Best of 2014

20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth


20,000 Days on Earth

The Theory of Everything

Male Lead:
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

David Oyelowo – Selma

Nicholas Cage – Joe
Tom Hardy – Locke
Benedict Cumberbtach – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – Grand Hotel Budapest

Female Lead:
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Male Support:
Tim Roth – Selma
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Tom Wilkinson – Selma

Female Support:
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Sienna Miller – American Sniper

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth

Christopher Nolan – Interstellar
Pawel Pawlikoski – Ida
Paul King – Paddington
Yann Demange- ’71

Paul Webb – Selma
Paul King – Paddington
Wes Anderson – Grand Hotel Budapest
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

Production Design:
Grand Hotel Budapest

Visual FX:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Michael Franti & dancer

Michael Franti & dancer

(John Newman – Love Me Again)

Morning Phase – Beck
Tribute – John Newman

With The Artists – Rhythm & Sound
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter
(WomanChild -Cecile McLorin Salvant)

Van Morrison on launch night of Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Islington Assembly Hall (with D)

John Newman – Empire Shepherd’s Bush
ABC – Lexicon of Love – Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Peter Gabriel – So – Wembley Arena

A Taste of Honey – Shelagh Delaney – National Theatre, Lyttleton

Fiesta – adapted & directed by Alex Helfrecht – Trafalgar Studios
Oh What a Lovely War – Joan Littlewood & the Theatre Workshop – Theatre Royal Stratford East (Joan Littlewood centenary – with D)
Fings Ain’t Wot They Used to Be – Frank Norman – Theatre Royal Stratford East

Art Exhibition:
Egon Schiele drawings: The Radical Nude – Courtauld

John Craxton – Fitzwilliam, Cambridge
Richard Hamilton – Tate Modern
Abram Games: designing the 20th Century – Jewish Museum, Camden Town
MALBA – Buenos Aires
Museum der bildenden Kunste – Leipzig (with N)

Book: (that I read this year)
Rabbit at Rest – John Updike

Germany crushing Brazil at the World Cup (7-1 semi-final)

Jonny May’s try for England against the All Blacks at Twickenham

Philae probe from European spacecraft Rosetta landing on a comet

Dearly departed:

Joe Cocker
Jack Bruce
Tommy Ramone

Egon Schiele - The Radical Nude

Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude

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9 comments so far

  1. theluckhabit on

    Music/albums – (limiting myself to 5 albums) – Donato Dozzy: K, Beck: Morning Phase, Damian Jurado: Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun, Todd Terje: It’s Album Time, Mac DeMarco: Salad Days.

    Music/singles – Gil DeRay/FeedbacK Jack: All Out To Get You, Little Barrie: Eyes Were Young.

    Music/live – Little Barrie: Southampton, June.

    Music/classics I only heard for the first time this year – Aaron Neville: Tell it Like it is, The Ronettes: Do I Love You

    Film – Boyhood

    Book – Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens

    Sport/games – James Wade and Robert Thornton producing ‘double in’ 9-dart finishes in the same match.

    Passing – Bobby Womack, Kenny Wheeler and Joe Cocker for that one moment.

    Country visited – Kyrgyzstan

  2. ArkAngel on

    Great list as always, food for thought and follow-up. Have added a Book and Passing section to match.

  3. theluckhabit on

    I am convinced that you will like Damian Jurado. His last two albums (on this and last year’s best of lists) are outstanding and I think your thing.

    • ArkAngel on

      I started with Silver Timothy – not sure… What’s best album to start with?

  4. theluckhabit on

    Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun and Maraqopa. Both outstanding,

  5. theluckhabit on

    I would like to add the Hozier album to this list. I came to it late but ‘Take Me To Church’ (especially), From Eden and Work Song are superb.

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