Sunday, August 2, 2015

2014 Fisti Awards

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2014.  My GOD this decade just gets better and better with each passing year.  2014 may honestly be one of the best cinematic years in the history of cinema.  It also marks possibly the best Oscar winning Best Picture in decades.  Yes, this was a year where Oscar got it right.  Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is one of the very Oscar decisions in my personal Oscar watching, and I'm so happy that Oscar made that choice in the end.

But we all know that it's not my choice.

No, Birdman is one of the very best of the year, but it's not the best (in my humble opinion).  Yes, 2014 is the year that I walked out of a theater, threw my hands up in the air and said, "Why bother anymore; cinema has just been conquered."  Xavier Dolan's Mommy is the single best film I've ever seen; perfection personified, and in all honesty it made me consider changing this site's name to A Fistful of Dolan and changing these awards to The Dolans...but I'm too vain for that.

With the inevitable Mommy slayage in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 2014!



















Award's Tally

[7 Wins]

Mommy

[3 Wins]

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

[2 Wins]

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

[1 Win]

The Fault in Our Stars
Under the Skin
We Are the Best!

46 comments:

  1. That is great. I would've gone with Gone Girl as my pick of the year but I would also give some honors to Mommy as well for its costume design and soundtrack.

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    1. If I had a Soundtrack category, Mommy and Guardians of the Galaxy would be duking it out for the gold. Two of the best soundtracks ever.

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  2. More like The Mommy Awards, am I right? Lol.

    We'd probably have similar ballots if I listed my faves in all the categories, especially with the actors (I'll let that Ansel Elgort mention slide, ew).

    How come Nightcrawler didn't make your Top 12? I thought you were head over heels for that one.

    Great call on Song of the Sea for Production Design. I watched it a few weeks ago and it was one of the rare ocassions that an animated film had me thinking about it in that way. Such a gorgeous film.

    Btw, I think you made an error. Didn't see Rosamund Pike in your list. :P

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    1. The Mommy Awards is right!

      I really loved Elgort...I found him so natural and charming and just pitch perfect for the part, but I know I'm in a minority.

      Nightcrawler suffers from being in a really, REALLY stacked year. It was in my 12 until a few weeks ago when I saw Leviathan and Song of the Sea. But this year was just SO GOOD. I mean, LEGO Movie, Starred Up, Blood Ties. Two Days One Night...all great films that also missed my Top 12.

      YES to Song of the Sea...just stunning!

      And Lead Actress was SO HARD. Pike, Moore and Johansson were all in my top five at one point or another, but there can only be five!

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    2. Ohh, I just saw her in your Top 12. Didn't notice it before. My bad. :)

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    3. Oh, she's definitely in there, and quite frankly she's probably my #6. Really though, after my top three (Anne, Marion and Gugu, in my humble opinion, are quite a few notches above the rest) it could have been a combination of any of the remaining Top 12 and I'd have been happy. I had Moore and Pike in there about a week ago, but I can't seem to get Luminita out of my mind, and a recent rewatch of Neighbors reminded me that Rose Byrne gives, probably, the best comedic performance of the whole year.

      But like I said, that category was tough...probably the toughest of them all.

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  3. Very excellent as always! I've actually tried to watch Mommy, but the sites I tried to watch it on didn't have subtitles, sadly, and I'm not fluent in French. I do like the Birdman love and the nods for Gone Girl, Jake Gyllenhaal, Guardians of the Galaxy, Rose Byrne, and MENDELSOHN!! I'll be posting my 2014 Film Guy Awards soon and as a heads up, we have some similarities on our lists.

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    1. Dude, Mommy is for sale on Amazon for like $13. It's also available on VOD through Amazon. Buy it! Watch it before you post your Film Guy Awards!!!!

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    2. I'll do my best. After I watch that, Beyond The Lights, The Immigrant, potentially A Most Violent Year, and rewatch Under The Skin (didn't like it the first time I saw it, but it's slowly growing on me), I'll post my Film Guy Awards.

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    3. Yes to Beyond the Lights and The Immigrant for sure. Gugu had such a marvelous year (see Belle also, if you haven't). A Most Violent Year was very underwhelming, for me, but Oscar Isaac is very good in it.

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    4. Belle, I saw. The film I thought was a slow burn, but Gugu was phenomenal. After it was over, I was like "Why isn't this girl getting better roles?"

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    5. 2014 was good for Gugu. She's already snagged high profile roles alongside McConaughey and Smith because of the exposure, so I have the highest of hopes for her cinematic future.

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  4. I feel like it would be inappropriate for me to even comment on this until I've seen Mommy LOL.

    And it's interesting, looking at my list as I compiled it while the year was going on, it seems somewhat odd to me now, after certain films have to proven to stick in the mind much more than others. I had Boyhood at #4, for Christ's sake. And it's a good film, but other than enjoying it while watching, I'm hard-pressed to remember anything about it.

    Anyway, my Best Pic five are definitely (in descending order) Pride, Birdman, and How To Train Your Dragon 2... and then some combination of Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Immigrant, The Lego Movie, Stranger By The Lake, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin, and The Way He Looks.

    Best Actor: Keaton (WINNER), Boseman, Fiennes, Redmayne, and either Tatum or Cooper. Phoenix and McAvoy are the other runners-up (and maybe Fassbender, I can't decide if he is Lead or Supporting in Frank), with a shout-out to Chris Pratt's voice-over work in The Lego Movie.

    Best Actress: Cotillard (WINNER), Jones, Moore, Blunt, and and Knightley, with Mbatha-Raw, Witherspoon, Chastain, and Woodley runners-up.

    Best Supporting Actor (LOVE your nominees, BTW): Norton (WINNER), Ruffalo, Hawke, Renner, and Simmons. Coxhe entire ensemble of Fury are runners-up. Shout-outs to Cooper and Butler for their voice-over work in Guardians of the Galaxy and ...Dragon 2 respectively.

    Best Supporting Actress: Swinton (WINNER), Knightley, Stone, Gyllenhaal, and Watts. Tomei is the runner-up.

    LOVE all your noms for Under the Skin. I don't think I'll ever be able to get that film out of my head. The score certainly won't ever leave my nightmares!

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    1. WOW apparently I can't type... Supporting Actor should say that Cox (as in Charlie, from Theory of Everything) AND THE entire ensemble of Fury are runners-up.

      It's been a long (albeit GREAT) day...

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    2. Nice, varied lists there, buddy! I love the support of voice work you have here (as you can see, I supported voice work this year too), and can't argue with those wins, even if two of the acting ones don't even get noms from me. It was such a rich year...SO RICH...and there are so many snubs at the Fistis that it's nice to see recognition for them elsewhere.

      Dropping Keaton from my lineup was hard.

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    3. Oh...and SEE MOMMY NOW!!!

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  5. Morgan Freeman in Supporting Actor. LOL That's awesome.

    So many great films here. And thanks for putting Gyllenhaal in Lead Actor. I still can't believe Oscar got that wrong.

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    1. Morgan Freeman's voice has never been used to brilliantly, in my humble opinion. Like, his dead-pan delivery is so awesome here, and the way he shamelessly goes for it (that ghost moment is my favorite comedic moment of the year) just deserves this. Like...I LOVED him!!!

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  6. No surprises here, Mommy dominating. For the record my favorite film of the year was Birdman and I agree that the Academy got that right but I was angry at a number of snubs, particularly those of Gyllenhaal, Gone Girl and Nightcrawler. I guess what angered me most was that Redmayne won over Keaton simply because it was a showy transformative performance. And Mommy and Force Majeure should have at least gotten a Foreign Language nom.
    Still a pretty decent year at the Oscars and the Fistis too. Glad Edward Norton won something since Simmons basically destroyed all the competition. And I agree, 2014 was one of the best cinematic years in the history of cinema.

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    1. Yeah, the Mommy slayage was inevitable, given how much I talk, talk, talk about how that movie is my everything, but these had to be posted :-D

      Yeah, the Oscar snubs were tough, but I'm just glad that Oscar rewarded the superior film this time.

      And I liked Simmons and all...but Norton was just pitch perfect and, in my opinion, showed more depth of character. I found Simmons to be a fire-cracker and certainly scene stealing but, unfortunately, one-note.

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    2. Norton definitely had a better character and he really made his limited screentime count, I really loved his performance but ultimately Simmons stood out for me because he's absolutely terrifying and his performance is so effective (even though one-note). He should go down as one of the most memorable villains in cinema imo.

      You're probably the only who gives recognition to voice-acting. Kudos on the Morgan Freeman nom.

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    3. Yeah, I don't regret that Morgan Freeman nom at all!!!

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  7. I'm pretty glad you put more Mommy and Gone Girl on nominations! And, oh Under the Skin and Calvary as well. 'Cause they're also my favorite although I didn't have much heart for Birdman.

    And thanks for at least getting Interstellar a place somewhere there. I don't know, but am I the only one who love Interstellar?

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    1. I know that Josh also really liked Interstellar and even had it in his Top 10 at one point (not sure if it's still there). I was just so underwhelmed by it (and confused).

      And, as you can tell, I welcome ALL Mommy love!!!

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  8. Oh thank God Boredom-I mean Boyhood was no where to be seen:) I still would edge Birdman ahead of Mommy (sorry) for Best Picture but it is a close call. I would have definitely have given best actress to Anne Dorval and Best Supporting to Suzanne Clement because, from the films I have seen they shine right past most except maybe Rosamund Pike. I still have see Marion Cotillard's performance. I know I disliked the song from The Leo movie but the others I don't even really remember.

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    1. Birdman is an excellent choice for BP, as I stated, so I'm more than fine with it being your choice for best of the year. It's probably my #4 on my personal ballot, behind Mommy, We Are the Best and Under the Skin.

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  9. I'd have gone with Birdman for BP which was one I rooted for at the Oscars. I wasn't wowed by The Immigrant, though the performances are ace, I still need to see the other three though. Ahah, funny seeing Morgan Freeman in LEGO Movie! I didn't expect that :D

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    1. I just LOVE Freeman's performance in LEGO Movie. It's such a sharp and clever turn.

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  10. I haven't seen 'Mommy,' but I'm curious to see it. 'Snowpiercer' was my favorite film last year. I finally know who the actor is on your header! For the longest time I thought that was a young Anthony Michael Hall from an 80s film.

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    1. Antoine-Olivier Pilon gives, without a doubt, my favorite performance of the decade so far.

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  11. It's becoming more and more evident how great 2014 really was now that I've seen (Thanks to you!) Mommy. Of your BP nominees I haven't seen We are the Best, nor have I even heard of it. Need to check into that. The Immigrant is a beautiful film that I just ended up not liking very much by the time the end came around. Under the Skin...I see the brilliance everyone is talking about, but it didn't totally blow me away.

    Have you seen Inherent Vice? That's my winner. No doubt about it. It's my Mommy. It would give it Picture, Supporting Actor (Brolin), and Adapted Screenplay without a doubt if I did my own personal awards.

    Great stuff as always, man! And I love the nod for Tye Sheridan in Joe. Loved that movie.

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    1. You're going to hate me for saying this...but...I kind of hated Inherent Vice. Like, I gave it a D (I haven't reviewed it yet) and found it to be...incoherent :-P

      But, yes, 2014 is just an INSANE year, and I love that you love Sheridan's work. That kid is going places, and I can't wait to watch him go there!

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  12. Stulp sorting through it all for my own awards, but I agree 2014 was an outstanding movie year. Love the nom for Morgan Freeman, but to be honest, if I nominate any performance from that movie it will be Will Arnett's. Also happy to see you give nods to Gleeson for Calvary and Mbatha-Raw for BtL. My biggest surprise is your nom for Crowe. Though it won't be my top choice, I love the win for Mommy. Nice to see different movies win on the various blogs that do their own awards.

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    1. Arnett's Batman is great, no doubt, but Freeman's dead-pan delivery SLAYS me.

      Crowe was in and out of my top five all year, but at the end of the day, his performance has so many layers and literally haunted me...I can't forget it. His complete transformation of character, the arcs (multiple), the confusion and eventual understanding (or assumed understanding) in his eyes is so richly conveyed.

      And you know how I feel about Mommy :-D

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    2. Should start "still" sorting...damn phone.

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    3. LOL, I was about to tweet you and ask was 'stulp' meant.

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  13. *dancing in the aisles*

    YES!!! So much awesomeness!

    Those Calvary noms are some of my faves, and Crowe is brilliant. Gugu...Rose Byrne...I'm in heaven!

    Those noms for We Are the Best!, Snowpiercer, and God Help the Girl are everything, and it's great to see those noms for Song of the Sea. :)

    Your music lineups!!! Begin Again x2! Fury! (Interestingly, Carney gets a CinSpec nom in Song as well, for "The End of Nowhere" from his film On the Edge.)

    Great job!

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    1. Yay! You're dancing!!!

      Like I told you on Twitter...this may be my absolute favorite Fisti Awards ever. I love (and I mean LOVE) not just every winner, but every nominee.

      Tears...of happiness!

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  14. For various reasons I’m terribly behind with this year, and most of what I’ve seen has not thrilled me. Since I can’t do my usual listing I’m going to do a winner and runner up for each, if I even have one and start catching up on some titles! I know I really have to watch Mommy and because I haven’t obviously I’m going to be clueless about most of your winners it playing so heavily in your lists.

    Picture:
    I liked the performances of both Immigrant and Birdman better than the films and I’ve yet to see We Are the Best or Under the Skin, though I already have that in my queue. Right now my winner would be The Imitation Game with The Grand Budapest Hotel as runner up but it could change easily since neither totally captivated me.

    Director:
    The only direction that’s really impressed so far is Wes Anderson’s helming of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    Actor:
    I was pulling for Michael Keaton in Birdman among the actual nominees and he was terrific but even though I absolutely loathed his film Jake Gyllenhaal was incredible in Nightcrawler and would be my winner. The only other performer who I even considered was Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, he’s usually an actor I don’t much care for but he was excellent.

    Actress:
    I’ve yet to see Two Days, One Night but Marion Cotillard is still my winner for The Immigrant. I did think both Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl and Reese Witherspoon in Wild were worthy of their nominations and I get a kick out of you giving a nod to Rose Byrne in Neighbors, she was the best part even though I don’t think she was nomination worthy.

    Supporting Actor:
    I’m delighted that J.K. Simmons won the actual award for Whiplash though I preferred Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher and he’d be my winner but this was probably Simmons one crack at the award and Ruffalo is sure to be making another appearance. Can’t argue with your choice of Edward Norton in Birdman I just preferred Ruffalo slightly more.

    Supporting Actress:
    This would be the toughest category for me and I’m sickened just thinking about Arquette having an Oscar for her nothing performance in that movie I won’t name. I wasn’t as enamored of the Birdman women as you though both gave good performances but right now my choice would be Rene Russo in Nightcrawler.

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    1. I can't wait to see what you think once you catch up with more titles from this year. Love your choices in Gyllenhaal, Cotillard, Ruffalo and Russo. They all gave wonderful performances, and had Two Days, One Night not come out this year, I would have nominated Cotillard for her Immigrant performance. She had a tremendous year.

      And I loved Byrne. Her performance was so sharp and funny and beautifully controlled. She stole the whole show gloriously!

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  15. Great choices. Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect pick for special effects and makeup. I didn't even recognize Karen Gillian at first. And sadly, Mommy is still on my shelf. Maybe I'll get a chance to see it this week.

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    1. Wait...Mommy is on your shelf...and YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED IT YET!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      Watch it tonight!

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  16. I love that Norton is your win, take it you haven't seen Whiplash? No Keaton love? :(

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    1. Norton is just crazy good. I've seen Whiplash, and I liked it...but I find Simmons, while electric, wholly one-note. He's in my Top 12 though (and I nominate the film for Film Editing).

      And Lead Actor was SO RICH! Keaton was great...and he's probably #6 or #7 for me...leaving off him and O'Connell was hard.

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  17. Well, finally got around to seeing Mommy! You can check out my updated Personal 2014 Awards here. (http://conmanatthemovies.com/2015/02/24/if-i-ran-the-oscars-2014-edition/)

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    1. I'm so happy you saw it, and that even though it was a tough watch, you saw the value in what Dolan presented!

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