The year here is defined by premiere date and not release (as most of these films didn’t make it to wide release until 2012).
I couldn’t leave any of these films off.
Honorable Mentions: Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols), Goodbye First Love (Mia Hansen-Løve), Memories of a Morning (José Luis Guerín), Terri (Azazel Jacobs), Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier)
Still haven’t seen The Turin Horse, among others.
Anna Paquin, Margaret
Alice Barnole, House of Tolerance
Zoé Héran, Tomboy
Kate Lyn Shiel, Silver Bullets
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Anders Danielsen Lie, Oslo, August 31st
Paul Schneider, Beloved
Tom Cullen, Weekend
The youth ensemble of Play, Play