Top news for year 2012

Date Headline
January 23, 2012 Costa Concordia disaster: Italian cruise ship capsizes off the coast of Tuscany, killing 32 people
February 6, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years on the throne
May 9, 2012 Barack Obama becomes the first sitting US president to publicly support same-sex marriage
May 20, 2012 Facebook goes public in one of the largest IPOs in history
June 18, 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum at the Embassy of Ecuador in London
July 20, 2012 James Holmes opens fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others
August 5, 2012 London hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics, with the United States winning the most medals
August 6, 2012 Curiosity rover lands on Mars, beginning a mission to explore the planet's surface
September 11, 2012 US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans are killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi
November 6, 2012 Barack Obama is re-elected as President of the United States, defeating Mitt Romney
November 14, 2012 Israel launches Operation Pillar of Defense against Hamas in the Gaza Strip
December 14, 2012 Adam Lanza opens fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 26 people, including 20 children

Movies of the year

Movie Title Director Genre IMDb Rating
Argo Ben Affleck Drama, Thriller 7.7
Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino Western, Drama 8.4
The Avengers Joss Whedon Action, Sci-Fi 8.0
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell Comedy, Drama 7.7
Life of Pi Ang Lee Adventure, Drama 7.9
Lincoln Steven Spielberg Drama, History 7.3
Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow Drama, Thriller 7.4
The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan Action, Thriller 8.4
Les Mis�rables Tom Hooper Drama, Musical 7.6
Skyfall Sam Mendes Action, Thriller 7.7
Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin Drama, Fantasy 7.3
Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson Comedy, Drama 7.8
Amour Michael Haneke Drama, Romance 7.9
Looper Rian Johnson Action, Sci-Fi 7.4
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson Drama 7.1
Flight Robert Zemeckis Drama, Thriller 7.3
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Drama, Romance 8.0
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson Adventure, Fantasy 7.8
Anna Karenina Joe Wright Drama, Romance 6.6

Oscar award winner of year

Category Winner Description
Best Picture The Artist A black-and-white silent film about the transition from silent films to "talkies" in Hollywood.
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) Hazanavicius won for his direction of The Artist.
Best Actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist) Dujardin won for his portrayal of George Valentin, a silent film star struggling to adapt to the new era of talking pictures.
Best Actress Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) Streep won for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer (Beginners) Plummer won for his portrayal of Hal Fields, a man who comes out as gay at the age of 75.
Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) Spencer won for her portrayal of Minny Jackson, a maid in 1960s Mississippi who helps a young white woman write a book about the experiences of black maids.
Best Original Screenplay Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) Allen won for his screenplay about a writer who travels back in time to 1920s Paris.
Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash (The Descendants) The trio won for their adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Best Animated Feature Rango A computer-animated Western film about a chameleon who becomes the sheriff of a town called Dirt.
Best Foreign Language Film A Separation (Iran) A drama about a couple who are separating and the impact it has on their daughter and the people around them.