Views from the Sofa Awards – 2015

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Today is the third anniversary of Views of the Sofa and to commemorate the birthday of the blog, I take a look back at the previous year in film with my Views from the Sofa Awards.

These awards are slightly different because it’s based on every and any film I watched last year. Not just movies released in 2014 but any movie I managed to watch. Re-Views don’t count but it means that the second Hobbit and third are both up against each other or the original Planet of the Apes up against the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

I’ll explain each choice and of course feel free to argue your point or praise my ingenious insight! (yeah… right)

Best Actor 2014

Nominees: Martin Freeman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Roberto Benigni, Andy Serkis, Robin Williams

Winner: Jake Gyllenhaal

I watched two movies of Jake Gyllenhaal’s this year where he put on great performances. Zodiac demonstrated why he is such a solid “go to” actor but Nightcrawler was the best performance I watched this year. It was transformative, spellbinding and kept your attention throughout.

Best Actress 2014

Nominees: Mia Farrow, Helen Hunt, Scarlet Johansson, Rosamund Pike, Jennifer Lawrence

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence

This was difficult because I didn’t watch any movies where actresses gave stellar, stand-out performances. I made the decision based on impact in the movies and Jennifer Lawrence has won it this year for Hunger Games and the X-Men movies. She manages to hold the first franchise well and made herself an integral part of the second.

Best Director 2014

Nominees: Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Roberto Benigni, Peter Jackson, Gareth Edwards

Winner: David Fincher

I watched two great David Fincher movies this year. Zodiac took a pretty average, dull story but added great actors and a fantastic approach to keep it interesting, while Gone Girl did something unique with a hard book to adapt. Fincher also delivered one of the best films of the year with Gone Girl, which was difficult in a great year for movies.

Best Film released in 2014

Nominees: Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Nightcrawler, Paddington.

Winner: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This is the one that will surprise and annoy people. The reason I loved this movie is because it was such a departure not just from the original Captain America movie but from the wider Marvel Universe. It actually changed things and has some wider impact on my favourite franchise in cinema today.

Best Film watched in 2014

Nominees: Life is Beautiful, Goodfellas, Mrs Doubtfire, Speed, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winner: Life is Beautiful

This movie had a huge impact on me. I was blown away by its approach to a very difficult subject and while the other movies in the nominees are classics or favourite films of mine, this one was brand new to me this year and jumped into my favourite films list. I haven’t been so moved by a movie and it won by a huge margin compared to the others.

Worst Filmed watched in 2014

Nominees: M*A*S*H, I’m Still Here, The Little Mermaid, The Happening, The Frighteners

Winner: The Happening

This was a close run between The Happening and I’m Still Here but the former takes it because it was written badly, acted badly and actually had some potential for the first few minutes. Beyond that, I’m not even sure what M Night Shyamalan was trying to achieve or even thinking!

Overall, this is my year in film. I know for a fact that there is at least one choice that will annoy people but I stand by my choices. If you agree, disagree or want to offer other films I need to see, then let me know in the comments below.

Here’s to another year a good 2015!

It’s going to be an amazing year for movies!



5 thoughts on “Views from the Sofa Awards – 2015

  1. Nice List! I need to see Nightcrawler and Gone Girl-Also nice choice on The Winter Soldier, but I also think Snowpiercer is a total contender with Chris Evans! And of course The Happening…uggh…what a terrible movie! M knight has a new one coming out that looks promising though called Sundowning or it may be called the Visit now-you heard of it?

    1. I haven’t heard of the new Shyamalan one. I’m always interested because I love Unbreakable and Sixth Sense.

      Also really want to see Snowpiercer but not sure it’s been released in the UK. If it has, must be dvd only? I’m gonna give it a look though.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. OK, time out. The Little Mermaid was a consideration for one of the worst films you saw last year?? Aww, I thought it was such a classic kids’ movie . . .

    I’ve been wanting to see Life Is Beautiful. Sounds like it was totally worth it!

    I also thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier was very good!

    1. My girlfriend. Was so mad when she saw that too! In my defence, the Little Mermaid wasn’t the worst movie I saw and it was actually a decent year for films which is why it ended up down there.

      Glad Captain America 2 has some fans as well!

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