BEST PICTURE: All year I figured it would be this one, taken minutes after her birth:
But I just love this one too:
BEST AD: (tie) AT&T aired this Olympics ad several hours after the event in the commercial actually happened live in London. Amazing use of technology to capture the viewer's attention. Co-winner: This ad that makes fun of people who stand in line to buy a portable telephone. Hilariously dead-on.
BEST NEWS STORY INVOLVING A CAT: This cat is mayor of a small Alaska town.
BEST AMATEUR ATHLETE: Manti Te'o, linebacker, University of Notre Dame. Runner-up: Missy Franklin, swimmer/lip-syncher, America.
Manti Te'o, after beating Michigan.
BEST MOVIE: Argo (dir. Ben Affleck).
WORST MOVIE: The Dictator (dir. Larry Charles). Not that it was awful, but I only saw two movies in 2012.
BEST TV SHOW: "Louie" (FX).
BEST NOTRE DAME GAME: We saw the 17-14 win over BYU on Oct. 20.
BEST BASEBALL GAME: The Indians game I guess. We did not go to any Cubs games.
BEST WEEK: Chicago week on Conan O'Brien's show. (June 11-14).
BEST CAREER MOVE: Accepting a new position, then getting laid off (with severance) from my old job before I could turn in my notice. Yes, this really happened. (Aug. 22)
BEST SONG: "We Take Care of Our Own" by Bruce.
WORST/CATCHIEST SONG: The "red, yellow, blue" song on the baby's exersaucer. Runner-up: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.
BEST ROAD TRIP: To Cleveland and Buffalo (Aug. 23-27).
BEST CONCERT (OUTDOORS): Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Wrigley Field (Sept. 7).
BEST CONCERT (INDOORS): Ray LaMontagne at the Chicago Theatre (Dec. 1). Runner-up: Alejandro Escovedo at the Prairie Center for the Arts (Apr. 21).
Thanks for reading my year-end review. I hope 2013 finds you happy and healthy and at peace.