Bryan’s 2014 Awards

Here’s one final look back at the movies of 2014. I’ve already gone over my top ten movies, my top ten trailers, and my top 20 posters. Now I’m handing out my awards and nominations for the previous year.

Best Picture:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Boyhood

Snowpiercer

The Immigrant

Inherent Vice

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these.

Best Director:

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Bong Joon-ho – Snowpiercer

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

James Gray – The Immigrant

Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice

Recognizing his style is merely level one of what Anderson brings to a film. A master.

Best Actor:

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

David Oyelowo – Selma

Tom Hardy – Locke

5 performances, not 1 nominated by the Academy. Fiennes unheralded because he makes it look so easy.

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant – Winner

Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Essie Davis – The Babadook

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

Marion had a good year. A lot of layers in every one of these performances.

Best Supporting Actor:

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher – Winner

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood

J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Toby Kebbell – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Ben Kingsley – The Boxtrolls

Subtle, warm, and transformative. He does more than anyone tends to notice.

Best Supporting Actress:

Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer – Winner

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Uma Thurman – Nymphomaniac

Dorothy Atkinson – Mr. Turner

Marion Bailey – Mr. Turner

A classic, over-the-top, scene stealer. Glorious to witness.

Best Original Screenplay:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Boyhood

The LEGO Movie

Listen Up Philip

Nightcrawler

A delight of structure, tone, and dialogue.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Gone Girl – Winner

Inherent Vice

Snowpiercer

Under the Skin

We Are the Best!

Flynn wrangles her own material and expertly molds it for the screen. Enhancing, augmenting, and perfecting.

Best Editing:

Gone Girl – Winner

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Edge of Tomorrow

Boyhood

Nightcrawler

Bold clips. Clever matches. An appropriately fleeting style.

Best Cinematography:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Mr. Turner

The Immigrant

Inherent Vice

Selma

Mixed aspect ratios and fantastic colors. It’s lovely and very playful with the vertical and horizontal mise-en-scène.

Best Production Design:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Mr. Turner

Snowpiercer

Interstellar

Inherent Vice

It’s staggering. Undeniable.

Best Original Score:

Interstellar – Winner

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Under the Skin

Gone Girl

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

A hard category to narrow down. Zimmer’s has his bombast but also a tantalizing strangeness. Otherworldly.

Best Original Song:

The LEGO Movie – “Everything is Awesome” – Winner

Palo Alto – “Palo Alto”

We Are the Best! – “Hate the Sport!”

Frank – “I Love You All”

The Boxtrolls – “The Boxtrolls Song”

Fun and catchy but also hardwired into the narrative.

Best Costume Design:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Mr. Turner

Inherent Vice

Selma

The Immigrant

Every new scene has a new group of impressively dressed characters. Detailed and slightly skewed.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Winner

Mr. Turner

Guardians of the Galaxy

The film is great okay. I’m not just rubber stamping. It really deserves this praise.

Best Sound Editing:

Godzilla – Winner

Edge of Tomorrow

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Interstellar

The Babadook

It stole a lot from Jurassic Park’s playbook especially how to make sound add to the thrills.

Best Sound Mixing:

Godzilla – Winner

Edge of Tomorrow

Gone Girl

Noah

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The sound of this film is the overlooked achievement of the year.

Best Visual Effects:

Under the Skin – Winner

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Interstellar

Godzilla

Noah

Because I’m not sure how they did it. And because they’re responsible for one of the most terrifying sequences of film I’ve ever seen.

And once again, I’m gonna go ahead and skip the shorts, docs, foreign and animated feature categories.

The Tally:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – 8 Wins, 10 Nominations

Gone Girl – 2 Wins, 5 Nominations

Godzilla –  2 Wins, 3 Nominations

Snowpiercer – 1 Win, 5 Nominations

The Immigrant – 1 Win, 5 Nominations

Interstellar – 1 Win 4 Nominations

Under the Skin –  1 Win, 4 Nominations

The LEGO Movie –  1 Win, 2 Nominations

Foxcatcher – 1 Win, 1 Nomination

Mr. Turner – 7 Nominations

Inherent Vice– 6 Nominations

Boyhood – 6 Nominations

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 4 Nominations

Selma – 3 Nominations

Nightcrawler– 3 Nominations

Edge of Tomorrow – 3 Nominations

The Babadook – 2 Nominations

We Are the Best! – 2 Nominations

Noah – 2 Nominations

The Boxtrolls – 2 Nominations

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – 1 Nomination

Listen Up Philip – 1 Nomination

Palo Alto – 1 Nomination

Frank – 1 Nomination

Two Days, One Night – 1 Nomination

Nymphomaniac – 1 Nomination

Locke – 1 Nomination

Whiplash – 1 Nomination

Guardians of the Galaxy – 1 Nomination

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