It has been an exciting year with many surprises and breakouts in 2014. From the massive success of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to Scarlett Johansson kickin’ butt and taking everyone’s money! I have compiled a list of some of the best movies, actors and moments of the past year! Make sure to check them all out after the jump.
Movie of the Year
Guardians of the Galaxy
For a movie that wasn’t supposed to be a huge success, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sure did prove a lot of people wrong. When Disney and Marvel first announced that they were making a comic book adaptation of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ many people had no idea what that even was. More than $771 million at the international box office later, everyone knows what it is now.
This movie defied all odds and became the highest grossing movie in the U.S., made more money than all the other comic book adaptations this year and stayed in the top 10 highest grossing movies at the box office for a whopping 10 weeks.
Between the amazing effects, throwback music and hysterical comedic performances, everyone is looking forward to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’!
Actress of the Year
In a year filled with great roles for women, no other woman kicked butt and did it with such grace as Scarlett Johansson. Whether she was playing a femme fetale in Lucy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier or smacking down the patriarchy off-screen, Johansson proved that she isn’t like every other actress and made us love her even more.
In 2014, her movies made more than $1.2 billion at the international box office. With gauranteed success from Captain America, Johansson stole the show when her Luc Besson directed action flick ‘Lucy’ surprised many and made $458 million worldwide. Her films have also earned her nominations at the People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Gotham Awards, and many others.
Runner-Up: Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mockingjay Part 2 & Serena)
Actor and Breakout of the Year
There is no other person deserving of this than Chris Pratt! Pratt was poised to have a huge year from the very beginning with the release of ‘The LEGO Movie’. The animated flick went on to become the highest grossing animated movie of 2014, pulling in more than $257 million. The movie would end up spending three consecutive weeks at #1 and is a favorite to win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
If one hit wasn’t enough, Pratt played the role of Peter Quill (AKA Star Lord) in the Marvel comic book adaptation ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. His comedic abilities and amazing transformation made an obscure comic book character, a worldwide hit. Need more to quench that thirst for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ facts? Well fear not, because the movie is Film Mention’s Movie of the Year; so make sure to check that out!
Back to Pratt (Chris Pratt helmed boyband?)! If 2014 wasn’t a big enough year for him, 2015 is shaping up to be just as big with a starring role in the highly anticipated ‘Jurassic World’. If he keeps this up, look for Chris Pratt here again next year!
Actor of the Year Runner-Up: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Breakout of the Year Runner-Up: Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner)
Director of the Year
Tie – Ava DuVernay & Angeline Jolie
This is the year of the female director due to outstanding movies directed by Ava DuVernay and Angelina Jolie. Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ and DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ both tell the stories of real people and how the perservered against impossible odds. Whether it is set in the Pacific during WWII or the racially charged south during the civil rights movement, both films show that more and more women are bringing riveting stories to life and are loved by audiences everywhere.
Both women and their films are getting major award season buzz. ‘Selma’ and ‘Unbroken’ are serious contenders for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and both women are a lock for Best Director nominations. We look forward to more amazing films from Jolie, DuVernay and women all over the world.
Runner-Up: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Icon of the Year
Gandalf. King Lear. Richard III. Magneto. These are just a few of the roles that Sir Ian McKellen has played over a career spanning 55 years. Over his long career on the stage, T.V. and the silver screen, McKellen has been nominated for two Oscars, five Emmys, three BAFTAs and has won a Golden Globe, two SAG awards, five Oliviers and a Tony.
His roles range from small dramas like ‘Gods and Monsters’ to massive blockbusters such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’, and the X-Men franchises. This mix of movies has allowed McKellen to rake in the praise and become box office gold with his films making nearly $9 billion worldwide. In 2014, he shows no signs of slowing down when he reprised his role as Magneto in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ which went on to become the highest grossing movie in the X-Men franchise. He also plays Gandalf the Grey in the last installment of ‘The Hobbit’ series.
He is the reason why myself and so many others love movies and that is why Sir Ian McKellen is Film Mention’s Icon of the Year.
Song of the Year – I Can Fly by Lana Del Rey (Big Eyes)
Score of the Year – Interstellar by Hans Zimmer
Drama of the Year – Gone Girl
Comedy of the Year – 22 Jump Street
Horror Movie of the Year – As Above, So Below
Action Movie of the Year – Lucy
Sci-Fi Movie of the Year – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Animated Movie of the Year – The LEGO Movie
Comic Book Adaptation of the Year – Guardians of the Galaxy
Young Adult Movie of the Year – The Fault in Our Stars
Trailer of the Year – Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens