Events in Film & Television in 2012

Film and TV Awards

Jan 11 38th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama)

  • Jan 12 17th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Artist wins Best Film
  • Jan 29 28th Sundance Film Festival: "The House I Live In", directed by Eugene Jarecki, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Super Bowl

Feb 5 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

  • Feb 9 62nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Caesar Must Die" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 65th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Artist" Best Film, Michel Hazanavicius Best Director
  • Feb 17 43rd NAACP Image Awards: "The Help" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

Academy Awards

Feb 26 84th Academy Awards: "The Artist" wins five Oscars and becomes the first silent film to win since 1927, Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep also win

Film Premiere

Mar 12 "The Hunger Games" directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence premieres in Los Angeles

  • Mar 16 George Clooney and other several prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience
  • Mar 20 Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down

Film & TV History

Mar 25 Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron

Film & TV History

Mar 26 Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

  • Apr 1 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards: Jack and Jill wins

WrestleMania

Apr 1 WrestleMania XXVIII, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: The Rock defeats John Cena, titled "Once in a Lifetime"

Music Concert

Apr 3 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jennifer Hudson, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Esperanza Spaulding, Bruno Mars, Bryn Terfel, and Bill Clinton

Film Premiere

Apr 11 "The Avengers", directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles

Television Premiere

Apr 15 TV comedy drama "Girls" created by and starring Lena Dunham premieres on HBO

Film & TV History

Apr 20 People magazine name Eva Mendes as one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age

Television Premiere

Apr 22 TV political comedy "Veep" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Chlumsky premieres on HBO

  • May 3 59th National Film Awards (India): "Deool" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 22 Philip Philips is crowned the eleventh American Idol
  • May 27 58th British Academy Television Awards: "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" Best Comedy, "The Fades" Best Drama
  • May 27 65th Cannes Film Festival: "Amour" directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

Jun 13 "The Amazing Spider-Man" directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

Music Concert

Jun 14 Ringo Starr's twelfth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette, and Mark Rivera, 2012-13 / Warren Ham, 2014-17

  • Jun 18 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards: Community wins Best Comedy Series, Homeland wins Best Drama Series
  • Jun 22 Cult Bollywood film "Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1" directed by Anurag Kashyap is released in India

Film Premiere

Jun 26 Animated film "Ice Age: Continental Drift", directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Buenos Aires

  • Jun 26 Police procedural drama "Line of Duty" debuts on BBC 2 in the UK
  • Jul 12 45th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film Premiere

Jul 16 "The Dark Knight Rises", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, premieres in New York

  • Jul 20 12 people are killed and 59 injured after a gunman opens fire at a Dark Knight movie premier in Aurora, Colorado,
  • Aug 29 69th Venice Film Festival: "Pieta" directed by Kim Ki-duk wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

Aug 31 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)

  • Sep 2 A decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters is lifted from State television in Egypt
  • Sep 16 37th Toronto International Film Festival: "Silver Linings Playbook" directed by David O. Russell wins the People's Choice Award

Emmy Awards

Sep 23 64th Emmy Awards: "Homeland", "Modern Family", Damian Lewis & Claire Danes win

Film & TV History

Oct 18 Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen are honoured for their work with fashion label The Row at the WSJ Magazine's Innovator Of The Year Awards in New York City

Film Premiere

Oct 23 "Skyfall", 23rd James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem premieres in London

Film & TV History

Oct 30 Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd, and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, for $4.05 billion

Film Release

Nov 14 "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, is released

  • Nov 24 Gangnam Style becomes the most viewed Youtube video surpassing 808 million views

Film Premiere

Nov 28 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" 1st of the Hobbit film series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Music History

Dec 21 "Gangnam Style" by Psy becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

  • Dec 21 Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs opens in Sterling Heights, Michigan