The 2014 SpearMynt Awards

Below are the final nominees for the SpearMynt Awards in all categories.

Best Song

  1. Like a Fool – Begin Again
  2. Lost Stars – Begin Again
  3. For the Dancing and the Dreaming – How to Train Your Dragon 2

Outstanding Visual Effects


  1. Interstellar
  2. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  4. RoboCop
  5. 300 Rise of an Empire

Oustanding Costumes


  1. Inherent Vice
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Get On Up
  4. Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Snowpiercer

Outstanding Makeup and Hair Styling

  1. Only Lovers Left Alive
  2. Snowpiercer
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Get On Up
  5. Mr. Turner

Outstanding Production Design

  1. Interstellar
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Nightcrawler

Outstanding Film Editing

  1. Whiplash
  2. Birdman
  3. A Most Wanted Man
  4. CitizenFour
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Boyhood
  7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  8. Fury
  9. Captain America The Winter Soldier
  10. Edge of Tomorrow

Oustanding Score 

  1. Mr. Turner
  2. Only Lovers Left Alive
  3. Whiplash
  4. Interstellar
  5. Gone Girl
  6. CitizenFour
  7. Birdman
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. A Most Violent Year
  10. How To Train Your Dragon 2

Outstanding Cinematography and Mise-en-Scene

Mr Turner

  1. Mr. Turner
  2. Interstellar
  3. Selma
  4. Birdman
  5. Nightcrawler
  6. Inherent Vice
  7. Only Lovers Left Alive
  8. Gone Girl
  9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  10. How to Train Your Dragon 2

Oustanding Sound Design

  1. Whiplash
  2. Interstellar
  3. Mr. Turner
  4. Inherent Vice
  5. Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. Selma
  7. Fury
  8. A Most Wanted Man
  9. Locke
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Outstanding Original Screenplay

  1. Whiplash
  2. Top Five
  3. Obvious Child
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. Dear White People

Outstanding Adapted Screenplay

  1. Gone Girl
  2. Inherent Vice
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. Pride
  5. The Imitation Game

Outstanding Documentary Feature


  1. CitizenFour
  2. Life Itself

Outstanding Animated Feature

  1. The LEGO Movie
  2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  3. Big Hero 6

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
  2. Tyler Perry – Gone Girl
  3. Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
  4. Chris Pine – Into the Woods
  5. David Gyasi – Interstellar
  6. Nelsan Ellis – Get On Up
  7. David Oyelowo – A Most Violent Year
  8. Dominic West – Pride
  9. John Hurt – Only Lovers Left Alive
  10. Edward Norton – Birdman

Oustanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Carrie Coon – Gone Girl
  2. Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
  3. Kiera Knightly – The Imitation Game
  4. Imelda Staunton – Pride
  5. Mia Wasikowska – Only Lovers Left Alive
  6. Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
  7. Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
  8. Carmen Ejogo – Selma
  9. Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer
  10. Mackenzie Davis – That Awkward Moment

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


  1. David Oyellowo – Selma
  2. Timothy Spall – Mr. Turner
  3. Oscar Isaac – A Most Violent Year
  4. Tom Hardy – Locke
  5. Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
  7. Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
  8. Ben Affleck – Gone Girl
  9. Chadwick Boseman – Get On Up
  10. Michael Keaton – Birdman

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


  1. Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
  2. Kiera Knightly – Begin Again
  3. Tessa Thompson – Dear White People
  4. Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive
  5. Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
  6. Eva Green – 300: Rise of an Empire
  7. Anne Hathaway – Interstellar
  8. Rosemarie DeWitt – Men, Women and Children
  9. Leighton Meester – Life Partners
  10. Shailene Woodley – The Fault in our Stars

Outstanding Direction of a Narrative Motion Picture

Only Lovers Left Alive

  1. Jim Jarmusch – Only Lovers Left Alive
  2. Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
  3. Ava Duvernay – Selma
  4. David Fincher – Gone Girl
  5. P.T. Anderson – Inherent Vice
  6. Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. Mike Leigh – Mr. Turner
  8. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
  9. J.C. Chandor – A Most Violent Year
  10. Lars Von Trier – Nymphomaniac

Outstanding Motion Picture

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  1. Whiplash
  2. Begin Again
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. Fury
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Selma
  7. Inherent Vice
  8. A Most Violent Year
  9. Mr. Turner
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Awards Stats

Most Nominations (Top Five + Picture)

Only Lovers Left Alive and Gone Girl with 8 nominations each

Most Acting Nominations

Gone Girl with 3

Best Film with no Top Five Nominations


Winners Breakdown

Whiplash – 5
Only Lovers Left Alive – 2
Gone Girl – 3
Mr. Turner – 2
Interstellar – 2
Selma – 1
The Lego Movie – 1
CitizenFour – 1
Inherent Vice – 1
Begin Again – 1


50 Shades of Complicated

Dear friends, I know that many of you respect my opinions on film and issues of social justice. I want to make clear that I saw this movie for the first time tonight and these are my immediate thoughts based on my reading of the film. I am more than willing to entertain arguments to the contrary but would ask that you keep discussion civil because of the specific nature of the topics at hand. In this post I’m going to be talking about issues concerning BDSM, rape culture, consent, romance, and representations in the following post and some of it might be triggering to you. Don’t read on if you don’t want to.

I have not read the 50 Shades trilogy. I am coming to this movie as fresh to the material as one can be given the promotions and campaigns. Thusly, in this post I am only discussing the film – not the merits or morality of the book on which it was based.

First I want to talk about the film cinematically, both because I can’t help but appreciate its technical qualities but also because they speak a lot to my reading of the film as a whole.

Continue reading “50 Shades of Complicated”

Sorry Folks

Election season just ended here at Laurier and I’m still in recovery mode so my oscar posts are going to be in catch up starting either Thursday or next Tuesday. Its complicated. I’m also starting to go through my music folders and organize everything so there will be some tangential posts about that coming the next few weeks.

For now, here is a beautiful song from Billy Joel`s first album

SpearMynt Award Nominations – Outstanding Visual Effects

There are 5 nominees for the SpearMynt Award for Outstanding Visual Effects

Film Review 300 Rise of An Empire

300: Rise of an Empire

I know this film rubbed some people the wrong way, but between the three gonzo performances and the beautiful visual style I was mesmerized. The way that everything is tainted and colour corrected gives the film a feeling of steam punk antiquity that I can’t help but fawn over.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I had my problems with this film and its reception but I can’t take away from how gorgeous the whole affair looks. The MoCap on its own would be worthy of a nomination but the way the filmmakers used CGI along with traditional production design to create the world of the Apes is what solidifies this as an achievement in Visual Effects.



A real contender for the win here, everything about this movie from the dust bowl effects to the interstellar imagery is gorgeous. Nolan and his effects team really put in the work to make this universe feel real and that’s all I can ask for.



A movie that a lot of people hated but I loved and a large part of my appreciation for the film is due to the effects. The way the different prosthesis in the film are created is very cool and intricate and the shot above is one of my favourite sequences of the whole year.

Transformers Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction

I am unapologetic in my love for this film and it is almost entirely because of the Dinobots. The visual animation of the transformers in this film is so superb that an almost 3 hour film felt like it was whizzing by the whole time. The highway chase and finale standout as two of the best VFX sequences of the year.

Runners Up:

6 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7 – Edge of Tomorrow

8 – Godzilla

9 – Fury

10 – Guardians of the Galaxy