Boston Online Critics name Snowpiercer the best film of 2014

Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer.

The critics awards continue to be handed out in the lead up to the Golden Globes, with the Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) handing out their honours. In a rather excellent and surprising move, given how little distributor The Weinstein Company has pushed the film in regards to awards consideration, they’ve given the Best Picture and Supporting Actress honours to South Korean production Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon-ho, with the second gong going to Tilda Swinton.

What’s Snowpiercer, you ask? In the dystopian future, where the whole world has frozen and the remaining population has been confined to living in a train that makes one full circuit of Earth each year. It’s a “what if the world world was in a village?” situation, where those at the ‘bottom’ of society that reside in the slum-like tail of the train revolt, trying to get to the front. The cast includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, and Alison Pill. The film is like a shot of adrenaline, a thrill ride that makes you want to stand up on your chair and cheer, jumping around with how much energy there is. If you missed it in cinemas (despite doing quite well in the US, also breaking VOD records, and breaking box office records in South Korea, it got a VERY limited release in Australia back in August), it’s available on DVD and Netflix now. I urge you to check it out, it’s a sure-fire addition to my year end rankings. The rest of the winners, which are markedly different to those from other awards so far, are as follows:

Best Picture Snowpiercer

Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Actor Brendan Gleeson, Calvary

Best Actress Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton, Birdman

Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Best Screenplay John Michael Mcdonagh, Calvary

Best Foreign Language Film Two Days One Night

Best Documentary Life Itself

Best Animated Film The Lego Movie

Best Cinematography Birdman

Best Editing James Herbert & Laura Jennings, Edge Of Tomorrow

Best Original Score Mica Levi, Under The Skin

The Ten Best Films Of The Year:
1. Snowpiercer
2. Under The Skin
3. Boyhood
4. Only Lovers Left Alive
5. The Babadook
6. Two Days One Night
7. Birdman
8. Calvary
9. Inherent Vice
10. Selma



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