The Cranky Critic® - The Best of 2014

Best Film

The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything

Best Movie
guardians of the galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Musical

Into the Woods
Into the Woods

Special Acknowledgement

hobbit
The Hobbit trilogy of films

Now that director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is complete, y'all can make a day of it. Depending on when you read this page, Watch the first two films on DVD and then head to the local IMAX theater for the wham! bang! finish to the story. Or wait for the whole megillah on VOD or DVD. Saturday for The Hobbit. Sunday for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That's sheer fanboy/ fangirl heaven!

 
================== TOP TEN OF 2014 ==================
Big Eyes
Big Eyes
Birdman
Birdman
Fault in our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
Imitation Game
The Imitation Game
selma
Selma
         
get on up
Get On Up
Still Alice
Still Alice
st. vincent
[Saint Vincent]
The Homesman
[The Homesman]
foxcatcher
[Foxcatcher]
    The brackets denote our runners up. Bill Murray, Hilary Swank and Steve Carrell all overwhelm their films in the neverending quest for Academy Awards nominations. If we even hinted at why Swank's role was so good it would utterly destroy any possible description we could give for the film.
======= BEST PERFORMANCES - DIRECTION - SCREENPLAYs =======
Best Direction
rob marshall
Rob Marshall
(Into the Woods)
Best Actor
eddie redmayne
Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything)
Best Actress
Hilary Swank
Julianne Moore as
Dr. Alice Howland (Still Alice)
Best Supporting Actor
j.k. simmons in Whiplash
J. K. Simmons as
Terence Fletcher (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress
meryl streep
Meryl Streep as
the Witch (Into the Woods)
         
Breakthrough Performance
Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman as
James Brown (Get On Up)
  Best Original Screenplay
get on up
Get On Up
by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth; story by Steven Baigelman and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth
  Best Adapted Screenplay
theory of everything
The Theory of Everything based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen", by Jane Hawking
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and the runners up . . .

Best Actor
Chadwick Boseman as James Brown (Get On Up)
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King (Selma)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing (The Imitation Game)
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)

Best Direction
James Marsh (The Theory of Everything)
Tate Taylor (Get On Up)
Best Actress
Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy (The Homesman)
Kiera Knightly as Joan Clarke (The Imitation Game)
Fekicity Jones as Jane Wilde Hawking (The Theory of Everything)
Best Supporting Actor
Dan Aykroyd as Ben Bart (Get On Up)

 

 

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (Get On Up)
Best Original Screenplay
Birdman by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo

Whiplash by Damien Chazelle

St. Vincent by Theodore Melfi
  Best Adapted Screenplay
The Homesman based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout; Tommy Lee Jones & Kieran Fitzgerald & Wesley A. Oliver