#FilmNominations2014 : Best British Picture

20,000 Days on Earth

2014 has been hailed as a terrific year for British Cinema, crowned by the independent, creative success stories of titles such as the tense prison drama ‘Starred Up’; the doppelganger in a dystopian future of ‘The Double’; The gripping Ulster-set thriller ’71’; or the tradition of impeccably executed period dramas carried on with the likes of ‘Belle’ and ‘Testament of Youth’, plus a number of massive crowd-pleasers such as the Oscar hopeful ‘The Imitation Game’ and the all family appeal of Paddington’s winning adaptation. A range as diverse as it was well received.

All of those titles could have been worthy contenders for the heavily disputed Best British film of the year title, and some of them have been nominated for the Rober in other categories, but the fact the following seven prevented them from getting shortlisted is an indicator of the quality of this year’s Brit crop. The actual nominees are the innovative Nick Cave documentary “20,000 Days On Earth”; the dark tale of Irish priest facing a death threat in confession from a victim of child-abuse, ‘Calvary’; the Frank Sidebottom-inspired bonkers story of indie rock and depression, ‘Frank’; the Tom Hardy one-man show in ‘Locke’; Mike Leigh’s superb recreation of the life and world of great painter “Mr. Turner’; a heart-warming account of the odd collaboration between gay activists and Welsh Minors, trying to fight Thatcher’s destructive politics in ‘Pride’; and the uniquely distressing ‘last temptation of the alien invader’ of ‘Under The Skin’.

Check all nominees’ trailers below and vote for your favorite here.

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH (Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard)

CALVARY (John Michael McDonagh)

FRANK (Lenny Abrahamson)

LOCKE (Steven Knight)

MR. TURNER (Mike Leigh)

PRIDE (Matthew Warchus)

UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer)

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