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

Nominations in Progress in All Categories 


Best Actor
Ralph Fiennes
"Gustav H"
Jake Gyllenhaal
"Lou Bloom"
Michael Keaton
"Riggan Thomson"
David Oyelowo
Eddie Redmayne
"Stephen Hawking"
Mixing elegant calm, once aspirational now innate class, abundantly comic but never crass carnal and social appetites, and daunting perfectionism, he makes it impossible to imagine anyone else playing the part.  His vampiric unblinking stare and relentless salesmanship mesmerizes. Plus foregrounding this sociopath's most human if morbid trait: curiousity
Bonus Points: The inherent soullessness of  catchphrases. 
Revealing new things with each scene partner, while illuminating the baggage of lost stardom. A miraculous light tough juggling act of star persona, tragicomedy and psychological turbulence
Bonus Points: "Caw!"
For spiritual grace and thunder mixed with human exhaustion and worry. Especially impressive, subversively so for a great orator, when he's silent: taking the temperature of rooms w/ friends, wife, allies & enemies alike For conveying so much life, romantic feeling, and personality with his eyes. Plus expert mapping of increasing selfishness and physical decline
Bonus Points: Wary calculations & negotiations w/ Jonathan - those peas!
Finalists: Channing Tatum for his "monosyllabic mountain of Grace" - Streep's words from the Gotham Awards -- as Mark Schultz in Foxcatcher | John Lithgow for that lived in romantic partnership, subtle regrets and innate joie de vivre in Love is Strange

Semi Finalists: Timothy Spall Mr Turner | Bradley Cooper American Sniper | Alfred Molina Love is Strange | Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game | Chadwick Boseman Get On Up



Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin
"Bigfoot Johansson"

Ethan Hawke

Kristofer Hivju
Edward Norton
"Mike Shiner"
Mark Ruffalo
"Dave Schultz"
Physically and character precise from his stance to awesome oral fixation and "evil shit twinkle" in his eyes. Delicious line readings! Bonus Points: Motto pank─ôki (a full ode to this performance here. He ably suggests a life offscreen but his primary contribution is an authentic arms-length love. It's as if he's watching the Boyhood with us, also with wonder, but intermittently able to shape it. Hapless foils are easy to overlook but this viking is pitch-perfect as he tries to a) keep the peace and b) shore up his friend's ego while trying to escape complicity. An intricate and endearing balancing act. From his brilliant scene stealing intro he  takes no prisoners... and by prisoners I mean saves himself in this send-up of a difficult actor with a gargantuan ego. Consistently hilarious. For illuminating the tactile love and communication of this fraternal bond while revealing that he's ill equipped for a war over his brother's soul. Bonus points: That interview scene is A+ work

Finalists: Chris Pine displaying a heretofore unseen gift for physical comedy along with a more rewarding two-dimensional stylization as a Charming prince in Into the Woods; Shia Labeouf may be a crazy person but his evocative intensity in both Fury and Nymphomaniac beautifully suggests things about the characters that are significantly more interesting than what's on the page. Perhaps he's the right role away from a signature classic part?

Semi Finalists: Jonathan Pryce - Listen Up Phillip; Patrick D'Assumçao - Stranger by the Lake; Charlie Cox - Theory of Everything; Tyler Perry - Gone Girl; Paul Jesson - Mr Turner

*For those who are curious I consider J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller to be co-leads in Whiplash (and they both just missed the top 12 lead actor lists above)