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Film Honors: 2014

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices based on viewings.

Special Honor: Career Excellence

Ellen Burstyn

Special Honor: Female Filmmaking

Ava DuVernay

Special Honor: World Cinema

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Filmmaking Breakthrough

Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Mélanie Laurent (Breathe)
Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child)
James Ward Byrkit (Coherence)

Actress Support

Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Agata Kulesza (Ida)
Elena Lyadova (Leviathan)
Melisa Sözen (Winter Sleep)
Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

Sound Design

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy

Special Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy

Actress Lead

Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Essie Davis (The Babadook)
Lisa Loven Kongsli (Force Majeure)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Mia Wasikowska (Tracks)

Screenwriting Adapted

Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan (Winter Sleep)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Marion Nelson (Tracks)
Gillian Robespierre, Karen Maine, Anna Bean, Elisabeth Holm (Obvious Child)

Screenwriting Original

Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Oleg Negin & Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan)
Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)

Youth Breakthrough

Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Mackenzie Foy (Interstellar)
Antoine Olivier Pilon (Mommy)
Zsófia Psotta (White God)
Noah Wiseman (The Babadook)

Cast Ensemble

White God
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice


Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida)
Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
Mandy Walker (Tracks)
Gökhan Tiryaki (Winter Sleep)

Set Designing

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Immigrant
Mr. Turner

Special Honor: LGBTQ Representation


Costume Design

Guardians of the Galaxy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Picture Editing

The Babadook
Gone Girl
Inherent Vice

Acting Breakthrough

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights)
Jack O’Connell (Starred Up)
Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)
Agata Trzebuchowska (Ida)

Song Composing

"Lost Stars" from "Begin Again"
"The Apology Song" from "The Book of Life"
"I Love You Too Much" from "The Book of Life"
"The Boxtrolls Song" from "The Boxtrolls"
"Quattro Sabatino" from "The Boxtrolls"
"Ryan's Song" from "Boyhood"
"For The Dancing And The Dreaming" from "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"Hal" from "Only Lovers Left Alive"
"Glory" from "Selma"

Score Composing

Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Rachel Portman (Belle)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)
Garth Stevenson (Tracks)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)

Actor Support

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Tom Wilkinson (Selma)

Actor Lead

Aleksey Serebryakov (Leviathan)
Tom Hardy (Locke)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Haluk Bilginer (Winter Sleep)


Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep)
Xavier Dolan (Mommy)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida)

Motion Picture

Boyhood (Richard Linklater) USA
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne) Belgium / France / Italy
Gone Girl (David Fincher) USA
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) USA / Germany / UK
Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski) Poland / Denmark / France / UK
Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Turkey
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) Russia
The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher) Italy / Switzerland / Germany
Mommy (Xavier Dolan) Canada
Tracks (John Curran) Australia

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