Individual Ballots | The Best of 2014

Since we just missed the cutoff of launching the Bit Players at the end of last year, we wanted to post what we considered to be our year-end roundup of 2014 in film. There were tons of amazing films and performances to choose from, and it was hard to narrow down to a consensus, but we managed to do that by the end. Inside you will find the best films, best male performances, best female performances, best directors, most overrated films, most underrated films, worst films, and the best scenes of the year, as well as our individual ballots if you want to see where all of these selections came from. Enjoy, and we look forward to a great year of watching film together along with you in 2015.

Since we just missed the cutoff of launching the Bit Players at the end of last year, we wanted to post what we considered to be our year-end roundup of 2014 in film. There were tons of amazing films and performances to choose from, and it was hard to narrow down to a consensus, but we managed to do that by the end. Inside you will find the best films, best male performances, best female performances, best directors, most overrated films, most underrated films, worst films, and the best scenes of the year, as well as our individual ballots if you want to see where all of these selections came from. Enjoy, and we look forward to a great year of watching film together along with you in 2015.

Anders Oster
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Films
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Interstellar
3. Whiplash
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
5. The Imitation Game
6. Birdman
7. The Babadook
8. What We Do In The Shadows
9. Theory of Everything
10. I Origins
11. Obvious Child
12. Starred Up
13. Wild
14. The Good Lie
15. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Best Male Performances
1. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
2. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
3. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
4. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
5. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Female Performances
1. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
2. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
3. Essie Davis (The Babadook)
4. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
5. Emma Stone (Birdman)

Best Directors
1. Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
2. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
3. James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Most Overrated Film
Boyhood

Most Underrated Film
Interstellar

Worst Films
1. Mr. Turner

2. 300: Rise of an Empire
3. Dumb and Dumber To

Best Scenes
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past "Quicksilver Slow-Motion Scene"
2. Whiplash "Final Scene"
3. Interstellar "Endurance Docking Scene"
Brian Urrutia
Birdman

Best Films
1. Birdman
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
3. Whiplash
4. The Interview
5. Snowpiercer
6. Interstellar
7. The Babadook
8. Two Days, One Night
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
10. Foxcatcher
11. Mr. Turner
12. The Grand Budapest Hotel
13. How to Train Your Dragon 2
14. American Sniper
15. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Best Male Performances
1. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
2. Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
3. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
4. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
5. Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)

Best Female Performances
1. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
2. Essie Davis (The Babadook)
3. Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
4. Emma Stone (Birdman)
5. Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)

Best Directors
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
2. Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
3. Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)

Most Overrated Film
Boyhood

Most Underrated Film
The Babadook

Worst Films
1. Transcendence
2. 300: Rise of an Empire
3. Divergent

Best Scenes
1. Whiplash "Opening Scene"
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past "Quicksilver Slow-Motion Scene"
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel "Downhill Ski Chase Scene"
Clark Carmichael
Whiplash

Best Films
1. Whiplash
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. The Drop
5. Birdman
6. John Wick
7. Edge of Tomorrow
8. 22 Jump Street
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
10. Chef
11. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
12. Snowpiercer
13. Blue Ruin
14. The Equalizer
15. Lucy

Best Male Performances
1. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
2. Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
3. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
4. Miles Teller (Whiplash)
5. James Gandolfini (The Drop)

Best Female Performances
1. Essie Davis (The Babadook)
2. Emma Stone (Birdman)
3. Noomi Rapace (The Drop)
4. Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)
5. Amy Ryan (Birdman)

Best Directors
1. James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy)
2. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
3. Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin)

Most Overrated Film
The Imitation Game

Most Underrated Film
The Drop

Worst Films
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
2. God's Not Dead
3. Gone Girl

Best Scenes
1. Whiplash "Final Scene"
2. Birdman "Opening Scene"
3. The Drop "Bar Scene"
Jarryd Baxter
Whiplash

Best Films
1. Whiplash
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Birdman
4. Interstellar
5. The Edge of Tomorrow
6. Nightcrawler
7. Boyhood
8. Gone Girl
9. The Drop
10. The Babadook
11. Calvary
12. I Origins
13. Guardians of the Galaxy
14. Citizenfour
15. Two Days, One Night

Best Male Performances
1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
2. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
3. Miles Teller (Whiplash)
4. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
5. Edward Norton (Birdman)

Best Female Performances
1. Essie Davis (The Babadook)
2. Emma Stone (Birdman)
3. Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)
4. Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
5. Naomi Watts (Birdman)

Best Directors
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
2. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
3. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Most Overrated Film
The Theory of Everything

Most Underrated Film
The Drop

Worst Films
1. Love is Strange
2. Laggies
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Best Scenes
1. Interstellar "Endurance Docking Scene"
2. Whiplash "Final Scene"
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel "Dining Scene"
Jeff Pearson
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Films
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Birdman
3. Whiplash
4. The Lego Movie
5. Boyhood
6. The Skeleton Twins
7. Coherence
8. Big Hero 6
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
10. Inherent Vice
11. What We Do in the Shadows
12. Listen Up Philip
13. Selma
14. The Drop
15. Nightcrawler

Best Male Performances
1. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
2. Michael Keaton (Birdman)
3. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
4. David Oyelowo (Selma)
5. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

Best Female Performances
1. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
2. Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins)
3. Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars)
4. Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
5. Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)

Best Directors
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
2. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
3. Richard Linkater (Boyhood)

Most Overrated Film
Gone Girl

Most Underrated Film
The Drop

Worst Films
1. Dumb and Dumber To
2. Gone Girl
3. Let's Be Cops

Best Scenes
1. Whiplash "Final Scene"
2. The Skeleton Twins "Lip-Sync Scene"
3. Unbroken "Beam Scene"
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