In no particular order (see Notes).
Keep in mind that some of the links will obviously contain spoilers.
Not in any particular order.
Basically, not only did I find these movies entertaining and/or enlightening, but I would also watch each of them again.
That is, of those seen before the Oscars. Others to be added as they are encountered, here:
That is, my favorite movies from 2012 that I was actually able to see BEFORE the Oscars.
Other favorites that…
That is, my favorite movies from 2013 that I was actually able to see BEFORE the Oscars.
I have ranked all of DDL's movie performances I have ACTUALLY seen. I think the biggest one I am missing…