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 NeighborsAll 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 StreetLike 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 GirlGone 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.”
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Most Wooden Performance (In a Good Way): Vin Diesel in Guardians of the GalaxyThe 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 PastYou 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
With all due respect to Cee Lo Green (who played the hilariously-named rapper Troublegum in the musical rom-com), his co-star was just slightly more believable as a douchey singer-songwriter who breaks his leading lady’s heart (played by Keira Knightley) after he makes it in the big time.
The Rom-Com Leading Lady We’ve All Been Waiting For: Jenny Slate in Obvious ChildLook out, Kate Hudson, Rachel McAdams, and Cameron Diaz, there’s a new rom-com queen in town and she’s bringing some much-needed humor and realness to the genre. Obvious Child was so so much more than just “the abortion movie” and that was thanks largely in part to the equal-parts hilarious and heartfelt performance from the former SNL star.
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Best Musical Performance in a Non-Musical: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins
2014 gave us plenty of memorable movie musicals, from Into the Woods to Annie, but the best musical moment this year wasn’t from a musical at all. In fact, it was a lip-syncing duet from two former Saturday Night Live stars in the bittersweet indie family dramedy The Skeleton Twins. Seriously, Wiig and Hader mouthing the words to the epic Starship ballad “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” was more soaring and infectious than most show-stopping Broadway-worthy productions.
The “Emily Blunt Should Be in Everything” Award: Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods (tie)Granted, this is an award that should be given out just about every year, but 2014 was just another reminder of that thanks to her turns in both an action sci-fi adventure and the adaptation of a beloved musical. She can seriously do everything, including going from the “Full Metal Bitch” to The Baker’s Wife in the span of just a few months.
The, “Whoa, Keanu” Lifetime Achievement Award: Keanu Reeves in John WickIt’s been a few years since Reeves has had a decent movie — let alone one that’s a financial and critical hit — but he made it worth our while with the unexpectedly awesome John Wick. The actor turned 50-years-old this year (whoa) and the butt-kicking John Wick showcased that not only does he still have it, but the best might be yet to come.
Movie Mom of the Year: Laura Dern in Wild and The Fault in Our Stars (tie)Dern pulled double-duty in two three-hankie dramas this year, Wild and The Fault in Our Stars, playing the mother of Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, respectively. In Wild, Dern played an ailing single mother who imparts love, support, and wisdom on her daughter, and in TFIOS she played the mother of an ailing daughter whom she imparts love, support, and wisdom on. Both performances made us cry for our own moms, or at the very least made us wish Dern was our own mama.
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