Explore
 Lists  Reviews  Images  Update feed
Categories
MoviesTV ShowsMusicBooksGamesDVDs/Blu-RayPeopleArt & DesignPlacesWeb TV & PodcastsToys & CollectiblesComic Book SeriesBeautyAnimals   View more categories »
Avatar
Added by Bml93 on 16 Jan 2015 02:59
703 Views No comments
24
vote

Best Picture Nominees - Worst to Best | 2014 Oscar

Add header image

Choose file... or enter url:
Sort by: Showing 7 items
Decade: Rating: List Type:
Not seen:
Nebraska
Philomena
People who added this item 1194 Average listal rating (791 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3

When looking at David O. Russell's two previous films, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, one can't help but feel that American Hustle is a little drawback. Certainly, the performances are excellent, with Amy Adams being particularly good (and showing some decent cleavage (omg!)), and it was definitely a fun film to see. But the reason for why it's a fun film is more because of some genuinely funny scenes that were funny by themselves. As a whole film, on the other hand, American Hustle feels unfocused, messy and too long.



One of the biggest problems I had with this film is that it feels very much like a character study on the various characters in this film, meaning that the plot is irrelevant. But that's not really the case. This is a plot-driven film with quirky characters, and therefore, the focus on the characters entirely causes the film to be a structural mess. And slightly inconsistent.

But! I certainly enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Christian Bale
* Best Actress in a Leading Role - Amy Adams
* Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Bradley Cooper
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Jennifer Lawrence
* Best Film Editing
* Best Original Screenplay
* Best Production Design
* Best Costume Design
Bml93's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1063 Average listal rating (714 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

Saying that Matthew McConaughey has finally turned his career around is starting to get a bit old, seeing as he has only delivered outstanding performances in three years now. But his performance is Dallas Buyers Club is one of those performances that's likely to be remembered as his best work, when his career is coming to an end in the future. He carries this film, with the help of an outstanding Jared Leto, on is shoulders.



Dallas Buyers Club is a solid film and McConaughey's struggle with HIV/AIDS and his battle against pharmaceutical companies does make for some quite compelling drama. The problem with the film is that it seems to just end out of nowhere, not giving the topic or the characters involved a satisfying conclusion. Another problem is that Jennifer Garner's character could have been completely cut from the film, and it wouldn't have removed anything major from the film. Which is a shame, because this film could have been really excellent. Now it's only very good.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Matthew McConaughey | Won
* Best Actor in a Supporting Role . Jared Leto | Won
* Best Original Screenplay
* Best Film Editing
* Best Makeup and Hairstyling | Won
Bml93's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 815 Average listal rating (572 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

Captain Phillips is an extremely tense and nail-biting thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat for the most of its running time. I appreciate that it manages to leave basically everything besides what's actually important out of it. Meaning that it tells a rather simple plot in a very effective way with characters that ends up being fully complex because of the actions we see them do in their situation, as opposed to forced and unnecessary scenes to simply develop them. Which was rather nice, and it does also mean that it's rather well-paced, despite it lasting over two hours.



It's also a showcase for Tom Hanks acting abilities. Particularly his final scene, which itself is worthy of an Academy Award nomination. And for me personally, I believe that him not getting nominated for this role is one of greatest injustices in Oscar history. Barkhad Abdi is also terrific in his role. If there's one flaw in the film, it would probably be that the last half could have been tighter, but it's not really a big deal since it's so tense.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Actor in a Supportin Role - Barkhad Abdi
* Best Adapted Screenplay
* Best Film Editing
* Best Sound Editing
* Best Sound Mixing
Bml93's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1767 Average listal rating (1191 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
Gravity (2013)

Whenever a film presents a rather simple premise, it all lies in the execution of that premise. And Gravity is beautifully executed. This is a tense technical and visual spectacle that holds your breath throughout its entire length. Lead on by glorious special effects, as well as tight directing and two fine performances, Gravity is one of the best films in its genre.



It might be a bit too short, I certainly went thinking "is it over already?", but that might be more of a strength rather than a flaw. Because it does say that I wanted more. That I was enjoying myself so much that I wanted to see more. But still, this is one of the rare theatrical experiences that comes out once every year and probably the best use of 3D I've seen so far. This is how cinema should be experienced.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director | Won
* Best Actress in a Leading Role - Sandra Bullock
* Best Cinematography | Won
* Best Film Editing | Won
* Best Original Score | Won
* Best Best Production Design
* Best Sound Editing | Won
* Best Sound Mixing | Won
* Best Visual Effects | Won
Bml93's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1760 Average listal rating (1116 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2

With The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese delivers a rise-and-fall story he has delivered previously in some of his other films, most notably Goodfellas. But Scorsese makes sure that The Wolf of Wall Street is a blast. Rarely has three hours felt so short. This is an extremely fast-paced, exhilarating, over-the-top work of modern art. In a time where few comedies makes me laugh, it's almost unbelievable that a film like this can come around and cause me to burst out in laughter several times.



It's not just the funniest film this year. It's arguably the funniest film in many years. But what's so damn great about it is that it manages to connect several different emotions flawlessly. It can go from being very funny to being downright sad and/or intense in the very next moment. And it takes a very skilled filmmaker to pull that off without having the film suffer from tone issues. Scorsese delivers.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Director
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Leonardo DiCaprio
* Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Jonah Hill
* Best Adapted Screenplay
Bml93's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1414 Average listal rating (894 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

When viewing 12 Years a Slave I found myself constantly thinking that this was powerful, brutal and unflinching stuff, but that it lacked something to really hit me emotionally. But when I left the cinema, I fully realized what I had just seen. And then it struck me with emotionally devastating force, and when that happens, you know you've seen something extraordinary.



Ranking up there with films such as Schindler's List, this is essential viewing on our own history, and a prime example of how you can achieve great, insightful, emotional and powerful stuff with the help of cinema. Because I believe that 12 Years of Slave is not just simply a great film because it's about slavery. Everyone can a make a film about slavery, and then whip some people. But not everyone can make a film that's so honest as this film. Not every film can shake up your emotions after you've left the cinema. Only a tremendously powerful film can do that. I've used that word, powerful, a lot now. But that's simply the best word to describe the experience that 12 Years a Slave is. It's powerful.

Nominated for

* Best Picture | Won
* Best Director
* Best Actor in a Leading Role - Chiwetel Ejiofor
* Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Michael Fassbender
* Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Lupita Nyong'o | Won
* Best Adapted Screenplay | Won
* Best Film Editing
* Best Costume Design
* Best Production Design
Bml93's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1434 Average listal rating (936 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Her (2013)

Once in a while you encounter a film that just really hits every personal and emotional note in you, a film that in many ways manages to visually portray many of your own emotions and feelings. For me, Her turned out to be a film like that. I felt personally connected to this film. Having gone through my very first break-up a couple of months ago, and in many ways suffering from loneliness myself, I ended up seeing a lot of myself in this film. And when it was over, I felt inspired to change my own life and to actually do something with my own emotional struggle. Needless to say, this film managed to bring out a few tears in me.



While that certainly is the main reason for why I absolutely love Her, I do also adore it for it's very simple sci-fi premise, it's charm and humour, and touching love story. It's beautifully acted, cleverly written, gorgeously shot and the music is instantly memorable. Best film of 2013.

Nominated for

* Best Picture
* Best Original Screenplay | Won
* Best Original Score
* Best Original Song - The Moon Song
* Best Production Design
Bml93's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom

These lists are ranking the best picture nominees for each year. This one takes the 2014 Academy Awards.

Added to

3 votes
List of Lists of Oscar Nominated Films Rankings (5 lists)
list by Bml93
Published 2 months, 1 week ago



Related lists

Oscar Nominees - From 1970 to 1989 (Best Picture)
100 item list by renan
25 votes
OSCAR 2014 - BEST PICTURE
9 item list by Phelipe Vieira
2 votes
OSCAR 1998 - BEST PICTURE
5 item list by Phelipe Vieira
1 votes
Best Motion Picture Academy Awards (Oscars)
82 item list by The Antagonist
68 votes 8 comments
2013 Films: Best to Worst
36 item list by OsamaEx
17 votes 1 comment

View more top voted lists


Post comment


Insert image

drop image here
(or click)
or enter URL:
 link image?  square?

Insert video

Format block