Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2014


Here are the eight nominees: (Winner in Bold)

American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Theory of Everything

Biggest Snub:

My Overall Thoughts:

Once again, this was a year where despite most of the nominees being quite good, it was a boxing match between two films that dominated all o the awards shows.

Right up until the last minute when the envelope was opened, it really could have gone either way.
Both films were worthy due to the technical aspects, but neither is really the best from a story perspective.

My Rankings:


  • 8. – The Theory of Everything – Very good story, but the performance of Redmayne is what makes this one memorable, not the rest of the aspects of it all.
  • 7. – The Grand Budapest Hotel – Anderson likes to use rapid-fire techniques to try and keep things going, not my style, but the film is entertaining nevertheless with a great ensemble cast
  • 6. – Whiplash – Powerful film mainly because of Simmons’ performance.  The message about striving for greatness no matter the obstacles is done extremely well.
  • 5. – The Imitation Game – Epic tale of WWII that is accentuated by the social message about intolerance
  • 4. – Boyhood – Amazing technical achievement of film a movie over such a long period of time, but the story isn’t as gripping because it doesn’t mesh together well enough
  • 3. – Birdman – Another amazing technical achievement making the film feel like one continuous shot.  Holywood loves movies about the “industry” and that’s probably why this one in the end, but as with Boyhood, the story just doesn’t cut it well enough
  • 2. – American Sniper – Great biopic that is so relevant to everything going on when it came out (and even now, two years later). Cooper is superb and the message of patriotism rings true throughout.
  • 1. – Selma – IMHO, this was the best film of the year because it tells an epic tale of a real struggle and has some amazing peerformances by all involved.  I don’t believe that since this was made by an African American Female director that it should have won due to “affirmative action”, but rather because it was the best of the lot and gives us a clear emotional tale about overcoming hardships in an intolerable society.  Truly a shame that this film didn’t get more recognition because it is amazing!

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all! Birdman is a great movie, but Selma is so much more powerful a story and it was a shame that it got snubbed in so many categories.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!


5 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2014

  1. The best film of 2014 was, unfortunately, not nominated for Best Picture. That was John McDonagh’s “Calvary,” which in a sane world should have also yielded a Best Actor Oscar for Brendan Gleeson. Of the films that were nominated, my favorite is probably “Whiplash.” I didn’t much care for “Birdman.” Well done, interesting and worth a look, but not a great film and not worth Best Picture.

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  2. I would have picked Whiplash here, mostly because of the performance.

    I do love Selma great history lesson, but i felt American Sniper was very average but as a non-military person i am not keen on most war films.

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  3. This was another great year at the Oscars with several outstanding films. I agree with the Interstellar snub. I thought Selma was kind of dry though. It should have been more hard hitting. It wasn’t the MLK movie I wanted. There are so many more interesting ways to explore the man and history. I wish Oliver Stone got to film his script instead of the estate approving of this adaption. That’s what makes these lists so great. It sparks a discussion. For me, I much preferred Whiplash with Birdman coming in second. I also liked Theory of Everything more than the average movie nerd, but don’t think it would make my Top 5 for the year. Great article, Rob. Keep these coming… please 🙂


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