I don’t remember where, but I saw a headline recently that proclaimed 2012 to be the Year of Channing Tatum. Every year seems to be the year of someone. 2011 was the year of Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, Drive, The Ides of March, Crazy, Stupid, Love). 2008 was the year of Robert Downey. Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder). 2004 was the year of Jude Law (all the movies). Nicolas Cage and Sam Jackson probably traded positions on all the years in between.
You get the idea: A big year in terms of quality, quantity, and box office. Will 2012 be the year of Channing Tatum? In the end, I think not: It’ll be the year of Renner. But here are the 10 Candidates for “Year of” Honors, in the order in which they will likely end the year(ish) in terms of quality, quantity, and box office.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio (November 11, 2011 - December 21, 2012) — J. Edgar, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby
5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (July 20, 2012 - December 21, 2012) — The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, Looper and Lincoln.
8. Jennifer Lawrence (March 23, 2012 - November 21, 2012) — The Hunger Games, House at the End of the Street, Silver Linings Playbook.