Thursday, 18 December 2014

VILLAGE VOICE POLL 0F 2014: BOYHOOD WINS CRITICS' VOTE


Don't even pretend to be surprised that Boyhood topped the Village Voice's poll of the best films of 2014. Remember when IndieWire did a similar poll? It certainly was similar, only IndieWire had the good grace to stop each list at 50, so I've just stopped at the Top 10. If you wanna find out the full lists (and who wouldn't...), they're over at the Village Voice website. For my abbreviated lists, though, just cast your gaze downward a few degrees:


Best Film
1. Boyhood
2. Under the Skin
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Only Lovers Left Alive
5. Goodbye to Language 3D
6. Two Days, One Night
7. The Immigrant
8. Inherent Vice
9. Whiplash
10. Gone Girl


Best Director
1. Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
2. Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
3. Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language 3D)
4. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
5. Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
=  Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer)
= Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
8. David Fincher (Gone Girl)
9. Takahata Isao (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya)
10. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
=   Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History)
=   Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
=   James Gray (The Immigrant)
=   Joanna Hogg (Unrelated)
=   Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner)
=   Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
=   Lukas Moodysson (We Are the Best!)
=   Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
=   Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure)
=   Laura Poitras (Citizenfour)
=   Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights)
=   Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
=   Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Ellie Lumme)
=   Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac)
=   Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan)


Best Actor
1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
2. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
3. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
4. Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
5. Tom Hardy (Locke)
6. David Oyelowo (Selma)
7. Haluk Bilginer (Winter Sleep)
=  Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up)
9. Brendan Gleeson (Calvary)
10. Jack O'Connell (Starred Up)


Best Actress
1. Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant / Two Days, One Night)
2. Scarlett Johansson (Lucy / Under the Skin)
3. Essie Davis (The Babadook)
4. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
5. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
6. Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive)
7. Isabelle Huppert (Abuse of Weakness)
8. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
9. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights)
10. Agata Trzebuchowska (Ida)


Best Supporting Actor
1. J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
2. Edward Norton (Birdman)
3. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
4. Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
5. Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)
6. Jonathan Pryce (Listen Up Philip)
7. Tyler Perry (Gone Girl)
8. Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up)
9. Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler)
10. Jeff Goldblum (Le Week-End)
=   Noah Wiseman (The Babadook)


Best Supporting Actress
1. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
2. Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)
3. Elisabeth Moss (Listen Up Philip)
4. Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)
5. Agata Kulesza (Ida)
6. Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)
7. Laura Dern (Wild)
8. Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice)
9. Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac)
10. Carmen Ejogo (Selma)


Best Screenplay
1. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
2. Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip)
3. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
4. Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure)
5. Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
=  Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
=  James Gray and Ric Menello (The Immigrant)
=  John Michael McDonagh (Calvary)
=  Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange)
10. Ebru Ceylan and Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep)
=   Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night)
=   Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie)
=   Lukas Moodysson (We Are the Best!)
=   Justin Simien (Dear White People)


Best Animated Feature
1. The LEGO Movie
2. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
3. The Boxtrolls
4. Rocks in My Pockets
5. Big Hero 6
=  The Wind Rises
7. The Book of Life
=  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
=  How to Train Your Dragon 2
=  The King and the Mockingbird
=  A Letter to Momo
=  My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks
=  Song of the Sea
=  Wrinkles


Best Documentary
1. Citizenfour
2. Life Itself
3. Manakamana
4. Jodorowsky's Dune
5. National Gallery
=  The Overnighters
7. The Missing Picture
8. Actress
9. 20,000 Days on Earth
=  Last Days in Vietnam
=  The Last of the Unjust
=  Mistaken for Strangers
=  What Now? Remind Me


Best First Feature
1. The Babadook
2. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
3. It Felt Like Love
=  Nightcrawler
5. Dear White People
6. Obvious Child
=  The Strange Little Cat
8. John Wick
9. 20,000 Days on Earth
=  The Better Angels
=  Butter on the Latch
=  Coherence
=  Ellie Lumme
=  Life Partners
=  Nothing Bad Can Happen
=  Palo Alto
=  See You Next Tuesday
=  Stations of the Elevated
=  Virunga
=  The Way He Looks
=  Whiplash


Best Undistributed Film
1. Blind
2. The Wonders
3. Approaching the Elephant
4. We Come as Friends
5. Stray Dog
=  Tu Dors Nicole
7. Ellie Lumme
=  Horse Money
=  Tokyo Tribe
=  Welcome to New York


Movie Everyone Is Wrong About
1. Birdman
2. Boyhood
3. Foxcatcher
=  Inherent Vice
=  Interstellar
6. The Babadook
=  The Grand Budapest Hotel
=  Ida
=  The LEGO Movie
=  Lucy
=  Still Alice


Worst Film
1. Interstellar
=  Men, Women & Children
=  Transcendence
4. Birdman
5. America
=  Annabelle
=  Child of God
=  The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
=  Gone Girl
=  I, Frankenstein
=  Need for Speed
=  Transformers: Age of Extinction
=  Winter's Tale
=  Wish I Was Here