Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 2014

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20th Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
Date December 15, 2014 (2014-12-15)
Location Dallas, Texas
Country United States
Presented by Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Website dfwcritics.com

The 20th Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards honoring the best in film for 2014 were announced on December 15, 2014. These awards "recognizing extraordinary accomplishment in film" are presented annually by the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA), based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex region of Texas.[1] The organization, founded in 1990, includes 30 film critics for print, radio, television, and internet publications based in north Texas,[2] the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association began presenting its annual awards list in 1993.[2]

Birdman was the DFWFCA's most awarded film of 2014, taking five top honors. Birdman won in Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), and Best Screenplay (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo).[3]

Another film, Boyhood, earned multiple 2014 honors from the DFWFCA,[4] the coming-of-age tale received top honors in the Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) as well as being presented the Russell Smith Award as the "best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film" of the year.[3][4] The award is named in honor of late Dallas Morning News film critic Russell Smith. Reese Witherspoon was named Best Actress for her role as Cheryl Strayed in Wild.[4] The other films earning honors were Sweden's Force Majeure for Best Foreign Language Film, Citizenfour as Best Documentary Film, and The Lego Movie for Best Animated Film.[3]

Winners and runners-up[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface. Other films ranked by the annual poll are listed in order. While most categories saw 5 honorees named, categories ranged from as many as 10 (Best Film) to as few as 2 (Best Cinematography, Best Animated Film, Best Screenplay) plus the Best Musical Score category having only the winner announced.[5]

Category awards[edit]

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Director winner
A man wearing a white shirt underneath a beige coat at a conference.
Michael Keaton, Best Actor winner
A smiling blonde-haired woman wearing polka dot black and white blouse
Reese Witherspoon, Best Actress winner
A man seen wearing a black suit and a black tie with white polka dots.
J. K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor winner
A woman seen wearing a red dress.
Patricia Arquette, Best Supporting Actress winner
Best Picture Best Foreign Language Film
  1. Birdman
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Imitation Game
  4. The Theory of Everything
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. Whiplash
  7. Gone Girl
  8. Selma
  9. Wild
  10. Nightcrawler
  1. Force MajeureSweden
  2. IdaPoland/Denmark
  3. Winter SleepTurkey
  4. LeviathanRussia
  5. Wild TalesArgentina
Best Actor Best Actress
  1. Michael Keaton - Birdman as Riggan Thomson
  2. Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking
  3. Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game as Alan Turing
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler as Louis "Lou" Bloom
  5. Timothy Spall - Mr. Turner as J. M. W. Turner
  1. Reese Witherspoon - Wild as Cheryl Strayed
  2. Julianne Moore - Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
  3. Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl as Amy Elliott-Dunne
  4. Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything as Jane Wilde Hawking
  5. Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night as Sandra Bya
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
  1. J. K. Simmons - Whiplash as Terence Fletcher
  2. Edward Norton - Birdman as Mike Shiner
  3. Ethan Hawke - Boyhood as Mason Evans, Sr.
  4. Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher as Dave Schultz
  5. Alfred Molina - Love Is Strange as George
  1. Patricia Arquette - Boyhood as Olivia Evans
  2. Emma Stone - Birdman as Sam Thomson
  3. Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
  4. Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year as Anna Morales
  5. Laura Dern - Wild as Barbara "Bobbi" Grey
Best Director Best Documentary Film
  1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman
  2. Richard Linklater - Boyhood
  3. Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. David Fincher - Gone Girl
  5. Ava DuVernay - Selma
  1. Citizenfour
  2. Life Itself
  3. Jodorowsky's Dune
  4. The Overnighters
  5. The Great Invisible
Best Animated Film Best Cinematography
  1. The Lego Movie
  2. Big Hero 6
  1. Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
  2. Hoyte van Hoytema - Interstellar
Best Screenplay Best Musical Score
  1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo - Birdman
  2. Richard Linklater - Boyhood
  1. Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Individual awards[edit]

Russell Smith Award[edit]

  • Boyhood, for "best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film"[4]


  1. ^ "Membership Requirements". Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Home page". Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Adams, Ryan (December 15, 2014). "Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics". Awards Daily. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Patches, Matt (December 15, 2014). "Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association winners include 'Birdman' as best film of 2014". HitFix. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Whale, Chase (December 15, 2014). "DFW Film Critics name "Birdman" as top film of 2014". Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Retrieved December 17, 2014.