11 Awesome Movie Performances That Won’t Win Awards This Year (But Totally Deserve To)

Aly Semigran

The 2015 awards season is upon us, and while excellent, deserving titles like Boyhood, Birdman, and Selma are poised to dominate all of the shows, we wanted to reward some of the films and performances that deserve love, too.

As we look back on the movies of 2014, we’re proud to announce the first-ever VH1 Celebie Awards, which reward the best of the rest.

Best Girl in the Boys’ Club: Rose Byrne in Neighbors

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All of the posters and previews for the riotous comedy Neighbors put the focus on Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Zac Efron’s abs, but the real star of the movie was Byrne. Rather than be relegated to the role of the nagging, no-fun wife that so often plagues male-driven comedies, Byrne played a cool, sexy, hilarious, and, most importantly, human mother and wife who could not only keep up with the boys, but ran circles around them.

Best Scene-Stealer: Jillian Bell in 22 Jump Street

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Like Byrne in Neighbors, Bell one-upped her movie’s leading men Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. But she didn’t just outshine Tatum and Hill, she stole the whole damn movie. From her hilarious, dry delivery of zingers hurled at Hill to their unforgettable hotel room brawl, she gave the sequel its biggest belly laughs and solidified her place as a rising comedy star.

Best Tyler Perry Comic Relief in a Non-Tyler Perry Movie: Tyler Perry in Gone Girl

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Gone Girl’s terrifying leading lady Rosamund Pike might get some Oscar love for her work in the movie (and rightly so), and moviegoers were buzzing over Ben Affleck’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it on-screen nudity, but Perry deserves a lot of credit for his work in the razor-sharp adaptation. Not only did he show off some major acting chops, but he added some much-needed comic relief to the dark thriller. While there are wicked one-liners in the movie, nothing tops Perry, as infamous lawyer Tanner Bolt, declaring, “You are the most fucked-up people I’ve ever met and deal with fucked-up people for a living.”

Still haven’t seen Gone Girl? Here’s everything else you need to know.

Most Wooden Performance (In a Good Way): Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy

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The summer of 2014 cinema will be remembered for one thing, and one thing only: Vin Diesel made us all fall in love with a tree. The action star uttered the three most wonderful words a person can hear, and made it sound wonderfully different every single time: “I. Am. Groot.” Whether you were shedding a tear for Diesel’s Groot or dancing in the aisles along with his Baby Groot, the actor did so much with so little.

The Sexiest Cast of 2014 Award: Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and more in X-Men: Days of Future Past

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You know how the Screen Actors Guild Awards rewards ensembles with the Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture, well that’s pretty much what this award is, but purely for all-around sexiness. It doesn’t hurt that the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past is talented and that they collectively made for one of the best superhero movies of the year, but it really doesn’t hurt that they are all so foiiiiine. A cast that includes the likes of Fassbender, Lawrence, McAvoy, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, and Peter Dinklage, among others, almost seems like too much of a good thing, but you didn’t hear us complaining.

Best Performance By a Coach From The Voice in Begin Again: Adam Levine in Begin Again

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