This is between Les Mis and Silver Linings for me but I’ll go with Silver Linings because there wasn’t a weak link in the movie (Crowe ruins Les Mis’ chance). Argo has a great cast and so does Lincoln and Marigold I think was nominated for name recognition of all those vetern British actors
The Master should have been nominated and won.
I went with Silver Linings Playbook.
2. Silver Linings Playbook
3. Les Miserables
5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (a rather bland film but a truly nice ensemble)
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Les Miserables
my 5 personal favourites
Zero Dark Thirty had the best (and most inspired) cast that year, featuring relative unknowns in great roles. Put Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, and Chris Pratt out there and on the map. Shame it wasn’t nominated.