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We're well into the annual film awards season, with many critics' awards announced and Golden Globes nominations revealed. But here are my "Top 10" movies of 2012. Don't miss these films!

No. 10:

I choose "The Impossible," director Juan Antonio Bayona's compelling recreation of the horror of the terrifying 2004 tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands. Based on a true story, "The Impossible" showcases brilliant performances by Naomi Watts, Ewan Mcgregor and young Tom Holland as a family suddenly thrown into one of the worst natural disasters in recent world history.

No. 9:

I'm going with one of the most charming, quirky films of 2012. "Moonrise Kingdom" is about two 12-year-olds in 1965 who fall in love and then make a secret pact to run away. This upsets the adults in their lives, who are frightened about the kids being caught in a violent storm heading their way. This must-see movie features a terrific cast that includes Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.

No. 8:

"Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's important film focuses on the last few months of Abraham Lincoln's life and his campaign to pass the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in America forever. "Lincoln" gives us unforgettable, Oscar-worthy performances from Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as the fiery abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens.

No. 7:

"Skyfall" is one of the best James Bond films ever - and certainly the best of the three "007" movies - stars Daniel Craig as the iconic British secret agent. Bond is shown with far more vulnerability that ever before in the latest installment, with Craig and Judi Dench as "M" delving into all aspects of that unique relationship between the spy and spymaster. A special note must be made of Javier Bardem, who is superb as the bizarrely twisted villain Silva.

No. 6:

The wonderful "Silver Linings Playbook" is an unusual film about a troubled man played by Bradley Cooper, in his best performance to date. He plays a Philadelphia high school teacher who loses everything - his job, his marriage and his home - after he almost kills a fellow teacher he catches cheating with his wife. Along with Coper, Jennifer Lawrence is stellar as the equally-troubled young widow who comes into cooper's character's life. The same goes for Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver, who play his parents. This one is a true winner.

No. 5:

Oscar winning director Ang Lee has done the seeming impossible, bringing "Life of Pi" to the big screen. The film is based on the international best seller about a young man who survives as sea disaster, while improbably sharing a small lifeboat with a frightening Bengal tiger. This is a tale of survival, but also one that showcases a true journey of discovery.

No. 4:

"Argo" proves once again that Ben Affleck is both an outstanding actor and a first-class story-teller as a director. This gripping film is all about the CIA covert operation to rescue six Americans who escaped the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the hostage crisis in 1979. The amazing cover story? They created a fake movie project, to allow the American embassy officials to pretend they were making a sci-fi film. It was so crazy - it worked!

No. 3:

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a little independent film about a young girl's imagination, unfailing optimism and the tough life for the people living in a forgotten bayou community in Louisiana, as they face a fierce storm that changes everyone's life. First time actress Quvenzhane Wallis - only six years old at the time she shot this movie - is unbelievable, and likely could become the youngest-ever actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

No. 2:

Director Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," the long-anticipated film based on the world's longest-running musical, is based on Victor Hugo's classic about the fight against tyranny in 19th century France. But the all-star cast - including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway - has made the wait worth it. They gave audiences an operatic epic that focuses on those universal themes of love, revenge, redemption and ultimately, hope.

No. 1:

"Zero Dark Thirty" is another spectacular film from director Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal - who won their first Oscars for "The Hurt Locker." Jessica Chastain gives an Academy Award-worthy performance as the woman who helped orchestrate the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. "Zero Dark Thirty" is a thrilling adventure from start to finish.

In my opinion, "Zero Dark Thirty" is truly the best film of the year. We'll have to wait and see what the Oscar voters think, come February.

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