I really wanted to put together a concluding list of the year — films I loved, films I’m glad to have seen, to express some sort of an opinion of my own before the Academy gives their awards. I only chose categories where I had shortlist and where I was more confident in. Runner-ups are in brackets and films and I haven’t seen Captain Phillips, August: Osage County, Nebraska, Mud, Rush or Stoker, so none of them made the cut. Let me know what you think!!
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
(Gravity, Blue is the Warmest Colour)
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY in Dallas Buyers Club & LEONARDO DICAPRIO in The Wolf of Wall Street
(Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, George Clooney in Gravity)
I’m not even going to pretend I know which performance I loved more.
SANDRA BULLOCK in Gravity
(Judi Dench in Philomena, Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Colour, Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine)
Favourite Supporting Actor
JONAH HILL in The Wolf of Wall Street
(Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave)
Favourite Supporting Actress
SCARLETT JOHANSSON in Her
(Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street, Sarah Paulson in 12 Years a Slave)
ALFONSO CUARÓN for Gravity
(Martin Scorsese in The Wolf of Wall Street)
Spike Jonze for HER
(Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena, Jonás and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity)
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR
(The Hunt, Blancanieves)
THE MONEY CHANT from The Wolf of Wall Street
(The Moon Song from Her)
FRANCES in Frances Ha
(Samantha in Her, Adèle in Blue is the Warmest Colour)
(The Spectacular Now, Philomena)
THIS IS THE END
(The Wolf of Wall Street, The Internship)
A spectacular coked-up list, Elina! Also really love the title of the post haha 🙂
I have to admit that I am impressed with your Favorite Character part, that would have taken me forever to decide based upon all the great ones we had last year. Frances was great. Mine *might* be James Franco’s Alien from Spring Breakers.
Like so many other “Favorite …” ideas, our preferred character really is hard to pick. Just so many good ones.
Frances Ha and Alien are both compelling characters, but I might take Aimee Finicky (The Spectacular Now) as my favorite. And Ginger (Ginger and Rosa) as the best developed.
Aimee Finicky definitely could’ve been there, but Ginger and Rosa, though I liked it a whole lot when I saw it, I’ve simply forgotten about now. But I think Frances deserves the win here as she was so memorable for me. 🙂
And Frances is the one I’ve mostly forgotten, though I do remember the character and Greta Gerwig’s awesomeness.
Oooh, Aimee Finicky is a good choice. She was great. Very non-stereotypical
Thanks!! 😀 It took me the most time to be honest, but finally I just decided to go with my gut. I haven’t seen Spring Breakers, though, but I’m feeling more and more like I should… 😀
Great list! I almost feel like the Money Chant should’ve gotten a best original song nomination. It could’ve replaced that Alone Yet Not Alone one that got kicked out.
Nice list.. BTW, for me, August: Osage County was nothing but over acted characters and that one storyline that never got developed into something special. Very unpleasing and totally not my cup of tea.. It’s interesting to see how different bloggers have different favorites and yet, all the same movies seem to pop up constantly. 😀
I’ve been thinking about that, too — that all the top lists are essentially made up of the same films, only the categories are different. 😀 I’ll be wary of August: Osage County too, then, thanks — is Meryl Streep good, at least? 😀
I didn’t like her at all.. Review up tomorrow.. pretty bad which is nice cause I haven’t written negative stuff in a while 😀
Great list, Elina. I did not think About Time remotely moving, but otherwise I think you’ve selected many high quality motion pictures for inclusion.
I completely brushed over it when it was getting reviewed about since I thought it was just a rom-com… but when I saw it by chance, I loved it so. Thanks, though!!
Totally agree about The Wolf of Wall Street – it was one of my favorite films of 2013 too…a lot of debauched fun to be had in that film thanks to Scorsese and DiCaprio.
I’d suggest the Best Actor categories could be taken by Dallas Buyers Club – who’d bet against McConaughey and Leto.
…but my gut feeling is that 12 Years a Slave will get top honors and probably Best Actor.
I’d like to see Nebraska get a few awards – maybe best screenplay.
Nebraska is the only BP nominee I haven’t seen. 😦
I thought Wolf was just so, so much fun, and something I want to see many times, while 12 Years was good, but a great deal of that was because of the topic material. So I’d rather give it best screenplay or something alike, and well, actually I’d have Gravity take home BP, no matter how much I loved Wolf. 😀
I have a feeling Dallas Buyers Club is gonna get the actor love at Oscars, and definitely deservedly so, so I felt pretty safe putting Wolf first here. 😀
Hi Elina! I share your picks for Favourite Screenplay and Best Director, oh and I also LOVE Scarlett’s voice work in HER, wish they’d create a category for voice acting as she should win that in a heart beat!
Awesome! I saw Her again yesterday a bit before the Oscars and it was truly so, so great.
Nice picks man. It’s safe to say your favourite song ain’t too awards friendly!
Thanks! 😀 Yeah, I guess you’re right. 😀
I missed so many good movies this year, it’s hard for me to intelligently argue anything on this list. Any love for Wolf, I endorse fully, same goes for Gravity. I really wish I had seen Her, but couldn’t swing that.
But, hey, I did see Free Birds and The Nut Job, theatrically, so at least I’ll be well versed when someone makes a list celebrating The hugest diet-coke fueled turds of 2013. Any takers?
That’s a list you should write if I ever saw one–I’d read that in a heartbeat. And from all best picture nominees after Wolf and Gravity, I think Her is the one most worth watching, so absolutely watch it… no matter what the cost is. 😉
Awesome to see love for Hill and This is the End! Still the funniest movie of last year for me, as much as I laughed during WoWs.
They both deserve it! Wolf was a rollercoaster, but This is the End was pure humor throughout, so that goes for me, too.
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I agree with 90% of the favorites here. Very good choices!
Glad to hear that!
I really enjoyed bitwc, I have reached the opinion though that Greta Gerwig is the millenniums poor misguided and second rate version of Chloe Sevigny, “the queen of the nineties”.