Sorry, haters. Richard Linklater's masterpiece of conceptual ambition and casual profundity will rightfully endure, corny plumbers and all.
Anchored by Macon Blair's devastating performance, this stomach-knotting revenge saga marks a significant leap forward for filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier.
Jennifer Kent's well-acted and confidently creepy directorial debut brings back respect and restraint to the horror genre.
David Fincher and Gillian Flynn tackled gender roles, class conflict, and media sensationalism with a sure hand and sharp tongue.
Ava DuVernay's docudrama restores urgency to the civil rights movement while revealing how far we still have to go.
6)The Lego Movie
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller transformed a feature-length commercial into a super-sly commentary on the struggle between art and commerce.
This fly-on-the-wall account of Edward Snowden's decision to leak classified documents feels like history in the making.
8)Under the Skin
A strikingly enigmatic exploration of man's capacity for cruelty and caring, it certified Scarlett Johansson's evolution beyond humanity (Her
Formally rigid and cleverly conceived, Ruben Östlund's he-said-she-said look at relationships provides an infectious catalyst for arguments.
Writer-director Damien Chazelle turns the uplifting mentor-student relationship into something toxic and visceral, culminating in a ferocious climax.
Beyond the Lights, John Wick, Foxcatcher, Snowpiercer, Edge of Tomorrow
Birdman ... director Alejandro González Iñárritu
Only Lovers Left Alive, Birdman, The Imitation Game
Big Bad Wolves, Night Moves, They Came Together
Best Small-Screen Experience: I can't speak to the recent renaissance in TV programming, but I do know that True Detective
's eight-hour run constituted the year's finest crime drama.
Acting Kudos (Male)
Macon Blair (Blue Ruin
), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler
), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel
), Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up
), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash
Acting Kudos (Female)
Essie Davis (The Babadook
), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights
), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood
), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer
), Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin
Richard Linklater (Boyhood
), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook
), Ava DuVernay (Selma
Best Original Screenplay
(Ruben Östlund), The Lego Movie
(Phil Lord and Christopher Miller), Dear White People
Best Adapted Screenplay
(Gillian Flynn), Snowpiercer
(Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson), Venus in Fur
(Roman Polanski and David Ives)
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