Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Tops Sight & Sound’s 2014 Best Films list

b42cc340-cc96-11e3-8c33-07445b2e2595_boyhood-mainI know a fair amount of you look forward to the release of the Sight & Sound list each year, so I’m glad to be of service in that regard here on Black Friday. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this particular pseudo precursor, it’s essentially a look from abroad at what the best in film was for a given year. Since it’s going by international release dates, sometimes a film from the year prior slips in, which we have here with Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street just missing the top ten (it was one of the many tied for number 11, so it basically did). Topping the list though, perhaps a bit surprisingly, was Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, beating out Goodbye to Language, Horse Money, Leviathan, and Under the Skin (which I think will show up more this season than some expect it to) among the top five. Other Oscar contenders among the top 20 from this group are Birdman, Citizenfour, Mr. Turner, Two Days, One Night, and Whiplash. You can see the full list below, and stay tuned for the precursors to begin coming in hot and heavy, starting next week.

Here’s the list:

Sight & Sound’s Top 20 Films Of 2014

1. Boyhood
2. Goodbye To Language 3D
3. Leviathan (tie)
3. Horse Money (tie)
5. Under The Skin
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. Winter Sleep
8. The Tribe
9. Ida (tie)
9. Jauja (tie)
11. Mr. Turner (tie)
11. National Gallery (tie)
11. The Wolf Of Wall Street (tie)
11. Whiplash (tie)
15. The Duke Of Burgundy
16. Birdman (tie)
16. Two Days, One Night (tie)
18. Citizenfour (tie)
18. The Look Of Silence (tie)
18. The Wind Rises (tie)

Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!