Some of the most critically acclaimed films of 2014 were "Boyhood," "Mr. Turner," "Leviathan," "Ida" and "Big Men." More favorites were "The Overnighters," "Two Days, One Night," "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya," "National Gallery" and "Selma."
2014 was widely regarded as one of the better years in modern cinematic history, with famed filmmakers such as Richard Linklater, Damien Chazelle, Jean-Luc Godard, Christopher Nolan and Wes Anderson releasing new works. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Paul Thomas Anderson and David Fincher also contributed memorable films.
"Boyhood" was the subject of much acclaim in the blogosphere, with many declaring it one of the finest movies of the decade. Former "At the Movies" host Richard Roeper referred to it as one of his all-time favorite movies. The movie was originally considered the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards, although that prize ultimately ended up going to "Birdman." The Oscar for Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," while Best Actress went to Julianne Moore in "Still Alice." Best Supporting Actor went to J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash," and Best Supporting Actress went to Patricia Arquette in "Boyhood." The screenwriting Oscars for 2014 went to "Birdman" and "The Imitation Game." Best Original Score was claimed by "The Grand Budapest Hotel."