Best and Worst in Film 2014

BEST ACTRESS

Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
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Reese Witherspoon has always been a great actress, with one Academy Award already on her mantle. The reason I had to give her Best Actress this year is because this was the first time I truly felt she disappeared into a role, even more so than June Carter. What’s even more impressive is she didn’t have the benefit of a ton of make up like a Jared Leto, or the significant weight loss of a Matthew McConaughey. She plays an average looking hiker who’s pretty damn angry with her life. It’s a simple story, and Witherspoon just runs with it. As gripping as her character is on screen, I was even more impressed with the delivery of her voiceovers. No matter how you slice it, this is a Tom Hanks/Cast Away level of performance, and one deserving of an Oscar.

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Daniel Cohen is the hard-boiled Film Editor for the Pop Break. Besides reviews, Daniel writes box office predictions, Gotham reviews and Oscar coverage. He can also be found on the Breakcast. If Daniel was sprayed by Scarecrow’s fear toxin, it would be watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on a non-stop loop.