2014 has been an interesting year for the film industry and Hollywood. Compared to the line up we have for 2015, 2014 is (or was) somewhat lacking in scope, but nonetheless there were some great moments, events, franchises and cliff hangers that have left us wanting more from the big screen yet again. The highest grossing film was Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction which earned more than $1billion US dollars; proving cinema is well and truly alive and kicking, followed by Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s Maleficent.
Here to jog your memory is our list of Top 5 film moments of 2014!
#5 Our Aussie Girl
Rolling in at number five is Cate Blanchett’s long awaited Oscar win! Just like poor old Leo DiCaprio, Cate’s performances have left us in awe time and time again but with no avail, until now. Winning Best Actress in a Leading Role award for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, she has done her home country proud. With more and more Aussies taking over the silver screen and becoming household names, it’s important to remember the gem like Cate that got us there. Go Cate!
#4 That Selfie!
Coming in at number four on my list was the moment that Ellen De Generes brought Twitter to a hault with her spontaneous Oscar’s Selfie. Forget Kim Kardashian, Ellen broke the Internet first!
Since Billy Crystal’s golden years, most people wouldn’t be able to recall any great moments from an Oscar’s host…except for Ellen. Her brilliant idea to settle herself amongst the stars, take a selfie and upload it live to her Twitter account was one that delivered. Many stars jumped in for the photo; including Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Spacey; a group who later shared a pizza that Ellen ordered live on stage. That’s a whole lot of talent and dare I say money (almost $1 billion NET worth) in one photo.
Since then, friends around the globe have been trying to replicate the famous ‘famous people’ selfie!
The cold never bothered me anywayyyy….yes that’s right, the worldwide success of Disney’s Frozen has earned my number three spot! Technically released late 2013, I still consider it one of the year’s top moments in film as its release and success blew everyone away this year. Frozen has so far earned over $1 billion dollars worldwide, and is currently number 5 on the list of Highest-Grossing Films of all time.
The animated film, as well as its soundtrack, won several awards including an Academy Award. Frozen has entertained the young and old, and proving that Disney has entered a neo-renaissance. The song “Let it Go” was a chart topper, and put Broadway star Idina Menzel name (or as John Travolta would say, ‘Adele Dazeem’) in lights, along Elsa welcomed into the Disney Princess Hall of Fame.
#2 The loss of two greats
The deaths of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams this year had Hollywood in tears. The tragic loss of these two film icons touched fans globally, with News, Twitter and Facebook tributes lighting up our screens for weeks.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing at the beginning of the year was a shock to the film industry. Hoffman was much loved by both critics and filmgoers, and like Williams, he was known for his broad versatility and body of work. Hoffman earned an Academy Award for his performance as Truman Capote in Capote, and also received acclaim for his performances in Doubt, Boogie Nights, and Charlie Wilsons War. Hoffman appears in the latest installment of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 as Plutarch Heavensbee – filmed shortly before his death – starring alongside Julianne Moore again; the two first appeared together in Boogie Nights.
Similarly, later in the year, Robin Williams’ death left fans in disbelief. With his faultless talent for impersonations and ability to make anyone laugh, he has been remembered as one of comedy’s finest, as well as an acclaimed dramatic actor; winning an Academy Award for his performance in Good Will Hunting. With critically acclaimed roles in films like Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Jumanji, The Birdcage, and Mrs Doubtfire, Williams was a shining light in Hollywood.
The deaths of these two film greats has drawn some much needed attention to the tragedy of substance abuse, addiction, depression and suicide; illnesses not only prevalent in Hollywood but in our own communities.
#1 The McConaissance
Matthew McConaughey’s serious newfound talent for the job he always had! When he won the Academy Award for best actor for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, it spelled the end of everything we ever knew about our favourite cheesy rom-com Texan and paved the way for the ‘McConassaince’: an era of respect and accolade for Hollywood’s new favourite boy next door.
In addition to Dallas Buyers Club, this year McConaughey has received critical acclaim for his performances in the recent blockbuster Interstellar and TV mini-series True Detective, where he stared alongside Woody Harrelson. I highly recommend these as mandatory viewing before the years end: forget everything you’ve ever known about Matthew McConaughey and welcome the McConaissance!