I’m having my own Oscars: 2014

Best Films

  1. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  2. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  3. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  4. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  5. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  6. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)
  7. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  8. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
  9. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
  10. Selma (Ava DuVernay)
  11. Nymphomaniac Vol. I (Lars von Trier)
  12. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
  13. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
  14. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)
  15. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  16. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  17. Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs)
  18. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
  19. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)
  20. Enemy (Denis Villeneuve)

Honourable mentions: BirdmanCalvary, Gone Girl, Bird People, Listen Up Philip, Obvious Child, Tracks and Night Moves.

Best Woman-Directed Films

  • Selma (Ava DuVernay)
  • The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)
  • Bird People (Pascale Ferran)
  • Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre)
  • It Felt Like Love (Eliza Hittman)
  • Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
  • Palo Alto (Gia Coppola)
  • Belle (Amma Asante)

Best Original Screenplays

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan & Ebru Ceylan (Winter Sleep)
  • Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)
  • Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement (What We Do in the Shadows)
  • Luc Dardenne & Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Two Days, One Night)
  • Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman)

Best Adapted Screenplays

  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
  • Walter Campbell & Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
  • Javier Gullon (Enemy)

Best lead performances: Women

  • Marrion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Under The Skin)
  • Essie Davis (The Babadook)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Melisa Sözen (Winter Sleep)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Honourable mentions: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Mia Wasikowska (Tracks), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars) Lisa Loven Kongsli (Force Majeure), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) Jenny Slate (Obvious Child).

Best lead performances: Men

  • David Oyelowo (Selma)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  • Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Haluk Bilginer (Winter Sleep)

Honourable mentions: John Lithgow (Love Is Strange), Jason Schwartzman (Listen Up Philip) and Tom Hiddleston (Only Lovers Left Alive).

Supporting performances: Women

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Agata Kulesza (Ida)
  • Carmen Ejogo (Selma)
  • Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac Vol. I)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Listen Up Philip)

Supporting performances: Men

  • J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Kristofer Hivju (Force Majeure)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)

Best Cinematography

  • Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida)
  • Gökhan Tiryaki (Winter Sleep)
  • Bradford Young (Selma)
  • Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
  • Erik Wilson (The Double)
  • Manuel Alberto Claro (Nymphomaniac Vol. I)

Best scores

  • Justin Hurwitz (Whiplash)
  • Mica Levi (Under the Skin)
  • Jozef van Wissem (Only Lovers Left Alive)
  • Rachel Portman (Belle)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)

Best documentaries

  • Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
  • A Fight For… (Siniša Gačić)
  • 20,000 Days On Earth (Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard)
  • Life Itself (Steve James)

The weirdest gems of the year

  • What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)
  • Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • Buzzard (Joel Potrykus)
  • Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)

The biggest disappointments

  • The Riot Club (Lone Scherfig)
  • White Bird In a Blizzard (Gregg Araki)
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller)
  • Magic In The Moonlight (Woody Allen) – Woody, I think it’s time for you to retire.
  • Nymphomaniac Vol. II (Lars von Trier) – Lars, Vol. I would suffice.

The worst films of the year

  • The Other Woman (Nick Cassavetes) – this is Hollywood at its worst.
  • Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman)
  • If I Stay (R.J. Cutler)
  • Two Night Stand (Max Nichols)
  • God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch)
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8 thoughts on “I’m having my own Oscars: 2014”

  1. Interesting that you liked Vol. I of Nymph()maniac, but not Vol. 2; combined they were one of my favorites of the year. Also, completely agree with you on the new Sin City. I don’t know if it was a disappointment for me since I wasn’t expecting much, but I really didn’t like that one. Good job, overall!

  2. Great choices! Thank you for pointing out how disappointing White Girl in a Blizzard was; I thought it was just me and that I wasn’t getting it. I can understand why Under the Skin isn’t showing up at the awards shows, but it’s a real shame as it’s an amazing film … if nothing else, I’m shocked the Sound Design wasn’t recognised. I would also add Locke to your list; it’s incredible, and for me, features the year’s standout male performance by Tom Hardy.

    1. Yes, it’s a shame that Under the Skin got completely overlooked at the awards shows… I loved everything about it (Scarlett’s performance was mind-blowing, I didn’t know she had it in her, and the soundtrack was amazing), but yeah, films like that aren’t really awards shows material.

      And I’m ashamed to admit, but I still haven’t seen Locke. I’ll watch it as soon as possible… 🙂

      1. Best performance of Johannsson’s career; I picked it as one my top films of the year and wrote about the film a lot, urged everyone to see it. I think it’s one of the most important films of the 21st century,but I’m fully aware that people might think it’s boring, pretentious shite.

        Locke is great. Great performance by Hardy, and it looks amazing, too

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