Feb 7, 2015

Best of 2014

Best Film
1. The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zurcher)
2. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
3. Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi, Kambozia Partovi)
4. Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund)
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
6. A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn)
7. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
8. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
9. Manakamana (Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez)
10. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
Honorable Mentions: Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt), Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry)

Best Unreleased Film
1. The Look of Silence
2. Timbuktu
3. Silvered Water: A Syria Self Portrait
4. Girlhood
5. Black Coal, Thin Ice
Honorable Mention: Fish and Cat 

Best Director
1. Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
2. Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man)
3. Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure)
4. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
5. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Honorable Mention: Dave Mackenzie (Starred Up)

Best Screenplay
1. Closed Curtain
2. Listen Up Philip
3. Obvious Child
4. Winter Sleep
5. Under the Skin
 Honorable Mention: Two Days, One Night

Best Actor
1. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
2. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
3. Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar)
4. Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
5. Johannes Kuhnke (Force Majeure)
Honorable Mentions: Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Jack O'Connell (Starred Up), Philip Seymour Hoffman (A Most Wanted Man), Adam Bakri (Omar)

Best Actress
1. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
2. Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant)
3. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
4. Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)
5. Hilary Swank (The Homesman)
Honorable Mention: Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)

Best Supporting Actor
1. Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)
2. Rupert Friend (Starred Up)
3. Jialer Koh (Ilo Ilo)
4. Shaun Thomas (The Selfish Giant)
5. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Honorable Mention: Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)

Best Supporting Actress
1. Elizabeth Moss (Listen Up Philip)
2. Melisa Sozen (Winter Sleep)
3. Suzanne Clement (Mommy)
4. Kristen Stewart (Still Alice)
5. Sarah Godon (Enemy)
Honorable Mention: Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)

Best Ensemble
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Two Days, One Night
3. Listen Up Philip
4. Starred Up
5. Non-Stop
Honorable Mention: Ilo Ilo

Best Cinematography
1. Listen Up Philip
2. Ida
3. Nightcrawler
4. Under the Skin
5. Winter Sleep
Honorable Mention: The Homesman

Best Production Design
1. Winter Sleep
2. The Boxtrolls
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. The Double
5. Enemy
Honorable Mention: The Immigrant

Best Costume Design
1. Ida
2. Mommy
3. The Homesman
4. The Immigrant
5. Listen Up Philip
Honorable Mention: Tom at the Farm

Best Makeup
1. Inherent Vice
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. The Babadook
4. Fury
5. The Immigrant
Honorable Mention: Foxcatcher

Best Visual Effects
1. Under the Skin
2. Godzilla
3. Interstellar
Best Editing
1. Whiplash
2. Under the Skin
3. Two Days, One Night
4. Closed Curtain
5. A Most Wanted Man
Honorable Mention: Nightcrawler

Best Sound Design
1. Under the Skin
2. Whiplash
3. Force Majeure
4. Canopy
5. Birdman
Honorable Mention: Godzilla

Best Music
1. Under the Skin
2. The Homesman
3. Birdman
4. Whiplash
5. Inherent Vice
Honorable Mention: The Immigrant

Best Documentary Film
1. Citizenfour
2. Manakamana
3. Actress
4. The Possibilities Are Endless
5. Maidan

Best Animated Film
1. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
2. The Boxtrolls
3. The LEGO Movie

*Films I didn't get to see before compiling this ballot: Belle, Blue Ruin, Leviathan, Love Is Strange, A Most Violent Year, Mr. Turner, The Story of My Death, Stray Dogs


  1. I still have a lot more of these that I need to see. It's great to see attention for Elizabeth Moss in Listen Up Phillip. It's the type of supporting performance that won't get awards attention because it's too subtle, but she carries parts of that film. I also agree that its cinematography (and that of Ida) are amazing.

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