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The Films of 2014. The 15th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards

PICTURE | ACTING | VISUALS | AURALS | EXTRAS | SPECIAL | SCENES 

 

Best Actress in a Limited or Cameo Role
Lindsay Duncan
"Tabitha"
BIRDMAN
Annie Funke
"Lorraine Lefkowitz"
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Charlotte Rampling
"Alice"
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL
Tilda Swinton
"Madame D."
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Uma Thurman
"Mrs H"
NYMPHOMANIAC, VOL. I
  
The largest role we allowed for but damn is she perfect as the harsh possibly subjectively interpreted critic sizing up her subjects for approval... or not
If you've got a teensy role, maximize every hint of a full character just off the page. She gives this proud not-so apparent heir to a family business a cool and practiced if green confidence.
 This erotic drama is uneven but Rampling assures that it will stick its landing with sympathetic gravitas as a sudden widow dropping by for a visit
In danger of being just a plot construct / visual joke but Tilda assures that her tottering besotted paranoid presence resonates. So memorable
 
 Hell hath no fury like an Uma scorned. Apparently "Mr. H" hadn't seen Kill Bill. Uma just lacerates in this razor sharp tragicomic scene - the obvious highlight of the four hour film


Finalists: Lesley Manville (Mr Turner) is typically enchanting as an eccentric lady scientist instructing Mr Turner on prisms; and Jena Malone (Inherent Vice) continues to seize her roles with gusto, quite memorable as an abandoned wife / former druggie - love that tapping on her fake choppers.

Semi Finalists: Anamaria Marinca (Fury); Karin Myrenberg (Force Majeure); Alison Pill (Snowpiercer); Menna Trussler, Karina Fernandez (Pride); Hong Chau (Inherent Vice);  Sela Ward, Casey Rose Wilson, Kathleen Rose Perkins (Gone Girl)

* This category tries to keep to actors with very small parts, two or less scenes. Or if they have more than two scenes they are backgrounded all the time and never the focus of their scenes. I'd have included Oprah Winfrey (Selma) and Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) and Polly Draper (Obvious Child) but they tip over into full supporting I think. It's subjective.

 

Best Actor in a Limited or Cameo Role
Timur Magomedgadzhie
"Timur"
TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT
Luke Pasqualino
"Grey"
SNOWPIERCER
Adam Pearson
"The Deformed Man"
UNDER THE SKIN
Henry G Sanders
"Cager Lee"
SELMA
Brandon Smith
"Little Richard"
GET ON UP
 In his confrontation with Sandra (Marion Cotillard) both actors seem totally lost in the characters and moment, utterly spontaneous, fluid of feeling, and moving
Mute "Grey" is  ndistinguishable from the grimy faced crowds, until he's called on. His spring into action is thrilling, his fate is wrenching
 The actor's sympathetic inhabitation of the role -- he's used to it to challenge disfigurement stigma in the press - is pivotal for this great movie. 
 
 
 What an expressive face!  This character actor (in tv & film since the early 70s) is heartbreakingly authentic mourning an unthinkable loss
If you didn't know Little Richard you might say he overplayed his hand, like he's the lead in his own mini movie. Smith gets at the incongruent subversive thrill of charisma too big to play by the rules. 

 

Finalists: W. Earl Brown (Wild); Harvey Keitel (Grand Budapest Hotel)

Semi Finalists: Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac Vol. II); Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl); Freddie Fox (Pride); Glenn Fleshler (A Most Violent Year); and virtually anyone else in Wild OR Grand Budapest Hotel;

This category tries to keep to actors with very small parts, two or less scenes. Or backgrounded all the time. I'd include Thomas Sadowski who I loved in Wild or Allesandro Nivola in A Most Violent Year or Jeff Goldblum from Grand Budapest Hotel ... but they all tip over into full supporting with too many short scenes. It's subjective.

 

Best Line Reading
Patricia Arquette
BOYHOOD
Kim Dickens
GONE GIRL
Elle Fanning
THE BOXTROLLS
Ralph Fiennes
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Channing Tatum
22 JUMP STREET


 
 "I just thought there would be more"

 

 "Well, if Tiffany says."

 

 "I'm sure I'm delicious."

 

"We've actually become dear friends"

"My name is Jeff"

 

Finalists: "Know your place. Keep your place. Be a shoe" - Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer; "This was very disrespectful" - Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year; "No way baby, I'm it." - Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl;

Semi-Finalists: "I was raised to be charming, not sincere." - Chris Pine, Into the Woods; "We make a good team, you and I." - Hilary Swank, The Homesman; "Would it be alright if I show the children the whoring bed?" Uma Thurman, Nymphomaniac Vol. 1

 

 

Breakthrough Performer
(the primary criteria being 'early in big screen career' and how badly do we want to see them in more films?)
JILLIAN BELL
22 Jump Street
CARRIE COON
Gone Girl
GUGU MBATHA-RAW
Beyond the Lights / Belle
JACK O'CONNELL
Starred Up / Unbroken / 71 / 300: Rise of an Empire
TONY REVOLORI
Grand Budapest Hotel
   
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Finalists: Jessica Gunning (Pride); Jenny Slate (Obvious Child); Luke Pasqualino (Snowpiercer)

Semi-Finalists: Ben Schnetzer (Pride); George Mackay (Pride); Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys); Ki Hong Lee (The Maze Runner)

 

 

Best Ensemble Performance
BIRDMAN GONE GIRL LOVE IS STRANGE PRIDE
SELMA


 
  Keaton
Norton
Stone
Duncan
Riseborough
Watts
Ryan 
Galifanakis 

 

Makes you yearn for other movies that actually let the case SHARE FRAMES and truly interact

 Pike
Coon
Affleck
Dickens
Perry
Pyle 
Ward
Fugit 
Baines
Clennon
Wilson
and more...

 

Eclectic acting styles but Fincher chose well and everyone pops together and separately

 Lithgow
Molina
Tomei
Burrows 
Tahan
Harris
Jackson 
Tabach
Coulson
Kirk
Perez

Such warm lived-in human overlapping New York social circles. I know this is bizarre but I want a sequel

  Staunton
Gunning
Scott
Considine
Mackay
Schnetzer
Nighy
Fernandez
Marsay
West 
Fox
and more... 

 

Just delightful camarederie and baton passing across the board for its dramatic and comic beats

Oyelowo
Ejogo
Winfrey
Roth
Wilkinson
Tompson
Holland 
Ribisi 
Nash
Pierce
Stanfield
Sanders
and more...

Bless Ava DuVernay for amassing such talent for her dramatization of the historic March

Runners Up
 

Finalists: Grand Budapest HotelHappy Christmas; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; We Are the Best

Semi-Finalists: The Imitation Game; Neighbors; Snowpiercer

 

Best Casting

BIRDMAN
Francine Maisler 
 LOVE IS STRANGE
Tiffany Little Canfield & Bernard Telsey
 A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Avy Kaufman 
PRIDE
Fiona Weir 
SNOWPIERCER
Jenny Rue & Johanna Ray 
 A rare instance of all star casting that feels essential to the success of the movie's identity. And the chemistry is their in abundance, too. Bonus points for Duncan & Riseborough
 Underutilised theater stars, smart name choices (go Marisa!) and a surprising but just right co-leads: who knew that Molina & Lithgow could go this subtle combined? 
 
 Terrific supporting choices (Nivola, Brooks, Elyes) and leads with truly great chemistry. The award goes to Kaufman but a special shout out to Chastain for suggesting Isaac. Or was it the other way 'round?

 
 Several strong choices, new faces, and big talent with comic & dramatic facility across the board. Respected name actors peppered throughout but never distractingly so.
They corraled an eclectic and international cast for this global dystopic trainride, vivid and unexpected combinations all around

 

Runner Up 

Finalists: The Imitation Game; Boyhood; A Most Violent Year; Foxcatcher;

Semi-Finalists: Leviathan; Gone Girl; Selma

* And a special thank you to Rob Marshall and his casting team Tiffany Little Canfield, Francine Maisler, Bernard Telsey for preferencing actors who can actually sing for Into the Woods (Johnny Depp notwithstanding). Let all future musicals put musical skill first

 

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