Dec 28, 2012

Issue #1239-1240
Magazine Cover (Dec 28, 2012)

Features

The best fiction of 2012

by Rob Brunner | Dec 21, 2012
Rob Brunner lists his favorite fiction books of 2012 Read it

The worst albums of the year

by Kyle Anderson | Dec 21, 2012
Albums that didn't impress us Read it

The best scene (and the worst)

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Dec 21, 2012
Schwarzbaum selects this year's best scene in film Read it

Ken Tucker: the best episodes

Dec 21, 2012
Ken Tucker chooses the best television episodes of 2012 Read it

The best movies of 2012

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Dec 21, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum discusses her favorite movies of 2012 Read it

A second opinion

by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 21, 2012
Gleiberman's picks for the best movies of the year Read it

The worst singles of the year

by EW Staff | Dec 21, 2012
Songs not worthy of your ear buds Read it

The best of 2012: TV

by Ken Tucker | Dec 21, 2012
Ken Tucker's picks for the best TV Read it

The worst TV shows of the year

by Ken Tucker | Dec 21, 2012
Ken Tucker decides the worst shows of the year Read it

The best singles of 2012

Dec 21, 2012
The tunes that kept our feet tapping this year Read it

Gleiberman: The worst movies of the year

by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 21, 2012
Gleiberman's picks for the worst movies of 2012 Read it

Gleiberman: the best (and worst) scene

by Owen Gleiberman | Dec 21, 2012
Gleiberman details the best (and worst) scene this year Read it

The best nonfiction of 2012

Dec 21, 2012
The EW staff picks their favorite nonfiction books of the year Read it

The best of 2012: stage

by Thom Geier | Dec 21, 2012
EW's Thom Geier lists the best of 2012 theater Read it

The best DVD & streaming

by Chris Nashawaty | Dec 21, 2012
'Jaws,' 'Casablanca,' and more Read it

The worst books of the year

by EW Staff | Dec 21, 2012
Books that are not worth the read Read it

The best albums of 2012

by Melissa Maerz | Dec 21, 2012
EW's Melissa Maerz catalogs the best albums of the year Read it

2012 breakouts: Ted

Dec 21, 2012
Tough stuffed Read it

2012 breakouts: Calvin Harris

by Ray Rahman | Dec 21, 2012
Great Scot Read it

2012 breakouts: Stephen Amell

by Jeff Jensen | Dec 21, 2012
Ab-ject of our affection Read it

Great performances: Philip Seymour Hoffman

by Rob Brunner | Dec 21, 2012
As Lancaster Dodd in ''The Master'' and Willy Loman in ''Death of a Salesman'' Read it

2012 breakouts: The Lumineers

by Ray Rahman | Dec 21, 2012
"Hey Ho" harmonizers Read it

Great performances: Sally Field

by Chris Nashawaty | Dec 21, 2012
As Mary Todd Lincoln in "Lincoln" Read it

2012 breakouts: Carly Rae Jepsen

by Kyle Anderson | Dec 21, 2012
"Call" girl Read it

Great performances: Julianne Moore

by Sara Vilkomerson | Dec 21, 2012
As Sarah Palin in "Game Change" Read it

Great performances: Max Greenfield

by Dan Snierson | Dec 21, 2012
as Schmidt on ''New Girl'' Read it

Great performances: Rebel Wilson

by Tim Stack | Dec 21, 2012
As Fat Amy in ''Pitch Perfect'' Read it

2012 breakouts: Tig Notaro

by Kyle Anderson | Dec 21, 2012
Courageous comedian Read it

Style 2012

by Nuzhat Naoreen, Nakisha Williams | Dec 21, 2012
And now for the year's top 10 moments in style and design — from Lohan as Liz to Hollywood's obsession with Gangnam Style and the Apocalypse Read it

2012 breakouts: Anna Camp

by Nuzhat Naoreen | Dec 21, 2012
Relief Pitch-er Read it

Great performances: Naomi Watts

by Sara Vilkomerson | Dec 21, 2012
as Maria in ''The Impossible'' Read it

Great performances: Jake Gyllenhaal

by Jess Cagle | Dec 21, 2012
As Brian Taylor in "End of Watch" and Terry in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" Read it

2012 breakouts: Ezra Miller

by Sara Vilkomerson | Dec 21, 2012
Wallflower wonder Read it

Great performances: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

by Melissa Maerz | Dec 21, 2012
As Selina Meyer on "Veep" Read it

Great performances: Tom Hiddleston

by Sara Vilkomerson | Dec 21, 2012
As Loki in "The Avengers" Read it

The cast of 'Happy Endings'

Dec 21, 2012
What's the secret to playing... Read it

Great performances: Anne Hathaway

by Anthony Breznican | Dec 21, 2012
As Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises" and Fantine in "Les Miserables" Read it

Great performances: Javier Bardem

by Chris Nashawaty | Dec 21, 2012
as Silvia in ''Skyfall'' Read it

Great performances: Denzel Washington

by Adam Markovitz | Dec 21, 2012
As Whip Whitaker in "Flight" Read it

2012 breakouts: Frank Ocean

by Melissa Maerz | Dec 21, 2012
Charting new waters Read it

2012 breakouts: Quvenzhané Wallis

by Anthony Breznican | Dec 21, 2012
Wild child Read it

2012 breakouts: Jessica Paré

by Dan Snierson | Dec 21, 2012
Zou (Bisou) Keeper Read it

2012 breakouts: Andrew Rannells

by Adam Markovitz | Dec 21, 2012
The everywhere man Read it

Great performances: Daniel Day-Lewis

by Chris Nashawaty | Dec 21, 2012
As Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln" Read it

2012 breakouts: James Corden

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Dec 21, 2012
Brit wit Read it

2012 breakouts: One Direction

by Nuzhat Naoreen | Dec 21, 2012
OMG, it's Harry and four other guys Read it

Great performances: Jessica Lange

by Tim Stack | Dec 21, 2012
As Sister Jude on ''American Horror Story: Asylum'' Read it

2012 breakouts: Dane Dehaan

by Jeff Jensen | Dec 21, 2012
Super, hero Read it

Great performances: Jennifer Hudson

by Kyle Anderson | Dec 21, 2012
for her Whitney Houston tribute at the Grammys Read it

Stephen King: The best TV I saw in 2012

by Stephen King | Dec 21, 2012
Stephen King gives his take on TV he's watched this year Read it

Stephen King: The best books I read in 2012

by Stephen King | Dec 21, 2012
Stephen King recounts his favorite books that he read in 2012 Read it

SoundBites

SoundBites: Dec. 28, 2012/Jan 4, 2013

Dec 21, 2012
Memorable lines from all of 2012 Read it

Editor's Note

Editor's Note: Dec. 28, 2012/Jan. 4, 2012

by Jess Cagle | Dec 21, 2012
Managing editor Jess Cagle discusses the importance of teachers Read it

News Article

The best of 2012: Games

by Darren Franich, Aaron Morales | Dec 21, 2012
EW's Darren Franich and Aaron Morales list the best videogames of the past 12 months Read it

The Year that was

This was the year that ... everyone was obsessed With Lincoln & Hitchcock

by Keith Staskiewicz | Dec 21, 2012
These two icons became the topic of multiple productions this past year Read it

This was the year that ... Navy Seals stormed pop culture

by Rob Brunner | Dec 21, 2012
From ''Act of Valor'' to ''Zero Dark Thirty'' Navy Seals were ever-present in 2012 Read it

This was the year that ... ''hate-eatching'' became a national pastime

by Melissa Maerz | Dec 21, 2012
Watching shows to see how they fail became a popular activity in 2012 Read it

This was the year that ... Jennifer Lawrence wowed us in a blockbuster and an Oscar contender (and spilled wine on a legend)

by Karen Valby | Dec 21, 2012
After starring in both the YA juggernaut ''The Hunger Games'' and the Oscar darling ''Silver Linings Playbook'' -- is there anything Jennifer Lawrence can't do? Read it

This was the year that ... chairs got a leg up

by Ray Rahman | Dec 21, 2012
Chairs were unquestionably the most prolific inanimate object of 2012 Read it

This was the year that ... everyone got naked

by Clark Collis | Dec 21, 2012
2012 was the year of skin, at least in Hollywood it was. Read it

This was the year that ... movies got great again

by Lisa Schwarzbaum | Dec 21, 2012
The past 12 months have provided some of the greatest movies in the recent past Read it

This was the year that ... everyone came out in parenthetical

by Mark Harris | Dec 21, 2012
Why coming out in 2012 was both a big story and a non-story at the same time Read it

This was the year that ... TV went insane

by Jess Cagle | Dec 21, 2012
''American Horror Story: Asylum'' captured and terrified the minds of audiences in 2012 Read it

This was the year that ... I bared all

Jul 16, 2013
Matthew McConaughey talks about stripping down in 2012 -- both physically and emotionally Read it

This was the year that ... I killed a crazy number of zombies

Dec 21, 2012
Andrew Lincoln chimes in on what it's like to slay zombies in ''The Walking Dead'' Read it

This was the year that ... I got my first TV show

Dec 21, 2012
Sutton Foster dishes on what it's like to finally break through on TV Read it

This was the year that ... everybody broke up

by Jessica Shaw | Dec 21, 2012
This past year was a tough year for lovers as some long-term Hollywood couples called it quits Read it

This was the year that ... I played my toughest character yet

Dec 21, 2012
Jessica Chastain talks about playing 'Maya' in ''Zero Dark Thirty'' Read it

This was the year that ... I won a Tony

Dec 21, 2012
Christan Borle reflects back on his Emmy winning year Read it