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B E S T   O F   2 0 1 4
as of 8 August . . .

T O P   1 0   F I L M S
alphabetically

BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater)
THE CASE AGAINST 8
(Ben Cotner, Ryan White)
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
(Wes Anderson)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
(James Gunn)
LILTING (Hong Khaou)
PRIDE (Matthew Warchus)
UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer)
VENUS IN FUR (Roman Polanski)
WE ARE MANY (Amir Amirani)
THE WIND RISES (Hayao Miyazaki)


D I R E C T O R S
Wes Anderson
(THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL)
Jonathan Glazer (UNDER THE SKIN)
Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD)

S C R E E N P L A Y S
Wes Anderson
(THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL)
David Ives, Roman Polanski
(VENUS IN FUR)
Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD)

A C T R E S S E S
Scarlett Johansson
(UNDER THE SKIN, CHEF, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER)
Elizabeth Moss (THE ONE I LOVE)
Tilda Swinton (SNOWPIERCER,
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE,
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL)

A C T O R S
Ralph Fiennes
(THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL)
Andy Serkis
(DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES)
Ben Whishaw (LILTING)

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T R E S S E S
Uma Thurman (NYMPHOMANIAC)
Olivia Williams (SABOTAGE)
Kate Winslet (DIVERGENT)

S U P P O R T I N G   A C T O R S
Jamie Bell (NYMPHOMANIAC, SNOWPIERCER)
Michael Fassbender (FRANK,
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST)
Tom Wilkinson (BELLE)

W O R S T   F I L M S
BAD JOHNSON (Huck Botko)
PUDSEY THE DOG: THE MOVIE
(Nick Moore)
ENDLESS LOVE (Shana Feste)
THE FOLD (John Jencks)
TOP DOG (Jamie Adams)

The complete lists:
33rd SHADOWS AWARDS 2013
See also:
32nd SHADOWS AWARDS 2012 SHADOWS HALL OF FAME
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13 | 12 | 11 | 2010 | 09 | 08 | 07 | 06 | 05 | 04 | 03 | 02 | 01 | 2000 | 99 | 98 | 97
96 | 95 | 94 | 93 | 92 | 91 | 1990 | 89 | 88 | 87 | 86 | 85 | 84 | 83 | 82 | 81 | 70s

2 0 1 3

32nd shadows awards FILM: American Hustle (David O Russell)

Runners-up: 12 Years a Slave. Filth. Fruitvale Station. Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
DIR: John S Baird (Filth)
SCR: Lake Bell (In a World...)
ACT: Emilie Dequenne (Our Children), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
SUP: Margo Martindale (Augus: Osage County, Beautiful Creatures), James Franco (Spring Breakers, Homefront, As I Lay Dying, The Iceman)

2 0 1 2

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Life of Pi (Ang Lee)

Runners-up: Rust and Bone. Holy Motors. Safety Not Guaranteed. Amour.
DIR: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
SCR: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain (Rust and Bone)
ACT: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games); Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)
SUP: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables); Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)

2 0 1 1

complete set of Top 10s FILM: A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)

Runners-up: We Need to Talk About Kevin. The Artist. Poetry. Weekend.
DIR: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
SCR: Asghar Farhadi (A Separation)
ACT: Anna Paquin (Margaret); Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double, My Week With Marilyn, Captain America)
SUP: Sareh Bayat (A Separation); Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Adventures of Tintin)

2 0 1 0

complete set of Top 10s FILM: The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko)

Runners-up: Of Gods and Men, Inception, Toy Story 3, The Arbor.
DIR: Christopher Nolan (Inception)
SCR: Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3)
ACT: Rosamund Pike (Barney's Version, Made in Dagenham), Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
SUP: Olivia Wiliams (The Ghost), Jason Isaacs (Green Zone, Skeletons, Harry Potter 7 Part I)

2 0 0 9

29th shadows awards FILM: A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)

Runners-up: A Serious Man. Fish Tank. Mugabe and the White African. (500) Days of Summer.
DIR: Jane Campion (Bright Star)
SCR: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche (In the Loop)
ACT: Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet)
SUP: Mo'Nique (Precious), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger, Zombieland, 2012, Management)

2 0 0 8

28th shadows awards

FILM: The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
Runners-up: Hunger. Gran Torino. Slumdog Millionaire. Wall-E.

DIR: Steve McQueen (Hunger)
SCR: Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
ACT: Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long, Easy Virtue, The Other Boleyn Girl); Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
SUP: Patricia Clarkson (Married Life, Elegy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona); Jeremie Renier (In Bruges, Private Property, The Silence of Lorna, Summer Hours)

2 0 0 7

27th shadows awards FILM: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu)

Runners-up: No Country for Old Men. Paranoid Park. The Edge of Heaven. Hallam Foe.

DIR: Sidney Lumet (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)
SCR: Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)
ACT: Laura Linney (Jindabyne, The Savages, Breach, The Hottest State, The Nanny Diaries); Jamie Bell (Hallam Foe, The Chumscrubber)
SUP: Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton); Robert Downey Jr (Charlie Bartlett, Zodiac, Lucky You)

2 0 0 6

26th shadows awards FILM: United 93 (Paul Greengrass)

Runners-up: Little Miss Sunshine. Pan's Labyrinth. Letters from Iwo Jima. Shut Up & Sing.

DIR: Park Chan-wook (Lady Vengeance)
SCR: Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine)
ACT: Naomi Watts (Painted Veil, Ellie Parker, Stay), James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Starter for Ten)
SUP: Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Bill Nighy (Notes on a Scandal, Stormbreaker, Dead Man's Chest)

2 0 0 5

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney)

Runners-up: The Constant Gardener. Mysterious Skin. A History of Violence. Paradise Now.

DIR: Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin)
SCR: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain)
ACT: Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Jarhead, Proof)
SUP: Catherine Keener (Capote, The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Interpreter), Matt Dillon (Crash)

2 0 0 4

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Dogville
(Lars von Trier)

Runners-up: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The Twilight Samurai. The Motorcycle Diaries. Bad Education.

DIR: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
SCR: Bill Condon (Kinsey)
ACT: Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Jamie Foxx (Ray, Collateral)
SUP: Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, The Life Aquatic, Coffee & Cigarettes), Peter Sarsgaard (Kinsey, Garden State)

2 0 0 3

complete set of Top 10s FILM: The Return of the King (Peter Jackson)

Runners-up: American Splendor. Elephant. The Triplets of Belleville. Lost in Translation.

DIR: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini (American Splendor)
SCR: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor)
ACT: Toni Collette (Japanese Story, Dirty Deeds), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)
SUP: Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, The Station Agent, All the Real Girls, The Safety of Objects), Sean Astin (The Return of the King)

2 0 0 2

complete set of Top 10s FILM: City of God (Fernando Meirelles)

Runners-up: The Hours. Y Tu Mama Tambien. Far From Heaven. The Two Towers.
DIR: Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien)
SCR: Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)
ACT: Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven, The Hours), Danny Huston (Ivansxtc)
SUP: Toni Collette (The Hours, About a Boy, Changing Lanes), Peter Boyle (Monster's Ball)

2 0 0 1

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann)

Runners-up: The Fellowship of the Ring, Monsoon Wedding, You Can Count on Me, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
DIR: Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge)
SCR: Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me)
ACT: Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
SUP: Beth Grant (Sordid Lives, Rock Star, Donnie Darko), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Iris)

2 0 0 0

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)

Runners-up: Memento, Traffic, Open Your Eyes, High Fidelity.
DIR: Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)
SCR: Woody Allen (Sweet and Lowdown, Small Time Crooks)
ACT: Joan Allen (The Contender, When the Sky Falls), Christian Bale (American Psycho)
SUP: Frances McDormand (Almost Famous, Wonder Boys), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich, Traffic)

1 9 9 9

complete set of Top 10s FILM: American Beauty (Sam Mendes)

Runners-up: Ride With the Devil, Gods and Monsters, Election, The Straight Story.
DIR: David Lynch (The Straight Story)
SCR: Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters)
ACT: Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story)
SUP: Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, 8 1/2 Women), Jude Law (The Talented Mr Ripley, Final Cut, eXistenZ)

1 9 9 8

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Shakespeare in Love (John Madden)

Runners-up: Saving Private Ryan, The General, The Truman Show, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
DIR: Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan)
SCR: Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca)
ACT: Joan Allen (Pleasantville), Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail)
SUP: Toni Collette (The Boys, Velvet Goldmine), Ed Harris (The Truman Show, Stepmom)

1 9 9 7

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Regeneration (Gillies MacKinnon)

Runners-up: Shall We Dance, Titanic, The Full Monty, Boogie Nights.
DIR: Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights)
SCR: James Cameron (Titanic)
ACT: Julie Christie (Hamlet, Afterglow), Jonathan Pryce (Regeneration, Tomorrow Never Dies)
SUP: Anne Heche (Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog), Richard Briers (Hamlet)

1 9 9 6

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)

Runners-up: Shine, Trainspotting , The Pillow Book, Fargo.
DIR: Peter Greenaway (The Pillow Book)
SCR: Joel & Ethan Coen (Fargo)
ACT: Frances McDormand (Fargo, Lone Star), Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, The Pillow Book, Brassed Off)
SUP: Kate Winslet (Sense and Sensibility), Chris Penn (The Funeral)

1 9 9 5

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Land and Freedom (Ken Loach)

Runners-up: Leaving Las Vegas, Smoke, The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway.
DIR: Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas)
SCR: Paul Auster (Smoke)
ACT: Jessica Lange (Blue Sky, Rob Roy), Morgan Freeman (Seven, The Shawshank Redemption)
SUP: Ashley Judd (Smoke, Heat), Martin Landau (Ed Wood)

1 9 9 4

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)

Runners-up: The Hudsucker Proxy, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shadowlands, The Last Seduction.
DIR: Joel Coen (The Hudsucker Proxy)
SCR: Steve Barancik (The Last Seduction)
ACT: Linda Fiorentino (The Last Seduction), John Travolta (Pulp Fiction)
SUP: Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump)

1 9 9 3

complete set of Top 10s FILM: In the Name of the Father (Jim Sheridan)

Runners-up: Schindler's List, Groundhog Day, The Piano, Short Cuts.
DIR: Jane Campion (The Piano)
SCR: Harold Ramis, Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day)
ACT: Holly Hunter (The Piano, The Firm), Daniel Day Lewis (In the Name of the Father, The Age of Innocence)
SUP: Anne Archer (Short Cuts), Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List)

1 9 9 2

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Howards End (James Ivory)

Runners-up: The Player, Aladdin, The Crying Game, The Waterdance.
DIR: Robert Altman (The Player)
SCR: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Howards End)
ACT: Emma Thompson (Howards End), Eric Stoltz (The Waterdance)
SUP: Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End), Kevin Spacey (Glengarry Glen Ross)

1 9 9 1

complete set of Top 10s FILM: The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)

Runners-up: Bugsy, Life is Sweet, Beauty and the Beast, Dead Again.
DIR: Oliver Stone (JFK)
SCR: John Sayles (City of Hope)
ACT: Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs), Nick Nolte (The Prince of Tides)
SUP: Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Harvey Keitel (Mortal Thoughts, Thelma & Louise, Bugsy)

1 9 9 0

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner)

Runners-up: GoodFellas, Avalon, Misery, Mystery Train.
DIR: Martin Scorcese (GoodFellas)
SCR: Barry Levinson (Avalon)
ACT: Kathy Bates (Misery), Robert DeNiro (GoodFellas)
SUP: Jennifer Jason Leigh (Miami Blues), Joe Pesci (GoodFellas)

1 9 8 9

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)

Runners-up: Field of Dreams, Drugstore Cowboy, My Left Foot, Roger & Me.
DIR: Terry Gilliam (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)
SCR: Gus Van Sant, Don Yost (Drugstore Cowboy)
ACT: Andie MacDowell (Sex Lies & Videotape), Matt Dillon (Drugstore Cowboy)
SUP: Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), Denzel Washington (Glory)

1 9 8 8

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Tucker, the Man and His Dream (Francis Ford Coppola)

Runners-up: Dangerous Liaisons, Five Corners, Big, Mississippi Burning.
DIR: Francis Ford Coppola (Tucker)
SCR: Ron Shelton (Bull Durham)
ACT: Glenn Close (Dangerous Liaisons), Tom Hanks (Big)
SUP: Kathleen Turner (The Accidental Tourist), Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda)

1 9 8 7

complete set of Top 10s FILM: The Untouchables (Brian DePalma)

Runners-up: Broadcast News, The Princess Bride, Moonstruck, Radio Days.
DIR: Brian DePalma (Untouchables)
SCR: James L Brooks (Broadcast News)
ACT: Holly Hunter (Broadcast News, Raising Arizona), Christian Bale (Empire of the Sun)
SUP: Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck), Nicolas Cage (Moonstruck, Raising Arizona)

1 9 8 6

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Stand by Me (Rob Reiner)

Runners-up: Hannah and Her Sisters, Platoon, The Mission, The Fly.
DIR: Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters)
SCR: David Lynch (Blue Velvet)
ACT: Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God), Robert DeNiro (The Mission)
SUP: Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters), Tom Berenger (Platoon)

1 9 8 5

complete set of Top 10s FILM: The Breakfast Club (John Hughes)

Runners-up: Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Color Purple, Brazil, Back to the Future.
DIR: Steven Spielberg (The Color Purple)
SCR: John Hughes (The Breakfast Club)
ACT: Meg Tilly (Agnes of God), William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
SUP: Tracey Ullman (Plenty), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future)

1 9 8 4

complete set of Top 10s FILM: The Killing Fields (Roland Joffe)

Runners-up: Amadeus, This is Spinal Tap, Places in the Heart, All of Me.
DIR: Milos Foreman (Amadeus)
SCR: Robert Benton (Places in the Heart)
ACT: Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone, Crimes of Passion), Haing S Ngor (The Killing Fields)
SUP: Lily Tomlin (All of Me), John Malkovich (Places in the Heart, The Killing Fields)

1 9 8 3

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Local Hero (Bill Forsyth)

Runners-up: The Right Stuff, The Big Chill, Yentl, Tender Mercies.
DIR: Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff)
SCR: Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek (The Big Chill)
ACT: Barbra Streisand (Yentl), Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)
SUP: Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerously), Mickey Rourke (Rumblefish)

1 9 8 2

complete set of Top 10s FILM: E.T., The Extra-terrestrial (Steven Spielberg)

Runners-up: Gandhi, Tootsie, Victor/Victoria, Sophie's Choice.
DIR: Steven Spielberg (E.T.)
SCR: David Mamet (The Verdict)
ACT: Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
SUP: Jessica Lange (Tootsie, Frances), Robert Preston (Victor/Victoria)

1 9 8 1

complete set of Top 10s FILM: Reds (Warren Beatty)

Runners-up: Chariots of Fire, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Time Bandits, Body Heat.
DIR: Warren Beatty (Reds)
SCR: Colin Welland (Chariots of Fire)
ACT: Diane Keaton (Reds), Warren Beatty (Reds)
SUP: Maureen Stapleton (Reds), Jack Nicholson (Reds) back to the top

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best of 71-80 TIME CAPSULE: my best-of-year lists from the 70s...
1971: Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison)
1972: The Poseidon Adventure (Ronald Neame)
1973: The Sting (George Roy Hill)
1974: Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks)
1975: Jaws (Steven Spielberg)
1976: Network (Sidney Lumet)
1977: Star Wars (George Lucas)
1978: Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty)
1979: Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
1980: The Stunt Man (Richard Rush)
13 | 12 | 11 | 2010 | 09 | 08 | 07 | 06 | 05 | 04 | 03 | 02 | 01 | 2000 | 99 | 98 | 97
96 | 95 | 94 | 93 | 92 | 91 | 1990 | 89 | 88 | 87 | 86 | 85 | 84 | 83 | 82 | 81 | 70s
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