What an extraordinary year! These are the movies/performances to check out (listed in alphabetical order) -- but make your own decision about which you think is the best.


"12 Years a Slave"

"American Hustle"

"Before Midnight"

"Blue Jasmine"

"Captain Phillips"



"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Kings of Summer"

"Lee Daniels' The Butler"


"Saving Mr. Banks"


Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine"

Joel and Ethan Coen for "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity"

Lee Daniels for "Lee Daniels: The Butler"

Paul Greengrass for "Captain Phillips"

John Lee Hancock for "Saving Mr. Banks"

Spike Jonze for "Her"

Richard Linklater for "Before Midnight"

Steve McQueen for "12 Years a Slave"

Alexander Payne for "Nebraska"

David O. Russell for "American Hustle"

John Vogt-Roberts for "Kings of Summer"


Christian Bale in "American Hustle"

Bruce Dern in "Nebraska"

Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years as a Slave"

Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips"

Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"

Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"

Robert Redford in "All is Lost"

Forest Whitaker in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"


Amy Adams in "American Hustle"

Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

Julie Delpy in "Before Midnight"

Judi Dench in "Philomena"

Adele Exarchopoulos in "Blue Is the Warmest Color"

Felicity Jones in "The Invisible Woman"

Brie Larson in "Short Term 12"

Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County"

Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks"


Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips"

Daniel Bruhl in "Rush"

Bradley Cooper in "American Hustle"

Chris Cooper in "August: Osage County"

Michael Fassbender in " 12 Years a Slave"

James Gandolfini in "Enough Said"

Harrison Ford in "42"

Tom Hanks in "Saving Mr. Banks"

Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"

Matthew McConaughey in "Mud"


Amy Adams in "Her"

Sally Hawkins in "Blue Jasmine"

Scarlett Johansson in "Her" (vocal)

Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle"

Margo Martindale in "August: Osage County"

Lupita Nyongo'o in "12 Years a Slave"

Julia Roberts in "August: Osage County"

Octavia Spencer in "Fruitvale Station"

June Squibb in "Nebraska"

Oprah Winfrey in "The Butler"

- BEST SCREENPLAYS (adapted and original)

Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine"

Joel & Ethan Coen for "Inside Llweyn Davis"

Alfonso and Juan Cuaron for "Gravity"

Chris Galletta for "Kings of Summer"

Spike Jonze for "Her"

Richard Linklater for "Before Midnight"

Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith for "Saving Mr. Banks"

Steve McQueen and John Ridley for "12 Years a Slave"

Bob Nelson for "Nebraska"

Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan for "Philomena"

Billy Ray for "Captain Phillips"

David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer for "American Hustle"



"56 Up"

"No Place on Earth"

"Stories We Tell"

"Tim's Vermeer"

"20 Feet from Stardom"


"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2"

"The Croods"

"Despicable Me 2"

"Frozen" -- with Best Original Song: "Let It Go"

"Monster's University"


"The Wind Rises"


"Blue is the Warmest Color"

"The Great Beauty"

"The Hunt"

"The Past"

"The Patience Stone"

"The Silence"


Matthew McConaughey in "Mud," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Wolf of Wall Street"

For Susan Granger's reviews, visit www.susangranger.com