Today is the third anniversary of Views of the Sofa and to commemorate the birthday of the blog, I take a look back at the previous year in film with my Views from the Sofa Awards.
These awards are slightly different because it’s based on every and any film I watched last year. Not just movies released in 2014 but any movie I managed to watch. Re-Views don’t count but it means that the second Hobbit and third are both up against each other or the original Planet of the Apes up against the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
I’ll explain each choice and of course feel free to argue your point or praise my ingenious insight! (yeah… right)
Best Actor 2014
Nominees: Martin Freeman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Roberto Benigni, Andy Serkis, Robin Williams
Winner: Jake Gyllenhaal
I watched two movies of Jake Gyllenhaal’s this year where he put on great performances. Zodiac demonstrated why he is such a solid “go to” actor but Nightcrawler was the best performance I watched this year. It was transformative, spellbinding and kept your attention throughout.
Best Actress 2014
Nominees: Mia Farrow, Helen Hunt, Scarlet Johansson, Rosamund Pike, Jennifer Lawrence
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
This was difficult because I didn’t watch any movies where actresses gave stellar, stand-out performances. I made the decision based on impact in the movies and Jennifer Lawrence has won it this year for Hunger Games and the X-Men movies. She manages to hold the first franchise well and made herself an integral part of the second.
Best Director 2014
Nominees: Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Roberto Benigni, Peter Jackson, Gareth Edwards
Winner: David Fincher
I watched two great David Fincher movies this year. Zodiac took a pretty average, dull story but added great actors and a fantastic approach to keep it interesting, while Gone Girl did something unique with a hard book to adapt. Fincher also delivered one of the best films of the year with Gone Girl, which was difficult in a great year for movies.
Best Film released in 2014
Winner: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This is the one that will surprise and annoy people. The reason I loved this movie is because it was such a departure not just from the original Captain America movie but from the wider Marvel Universe. It actually changed things and has some wider impact on my favourite franchise in cinema today.
Best Film watched in 2014
Winner: Life is Beautiful
This movie had a huge impact on me. I was blown away by its approach to a very difficult subject and while the other movies in the nominees are classics or favourite films of mine, this one was brand new to me this year and jumped into my favourite films list. I haven’t been so moved by a movie and it won by a huge margin compared to the others.
Worst Filmed watched in 2014
Winner: The Happening
This was a close run between The Happening and I’m Still Here but the former takes it because it was written badly, acted badly and actually had some potential for the first few minutes. Beyond that, I’m not even sure what M Night Shyamalan was trying to achieve or even thinking!
Overall, this is my year in film. I know for a fact that there is at least one choice that will annoy people but I stand by my choices. If you agree, disagree or want to offer other films I need to see, then let me know in the comments below.
Here’s to another year a good 2015!