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Under the Skin

There she goes; Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’

Since Monday‘s opening round of top tens, awards nominations and the like, capped later that night by the Gotham Awards, Little White Lies editor-at-large David Ehrlich has given us the first thrilling 2014 supercut, a countdown of 25 of the year’s best. “As always,” he writes, “this was both a blast to cut together and also just an unspeakably catastrophic waste of time.” Not at all. I’ve embedded it below; watch, and then we’ll move on to today’s lists and awards.

I’ve updated the entry on the Sight & Sound poll with the newly announced readers‘ top ten. They knock the critics’ #1, Boyhood, down to #2 and replace it with Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin.

The National Board of Review, an “organization of 126 New York film fans,” as Variety describes it, has surprised more than a few with its choices this year:

Click here to see the NBR’s lists of its top ten films, top five foreign language films, top five docs and top ten independent films.

As Anne Thompson reports, after a preliminary round of voting, the Academy now has a shortlist of fifteen films eligible for nomination in Oscar’s Documentary Feature category:

Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2015, selecting cinematic storytellers who hail from corners as far removed as Australia and Argentina, representing a diverse mix of genres and visions, but all of whom are expected to go on to great things in Hollywood and abroad.” And they are:

“The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts unveiled its nominees for Oz’s equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy today with sci-fi thriller Predestination leading the pack of feature films at nine mentions,” reports Nancy Tartaglione for Deadline. “That group also includes Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, which scored eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nods is David Michôd’s The Rover which will vie in the directing category as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson…. The Babadook; Rolf de Heer’s Foreign Language Oscar entry, Charlie’s Country; Colin Firth/Nicole Kidman-starrer The Railway Man; and John Curran’s Tracks also received multiple mentions.”

Empire‘s best-of-2014 list goes to 50. Here are the top ten:

  1. Boyhood.
  2. Nightcrawler.
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street.
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis.
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy.
  6. Edge of Tomorrow.
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  8. What We Do in the Shadows.
  9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  10. Her.

TIFF’s announced the lineup for its 14th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

Guardian countdown, Day 2. Catherine Shoard on #9, Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Playlist writes up—and samples—the “15 Best Film Scores Of 2014.”

Best albums: Gorilla vs. Bear, NME, Paste, Rolling Stone and Stereogum.

The New York Times has published its list of the “100 Notable Books of 2014.”

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