The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should consider adding a category for Best Couple, now that 2012 has proven just how often certain performances would falter if not for the presence of an equally important supporting actor or actress. Could you imagine Ted without Mark Wahlberg? Or Bradley Cooper without Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook? Unlikely. As we put a cap on the cinematic year, we wanted to go back and single out the duos who turned our heads with combustible on-screen chemistry. We admit to cheating in at least one selection, and we admit an over-reliance on the Hollywood “bromance.” But we think it’s a great list. Tell us, whom did we omit?

10. Ted and Mark Wahlberg, Ted
Grown men shouldn’t play with stuffed teddy bears. Unless that man is Mark Wahlberg, and the teddy bear happens to be voiced by Seth MacFarlane. The Funky Bunch leader was right at home playing a beer-swigging, pot-smoking South Boston slacker who can’t commit to his impossibly gorgeous girlfriend (Mila Kunis) because it might drive a wedge between he and his best friend, Ted. The “bromance” between man and bear was so well-received by audiences that MacFarlane and Wahlberg are confirming a sequel, promising it will be “sick.” So long as they can top the bone-crunching hotel fight scene, we’re on board.

9. Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom
Do you remember your first love? A series of letters shared by pen pals Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) kindle an endearing first love, sending the entire island community of New Penzance into a tizzy, in Wes Anderson’s whimsical film. It takes effort to slice through the trademark kitsch Anderson packs into his endeavors. Yet Gilman and Hayward connect so deeply as the outcast duo that their adventurous spirit and need to be together – at least for a few summer days – appears effortless. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman plug into the rhythms of Anderson’s dialogue, helping Moonrise ranks as one of the director’s most-embraceable ensembles. But it’s the earnest, honest performances by Gilman and Hayward that rise above the fray, and make us want to dance on a deserted beach in celebration of young love.

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