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Sheldon’s 2014 Fifteen (Plus Five) Movies!

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After careful consideration – and with some trepidation – I’ve finally put together my final list of my favorite movies from 2014. It was the first time in a long while that I saw more than 200 movies and a lot of them were incredibly good (a lot were incredibly bad, or boring, but I’ve already dealt with those).

As usual, these are the films that got me laughing, crying, engaged in conversations and generally made my brain fizz in a good way. As usual, anyone who says it was a crap year for movies just wasn’t paying attention.

Also note that two movies – Selma and Boyhood (despite their importance in terms of history and/or unique concepts) did not make my favorites list – not because they were bad films. They were not. They were very, very good ones. They just didn’t connect with me as much as these twenty did.

So, hold your breath – here we go…

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Birdman Wins Three Indie Spirit Awards!

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Birdman won three Indie Spirit Awards this afternoon – Best Picture, Best Male Lead (Michael Keaton) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) – while Boyhood, its major competitor for the Oscars®, nabbed Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Female (Patricia Arquette). Julianne Moore won Best Female Lead for Still Alice.

Citizenfour won Best Documentary, J.K. Simmons got Best Supporting Male, and Ida won Best Foreign Film. For a complete list of winners, follow the jump.

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The Writers Guild of America Awards Nominations Released!

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The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominations for the best writing in film for 2014. The biggest surprise may be the inclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy.

For the complete list of nominations for original, adapted and documentary screeplays, follow the jump.

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2014 PGA Awards Nominees Unveiled!

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The Producers Guild of America has released their nominations for best film and longform comedy and dramatic television productions of 2014. For a complete list of niominees, follow the jump.

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Birdman Leads 20th Critics’ Choice Awards!

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The nominations for the 20th Critics Choice Awards included some big surprises. Not the thirteen moms for Birdman, necessarily, but the eleven for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which was released way back in March (ancient history for most awards voters). Boyhood was next with eight gongs.

For a complete list of nominees, follow the jump.

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