Sure, Steven Soderbergh had one giant hit this year with Magic Mike, but he deserved two. As a stripped-down, gender-reversed take on the typical spy action movie, Haywire is probably the most realistic possible depiction of what it's like to be a female assassin, with MMA fighter Gina Carano doing all of her own stunts and kicking the asses of Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum… pretty much every major male co-star. It's lean and ruthless and super fun, and there's no reason on earth it shouldn't have made more money than The Expendables 2.

It's made several our own personal top 10 lists here, and I can guarantee all of us die a little bit when the far inferior Frankenweenie gets nominated for awards instead. The second, intricately stop-motion animated film from Laika Studios tells what could be a familiar tale of zombies and witches, but turns the whole formula on its head to really get at the heart of what it is to be a kid who feels like an outsider. Add in some jokes that range from ridiculous to outstandingly clever, and ParaNorman is far too good to be a movie for just kids-- which is why way more adults need to come up with it.

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