Major award-winning movies released in 2014 include "Birdman," "American Sniper," "Selma," "Boyhood" and "The Imitation Game." All of these films won at least one Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards, and all were nominated for Best Picture. "Birdman" won the award for Best Picture, "American Sniper" won for sound editing, "Selma" won for the best original song, "The Imitation Game" was named as the best adapted screenplay, and Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress for her role in "Boyhood."
"Selma" is a biographical drama about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous civil rights march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The film earns 7.5 out of 10 stars on IMDb, as of 2015. Ava DuVernay, the film's director, became the first black female director to earn a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Writer and director Richard Linklater spent 12 years making his film "Boyhood." The fictional drama follows a young boy named Mason Evans, Jr. from age 6 to 18, with Linklater filming each year as the actor aged. The film's production is considered a landmark in American cinema.
"American Sniper," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" were major films at the box office in 2014. Each grossed over $325 million domestically at the box office. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" earned over $120 million its opening weekend.