Is Edgar Wright psychic or does he just have a polished taste in films?
Esquire has officially announced it’s cutoff point for good movies this year by getting the ball rolling with end-of-year lists. These top 10’s are often a little time and memory-sensitive, giving a lot more attention to the more recent Oscar-friendly sweet-spot. So it’s a good thing they brought in a renowned nerd to get the countdown started: Mr Edgar Wright. Here’s his top 10 for 2014:
Edge of Tomorrow
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The LEGO Movie
Under the Skin
Granted there are a good few Oscar season entries here like Boyhood, Whiplash and Birdman. But it’s nice to see a few throwbacks to earlier 2014 success like Grand Budapest. Hey, remember when none of us could stop talking about The LEGO Movie? Ahh, heady days.
Well whether it was deliberate or not, Wright has more or less hit the nail on the head in terms of award hopefuls. Around the same time, the International Press Academy announced its nominations for the 19th annual Satellite Awards. There are 19 film categories along with 12 for TV, 2 for DVD’s and 4 for games. Here are the nominees for Best Picture – see if anything looks familiar:
Birdman Boyhood, Gone Girl, Love Is Strange Mr. Turner Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game The Theory of Everything Whiplash
Aside from a few more Oscar-friendly choices, Wright’s choice for the top 10 halfway towards perfect. No doubt some of his other choices will rear their heads in the yet-to-be-announced categories. It was a surprise to not see Interstellar on the list, but then Nolan films do have that tendency. Love Is Strange is probably the biggest surprise to appear on the list, despite being an unavoidably lovable film. Hopefully there’ll be a few more rugs pulled out from under us as more nominations come in, so we’ll keep you posted.
Oh, and you may be thinking that The LEGO Movie was hardly a contender for a nomination. But Edgar wasn’t totally off base as it got a nomination for the upcoming Annie Awards. So who looks silly now? Probably me again.
What do you think of the Satellite Awards nominations? Did any of your 2014 favourites miss out on a nomination?