
Fantasy Film of 2012.
With eight nominations and
zero wins, The Amazing Spider-Man was the most-nominated film
in 2012 to be shut out, followed by The Hunger Games with
seven nominations and Zero Dark Thirty with six.