Half-Oscars – The Best of 2014 So Far!

Posted: July 12, 2014 in Top Films
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Who would be nominated if the year had ended on June 30th? Let’s find out!

To be clear, I hate it when people predict things on hype alone. I make fun of those people on a regular basis. So let’s be clear, these are not Oscar predictions. It’s a safe bet that we will be hearing some of these names come Oscar time, but this is simply the best of 2014, so far.

For a film to be considered they must meet all Oscar requirements and have been released in January-June of 2014.  This Weekend In Cinema will return next weekend. “Winners” are in bold.

Best Picture

Blue RuinCaptain America: The Winter SoldierChefThe Fault in Our StarsThe Grand Budapest HotelHow to Train Your Dragon 2The Lego MovieSnowpiercer.

Of these, perhaps only Budapest Hotel could stick around and contend, with Lego having an outside shot.

Best Director

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Phil Lord/Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), David Gordon Green (Joe), Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer), Jon Favreau (Chef)

It’s hard to direct a film. I imagine it is very hard to direct a film about building blocks and make it a must see film.

Best Actor

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin), Tom Hardy (Locke), Joaquin Phoenix (The Immigrant)

Best Actress

Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars), Marion Cottilard (The Immigrant), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Angelina Jolie (Maleficent).

This category suffers because I haven’t seen many good films with strong leading ladies so far.

Best Supporting Actor

Gary Poulter (Joe), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer), Bryan Cranston (Godzilla), Jeremy Renner (The Immigrant), Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Best Supporting Actress

Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Mia Wasikowska (Only Lovers Left Alive), Scarlett Johanssen (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Amy Hargreaves (Blue Ruin)

Best Original Screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Blue Ruin, Chef, The Lego Movie, Locke

I think Lego is an original. If it isn’t considered one, then it goes to Budapest.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Joe, Snowpiercer, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, Captain America: Winter Soldier

Best Animated Film

The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, The Nut Job

Best Foreign Film

The BabadookBorgman, We Are The BestIdaDormant Beauty

I’ll admit I’m kinda guessing on the foreign films.


Well, I’m not going to dive down to the  technical awards (aside from saying “Everything is Awesome” is bound to get a nomination for Best Original Song). This list is going to shake itself up through the next few months, so keep your eyes open.


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