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The 2015 Biggie Awards (& My Top 10 and Bottom 5 of 2014)

The 26th Annual Biggie Awards

[UPDATED WITH WINNERS!]

for achievements in film for the year 2014

(click on any image to see the full-size version)

A year like 2014 is precisely why I created my own awards to begin with. It’s a year when the Oscars and I disagreed perhaps more than we ever have. I dutifully watched the Academy Awards this year, as I always do, but I had little to no rooting interest, as almost none of my favorite movies were up in the categories they should’ve been recognized in. Though you’ll find quite a bit of overlap in our acting nominees, I only agree with 3 of the Academy’s 8 Best Picture nominees, and they passed gas on nearly all of their technical categories. What else is new?

I thought 2014 was a good year on the whole, but not great. Maybe a B+ if I were to grade it. The barometer I use in judging an entire year is how many movies I put on my all-time “Movies I Love” list. This year, there were 21 new entrees on that list. There were 22 in 2013 and 25 in 2012. For perspective, the most ever is 31 from 2000. None of 2014’s entries will wind up in my all-time top 100, but that’s a tough list to crack any year.

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Mini-Review: LEE DANIELS’ OSCAR-BAITING THE BUTLER

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First things first, as you’ll see, I refuse to call this movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Have you heard the story about why they had to retitle the film from simply The Butler? Oh, please read about it [HERE]. It’s one of the most idiotic behind-the-scenes controversies in recent Hollywood history. The Butler is a movie I wasn’t excited to see, per se, but because it’s considered one of this year’s serious awards contenders, I’m sort of required to see it so that I’m “in the know” come January. It’s certainly worthy of consideration in several categories, but this is not the best movie of the year, and it should not be nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, or for its adapted screenplay (from Danny Strong, who won an Emmy last year for adapting Game Change for HBO).

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