This week I watched Boyhood, the movie that chronicles a boy’s growing up. It is an extraordinary movie, and it set me to thinking about the upcoming Academy Awards, not only who will take home Oscars, but the interest and art of movies. Enjoying a movie is similar to enjoying a book in that it is a personal thing. What story is any person ready for, interested in, appreciative of ? What about the look of a movie? It is a visual medium.
I offer the following categories for your consideration:
Creative Outside-the-Box Movies.
In these movies, the filmmakers created something different than the usual.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Films Not Nominated for Best Picture Worth Watching (for a wide variety of reasons)
Unbroken (nominated for achievement in cinematography)
Best Picture Nominees You May Not Want to Miss
The Imitation Game
Outstanding Performances by an Actor or Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Robert DuVall (The Judge)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Hilary Swank (The Homesman)
Movies With Terrific Good Looks
Is this cinematography, production design, art direction, costume design or all of the above?
Grand Budapest Hotel
Movies Yet To See
A Most Violent Year
Into the Woods
The Best Movie Seen This Past Year
Readers/Viewers Need to Comment for this category. I don’t think I was over the moon for any movie this year. I’m still waiting to be wowed!
There were many good movies released during 2014 I did not see and included them only in Movies Yet To See. So— bring on the comments! What did you like? Who are you rooting for on Oscar Night? Did you think 2014 was a good movie year?