2012: The year in pictures

May: Cannes Film Festival 2012
October: Daniel Craig is 007 once again
January: Rihanna named The Best Selling Digital Artist of All Time
December: The announcement of a Royal Baby
June: The Queen\'s Diamond Jubilee
March: Release of The Hunger Games
August: Prince Harry\'s Vegas Vacation
April: Debut of Girls
July: Gangnam Style Fever
October: Felix Baumgartner\'s Stratosphere Jump
September: The 50 Shades of Grey Phenomenon
November: Cara Delevingne named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards 2012
January: Beyonce gives birth the her first child, Blue Ivy
February: Angelina strikes a pose at The Oscars
August: The London Olympics and Paralympics
May: Cannes Film Festival 2012 October: Daniel Craig is 007 once again January: Rihanna named The Best Selling Digital Artist of All Time December: The announcement of a Royal Baby June: The Queen\'s Diamond Jubilee March: Release of The Hunger Games August: Prince Harry\'s Vegas Vacation April: Debut of Girls July: Gangnam Style Fever October: Felix Baumgartner\'s Stratosphere Jump September: The 50 Shades of Grey Phenomenon November: Cara Delevingne named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards 2012 January: Beyonce gives birth the her first child, Blue Ivy February: Angelina strikes a pose at The Oscars August: The London Olympics and Paralympics
By Vicky Gardiner December 27, 2012
Cannes Film Festival, an event that draws in the A-List as well as Hollywood newcomers, awards the films for their critical prowess rather than their box office earnings. For some reason, the French sea air makes the actors happier and the dresses even more beautiful.
This month saw the return of Daniel Craig as 007, a whole four years after his last appearance in Quantum of Solace. Skyfall was different from the other films. There were moments of quiet, moments where we got to know the man behind the title. Many heralded this film as the best one so far and was in the top five highest grossing films of 2012.
According to Nielsen Soundscan, Rihanna has 47.5 million digital downloads to her name, beating other heavy hitters such as Eminem, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Rihanna did not spend the rest of 2012 resting on her laurels. She released her second fragrance, Rebelle, won her third Grammy Award, performed at several festivals including Wireless Festival and released her fifth studio album, Diamonds. Oh, and it went to number one in both USA and UK. All in all, it wasn’t a bad year for the Barbadian beauty.
The Duchess of Cambridge is having a baby! Cue discussions about maternity wear and baby clothes.
The Diamond Jubilee saw the capitol get turned on its head, with lunches, concerts, services and a rather wet Thames Boat Pageant held in honour of Her Majesty. Cue lots of Britons using it as an excuse to have a drunken, themed party. God Save the Queen!
March saw the release of a film which brought Jenifer Lawrence onto everyone’s radar. The Hunger Games, the eagerly anticipated adaptation of the book by Suzanne Collins, was released to positive reviews. The movie was a box office smash, making $408 million of a budget of $78 million. Lawrence has gone on to impress the critics, her role in her latest film, Silver Linings Playbook, earning her an Oscar buzz by industry experts.
Harry’s Vegas scandal did nothing but make everyone like the guy even more. He is the Royal rebel that just keeps on giving. Thanks Harry, keep it up.
This month saw the debut of the new American Series, Girls. Written, directed and staring newcomer, Lena Dunham, this series is a real life, witty and laugh-out-loud account of the lives of four New York twenty-somethings. Dunham has steered clear of sprinkling her series with the glamour of Hollywood, a move that so many unrealistic and clichéd series’ have taken.
With its catchy beat and hilarious video, PSY’s Gangnam Style has been the song that we just cannot get out of our head. With 165 million views on Youtube, everyone from politicians to sports people have been wanted to replicate the, now famous, Gangnam ‘invisible horse dance’. If you can’t beat em…
On the 14th October 2012, Baumgartner jumped from a world record 39,045 metres. He also set the record for the fastest speed of free fall at 1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph). He was the first human to ever break the sound barrier without aide.
Sixty million copies sold worldwide, exported to 37 countries, fastest selling paperback of all time, a board game, S&M set and a blockbuster movie in the pipeline. Considering the book only received mixed reviews from critics, it has done pretty we for itself.
The Model of the Year Award was the cherry on top of a very successful and influential cake for Cara Delevingne. She has modelling in numerous, high profile Spring/Summer ’13 shows, scored countless covers, is the face of Chanel Resort 2012 and made an appearance in the film adaptation of Anna Karenina. At just twenty years old, the girl done good.
After enduring a pregnancy surrounded by the flashbulbs of eager paparazzi and bizarre rumours that her baby bump was in fact fake, Beyonce gave birth the her daughter, Blue Ivy.
Angelina Jolie set the internet a buzz after choosing to position her right leg so that it claimed centre stage of The Oscars. With a sea of beautiful actresses on the red carpet, Jolie, whether intentionally or not, made sure that all eyes were on her. The leg pose, which went viral on the web, now has its own twitter account, @AngiesRightLeg and has started a craze of parody photos where Angelina’s leg ‘photobombs’ famous images.
You would have had to have been living under a rock to miss the London Olympics and Paralympics. The athletes had us glued to our screens, shouting, crying and smiling at the television, joining them for every emotional high and low. There were doubters, but in the end it lifted the country. Now all we have are the memories. Well, that and the DVD of highlights, of course.

This year, London has been thrust into the limelight like never before.

If it wasn’t the various antics of the Royals that kept the rest of the world plugged in, it was a little event called the Olympics, which was hosted in our capital city. It was a year of great highs which, for once, overshadowed those inevitable lows that flood the news channels.

It has been light-hearted, poignant, record breaking, comic and patriotic. We have rounded up the highlights of the past year from around the world, summarising the events that kept us talking, texting and tweeting all day long.

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