|Jered Leto & Matthew McConnaughey|
Matthew McConnaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) Runners Up: Bruce Dern (Nebraska); Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks). Runners Up: Judy Dench (Philomena); Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Best Supporting Actor
Jered Leto (Dallas Buyers Club. Runner Up: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave); Runners Up: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle); June Squibb (Nebraska)
I See Fire - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- Nebraska: Remarkable film that will stay with you long after you leave the theater. Bruce Dern is wonderful as an old man determined to travel to Nebraska to claim a million dollar prize. The film is laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, filled with quirky characters and great performances, particularly June Squibb as Dern's wife. And the black and white cinematography of the great plains is breathtaking.
- Philomena : A gripping story that lives through the marvelous acting of Judy Dench, a bevy of other wonderful performances, and a well-crafted screenplay, In some scenes, Judy Dench tells so much without saying a word.
- American Hustle: Great story. Great cast. Great movie.
- Gravity: This is the most visually stunning movie of the
- Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConnaughey is simply riveting. So too is Jered Leto in one of the most amazing performances ever given in a supporting role.
- The Wolf of Wall Street: Vile. Vulgar. Rude. Profane. Funny. The story of Wall Street excess told to excess. Not for the faint of heart.
- Saving Mr. Banks: Most delightful movie of the year. How Emma Thompson was not even nominated for an Oscar is simply beyond comprehension. A wonderful touching movie about the quest to make Mary Poppins
- Fruitvale Station: Overlooked mid-summer movie of a true-life New Years Eve shooting. It deserved a lot more attention than it received.
- Rush: I'm a racing fan and this is by far the best auto racing movie ever made -- mostly because it is not so much about racing as it is about the two diametrically opposite drivers who fought for the 1977 Formula 1 world championship
- Captain Phillips: Really well-made movie. Tom Hanks is outstanding, as always. But it's the Somali pirate crew, and particularly its captain - all untried actors from Michigan - who made this movie work.
- Frozen: A surprise for me. Entertaining. Funny. Well-developed characters. Best animated movie of the year by far.
- The Way Way Back. A coming of age movie that raises itself above the rest of its type.
- Side Effects: Clever well-done modern suspense movie.
- 12 Years A Slave: Some great acting here, but have a feeling I've seen this movie before in various machinations. Seemed a bit pretentious. A bit stale. But the performance by Lupita Nyong'o is simply stunning.
- Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Gotta say, they are doing this series right.
- Mud: Another coming of age movie, but this one with a little darker tone. Again, Matthew McConnaughey is unforgettable as the off-kilter escaped convict known as Mud.
- Star Trek: Into Darkness: Speaking of doing things right, the Star Trek reboot has been hitting all notes right on pitch. The first in the reboot series was really good. This one is better.
- The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: The fifth Peter Jackson movie of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tales is well done, but getting a little tired. Still, the dragon Smaug was pretty impressive.
- Before Midnight: This is the third in series of movies following the smartest lovers on the screen since Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert shared a bus ride in In Happened One Night. Now they are married, with children, facing the realities of life.
- Despicable Me 2. Fun. Can't help but like this movie.
Best Documenary: Blackfish: Powerful story of Orcas, trainers, corporate greed and death.
Guilty Pleasure: The Lone Ranger: Okay, all the critics hated it. But I thought it was great summer fun. And Johnny Depp as Tonto was a hoot.
Worst Movie of the Year: All Is Lost : Yes, Robert Redford shows he is still a great actor. But what can you say about a movie that you can watch on fast forward and not only do you feel you didn't miss anything, but that it improved the movie.