#FilmNominations2014 : Best Comedy


2014 was a good year for funny movies, covering a wide range that went from indie smashes such as Jenny Slate’s abortion-themed ‘Obvious Child’ or ‘Chef’’s culinary delights, to multiplex successes of the calibre of ‘Bad Neighbours’ and its young family clashing with frat boys arriving next door antics or Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill’s hilarious return as undercover cops in the bromance of the summer, 22 Jump Street.

Romantic comedy merged with musical in ‘Begin Again’, where Mark Ruffalo helped the singing career of Keira Knightley, paired for the occasion with Maroon 5’s heartthrob Adam Levine; and in ‘God Help The Girl’, the Glaswegian band Belle & Sebastian’s long awaited movie, were released back-to-back with Crowd-pleasing world movies such as India’s romance ‘The Lunchbox”, depicting the well-established tradition of lunch delivery men, whose accidental mistake ignites the flame of passion in a bored wife and Laos’ ‘The Rocket’, using heart-warming humor to deal with the thorny subject of landmines left after the war in the Asian country.

Accomplished micro budget UK works such as ‘Gone Too far’, playfully toying with African immigrant communities and Estate-living stereotypes, next to big projects with such all family appeal as ‘Paddington’ and the (unfairly) tepidly received ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ helped maintaining a constant supply of laughter in our cinemas throughout the year.

But above all of them, our shortlist of favourite comedies features the feel-good movie of the year, ‘Pride’ , set in Thatcher’s England and based on the real story of a group of Gay and Lesbian activists joining forces with Welsh miners to confront their respective attacks from the conservative society and government of the times; Wes Anderson’s masterpiece ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ with its old-fashioned, slapstick-infused comic strip story lines and Russian dolls structured screenplay; The endlessly inventive animation of ‘The Lego Movie’ and its powerful message embracing what makes everyone different and unique in a world that tends to makes us all homogeneous; the delights of Swedish teen rebellion ‘We Are The Best!”, in which Lukas Moodysson returns to the top comic form of such former classics as ‘Together’ with the story of a trio of teen girls forming a punk band; Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi’s mockumentary ‘What We Are In The Shadows’, exposing the problems vampires face in contemporary society with hilarious wit; and the in equal parts refreshing and corrosive ‘Wild Tales’, Argentinean helmer Damieán Szifrón’s darkly comic Cannes sensation elaborating on the “What if” thoughts that cross our minds in extreme situations with spectacular results.

Check the trailers for all nominees below and vote for your favourites here

PRIDE (Matthew Warchus)


THE LEGO MOVIE (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)

WE ARE THE BEST! (Lukas Moodysson)

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)

WILD TALES (Damián Szifrón)

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