The 2014 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

December 15, 2014

The Detroit Film Critics Society is proud to announce their Best of 2014 nominees and winners in ten categories. The society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of eighteen Michigan film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan.

BoyhoodEach critic submitted their top five picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough Performance, Best Screenplay, and Best Documentary. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top five in each category were placed on the final ballot. The final ballots were then given to each critic to rank in order and the final results were tabulated in the same way.

This year, we had a three-way tie in the category of Best Ensemble with Birdman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Grand Budapest Hotel all ending up with the same point value. Boyhood was the top winner in four categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay. Birdman and Whiplash took two awards each.


The Best of 2014
as picked by the Detroit Film Critics Society
(nominees are listed in alphabetical order)


  • Winner: Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Under the Skin
  • Whiplash


  • Winner: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
  • Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
  • Ajejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman


  • Winner: Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Brendan Gleeson, Calvary
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • Tom Hardy, Locke
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything


  • Winner: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Essie Davis, The Babadook
  • Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild


  • Winner: JK Simmons, Whiplash
  • Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher


  • Winner: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, Wild
  • Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer


  • Winner: Birdman
  • Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Boyhood
  • Into the Woods


  • Winner: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash (director, screenplay)
  • Jennifer Kent, The Babadook (director, screenplay)
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle, Beyond the Lights (actress)
  • Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy (actor)
  • Dan Stevens, The Guest (actor)


  • Winner: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
  • Nicolas Giacobone and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
  • John Michael McDonagh, Calvary


  • Winner: CitizenFour
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune
  • Keep On Keepin’ On
  • Life Itself