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The biggest winners and losers of film in 2014

Posted at 6:30 pm, December 26, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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From an ape with an Uzi to a girlfriend in a coma and an absence of Gos, what was hot in film this year, and what was not?

A GOOD YEAR FOR

Matthew McConaughey

The McConaissance. Or McConaughey 2.0. Whatever you want to call it, 2014 was the year that the Texan won back his credibility (and an Oscar) with ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Interstellar’.

Artsy Londoners

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Timothy Spall played ‘Mr Turner’, the National Gallery got its own doc and Turner-nominated artist Liam Gillick starred in Joanna Hogg’s ‘Exhibition’.

Tweedy British geniuses 

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Cumbers played Alan Turing. Eddie Redmayne is Stephen Hawking. A best-of-three at conkers will decide who wins Best Actor at the Oscars.

Teenagers

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We watched Ellar Coltrane grow up in ‘Boyhood’, punk girls kick off in ‘We Are the Best!’ and Katniss finally got that bloody revolution going.

Fur

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It was four legs good in ‘Paddington’, while ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ gave us an Uzi-wielding ape on horseback.

Wes Anderson

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Wes had his biggest hit ever with ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ starring Ralph Fiennes (a role originally intended for Johnny Depp – phew!).

A BAD YEAR FOR

Ryan Gosling

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He didn’t star in a single movie in 2014, but we still managed to get Gos fatigue. The premiere of his eagerly awaited directorial debut Lost River’ was met by jeers and booing at the Cannes Film Festival.

Old-school action men

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Arnie’s latest post-Governator comeback effort ‘Sabotage’ flopped as hard as the erectile-dysfunction party that was ‘The Expendables 3’.

Rich crooks

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Leonardo ended up in the slammer in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and that money-hoarding dragon Smaug took a roasting in the final ‘Hobbit’.

Teenagers

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What with tumours (‘The Fault in Our Stars’), mind-messing (‘Divergent’) and  comas (‘If I Stay’), Hollywood put teenagers through the wringer.

Skin

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Sex had a bummer of a year. Cameron Diaz couldn’t save ‘Sex Tape’ and Lindsay Lohan hit a new low in ‘The Canyons’.

Johnny Depp

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Can someone put Johnny out to pasture and save us from the guyliner, slurred speeches and dead-behind-the-eyes acting?

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