Best Screenplay, 2014

Rules and Regulations


1. The Grand Budapest Hotel [story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, screenplay by Anderson, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig] (176 points / 25 votes)

M. Gustave and Zero look at each other from opposite sides of the partition. M. Gustave's face is covered in bruises.

What happened?

What happened, my dear Zero, is I beat the living shit out of a sniveling little runt called Pinky Bandinski, who had the gall to question my virility. Because, if there's one thing we've learned from penny dreadfuls, it's that when you find yourself in a place like this, you must never be a candy ass; you've got to prove yourself from day one. You've got to win their respect. You should take a long look at HIS ugly mug this morning.

M. Gustave takes a sip of water and laughs.

He's actually become a dear friend.

2. Inherent Vice [screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon] (140/21)

3. Boyhood [written by Richard Linklater] (77/12)

4. Listen Up Philip [written by Alex Ross Perry] (75/13)

5. Gone Girl [screenplay by Gillian Flynn, based on her novel] (71/12)

6. Nightcrawler [Dan Gilroy] (55/9)

7. Calvary [John Michael McDonagh] (46/7)

8. The Immigrant [James Gray and Ric Menello] (43/7)

9. Selma [Paul Webb and Ava DuVernay] (40/7)

10. Two Days, One Night [Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne] (39/6)

11. Blue Ruin [Jeremy Saulnier] (35/5)

12. Dear White People [Justin Simien] (31/6)

13. A Most Violent Year [J.C. Chandor] (31/5)

14. Birdman [Alejandro G. Iņarritu & Nicolas Giacobone & Alexander Dinelaris Jr. & Armando Bo] (30/5)

15. Only Lovers Left Alive [Jim Jarmusch] (28/5)

16. Whiplash [Damien Chazelle] (27/5)

17. Force Majeure [Ruben Östlund] (25/5)

18. Coherence [James Ward Byrkit, Alex Manugian] (24/4)

19 (tie). The Babadook [Jennifer Kent] (23/4)

19 (tie). Ida [Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz] (23/4)

19 (tie). Locke [Steven Knight] (23/4)

19 (tie). We Are the Best! [Lukas Moodysson, Coco Moodysson] (23/4)

23. Leviathan [Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev] (21/3)

24. Wild [Nick Hornby] (20/4]

25. Edge of Tomorrow [Christopher McQuarrie and Jez & John-Henry Butterworth] (19/4)

26. Obvious Child [Gillian Robespierre, Karen Maine, Elisabeth Holm, Anna Bean] (18/4)

27. Interstellar [Christopher and Jonathan Nolan] (17/3)

28. Venus in Fur [Roman Polanski & David Ives] (16/3)

29. Love Is Strange [Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias] (15/3)

30. Mr. Turner [Mike Leigh] (15/2)

31. Winter Sleep [Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan] (14/2)

32. Jealousy [Marc Cholodenko, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann] (12/2)

33 (tie). Norte, the End of History [Rody Vera, Lav Diaz, Michiko Yamamoto, Raymond Lee] (11/2)

33 (tie). The Tale of the Princess Kayuga [Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi] (11/2)

33 (tie). The Trip to Italy [Michael Winterbottom] (11/2)

36. Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 [Lars von Trier] (10/2)

37 (tie). The LEGO Movie [Phil Lord & Chris Miller] (8/2)

37 (tie). Under the Skin [Walter Campbell & Jonathan Glazer] (8/2)

The following films received one vote apiece:

Abuse of Weakness

American Sniper

Begin Again

Beyond the Lights

Bird People

Cheap Thrills

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2

The Double


The Fault in Our Stars

The Imitation Game

John Wick

Land Ho!

Magic in the Moonlight

Night Moves


The One I Love



A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

The Strange Little Cat

Stranger By the Lake