The Artist heads list of last year’s top films

FILE-   In this file film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, left, and Berenice Bejo portrays Peppy Miller in a scene from "The Artist."  The film was nominated Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 for an Oscar for best film. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Billy Crystal and broadcast live on ABC.  (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, FILE)
FILE- In this file film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, left, and Berenice Bejo portrays Peppy Miller in a scene from "The Artist." The film was nominated Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 for an Oscar for best film. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Billy Crystal and broadcast live on ABC. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, FILE)

IT began the year as a surprise hit and then went on to Oscar glory - and The Artist never looked back, remaining top of the Showroom’s films of 2012.

The Showroom Top Ten, in order of popularity, based on audience admissions:

1. The Artist

2. Moonrise Kingdom

3. Anna Karenina

4. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

5. Marley

6. Untouchable

7. Headhunters

8. The Descendents

9. Shame

10. Argo

It is an eclectic list, revealing the variety of films Sheffield audiences have embraced this year, epitomised by The Artist which is silent and in black and white.

While most of the top ten are British and American films, there are two foreign-language films in the list (the heartwarming French comedy Untouchable and Norwegian thriller Headhunters, based on the bestselling book by Jo Nesbo).

Unusually, a documentary also features in the list – Marley, chronicling the life and music of Bob Marley, struck a chord with audiences on its release in April, and screened at the Showroom continually until June.