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The 2014 A.V. Club Readers’ Poll results

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After collecting over 25,000 votes The A.V. Club is happy share the results of our second annual readers’ poll. While it proved less confounding than last year, when Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the best film of the year and also the most overrated, it’s still a glorious testament to the democratic process. Below is a full list of the year’s best and worst across various forms of media, and we look forward to doing this all again in 2015.


The best film of 2014 is…
1. Boyhood
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Interstellar
5. Gone Girl
6. Under The Skin
7. The Lego Movie
8. Whiplash
9. Snowpiercer
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The best performance of 2014 goes to…
1. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
2. Michael Keaton, Birdman
3. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
5. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
6. Chris Pratt, Guardians Of The Galaxy
7. Scarlett Johansson, Under The Skin
8. Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar
9. Brendan Gleeson, Calvary
10. Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

The Master Filmmaker Of Tomorrow Award for new directors goes to…
1. Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
2. Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
3. Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child
4. Justin Simien, Dear White People
5. Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin
6. Jon Stewart, Rosewater
7. Jason Bateman, Bad Words
8. Tom Berninger, Mistaken For Strangers
9. Charlie McDowell, The One I Love
10. David Leith and Chad Stahelski, John Wick

The A.V. Club was wrong about…
1. Interstellar
2. Birdman
3. Godzilla
4. Gone Girl
5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1
6. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
7. Big Hero 6
8. Boyhood
9. Foxcatcher
10. The Fault In Our Stars

The worst film of 2014 is…
1. Atlas Shrugged, Part III
2. Transformers: Age Of Extinction
3. God’s Not Dead
4. A Million Ways To Die In The West
5. Dumb And Dumber To
6. Heaven Is For Real
7. Saving Christmas
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
9. I, Frankenstein
10. Sex Tape


The most overrated film of 2014 is…
1. Interstellar
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
3. Boyhood

The most underrated film of 2014 is…
1. Snowpiercer
2. Obvious Child
3. Interstellar


The best scene of the year is…
1. Whiplash, final scene
2. Interstellar, docking scene
3. Guardians Of The Galaxy, prison break


The best TV show of 2014 is…
1. Hannibal
2. True Detective
3. Fargo
4. Game Of Thrones
5. Bob’s Burgers
6. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
7. Broad City
8. The Good Wife
9. Mad Men
10. Orange Is The New Black


The worst TV show of 2014 is…
1. Mulaney
2. The Following
3. Stalker
4. Mixology
5. The Mysteries Of Laura
6. Manhattan Love Story
7. The Strain
8. Tyrant
9. The Night Shift
10. The Big Bang Theory

The most outstanding performance on a television show goes to…
1. Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
2. Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal
3. Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
4. Allison Tolman, Fargo
5. Andy Daly, Review
6. Ilana Glazer, Broad City
7. Matthew Rhys, The Americans
8. Keri Russell, The Americans
9. Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin
10. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife


The best new TV show of 2014 is…
1. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2. True Detective
3. Fargo
4. Broad City
5. Jane The Virgin
6. Review
7. You’re The Worst
8. The Leftovers
9. The Flash
10. Transparent

The show that shouldn’t have been canceled in 2014 is…
1. Selfie
2. Enlisted
3. The Pete Holmes Show
4. Raising Hope
5. Suburgatory
6. Trophy Wife
7. The Carrie Diaries
8. Community
9. The Bridge
10. Utopia


The A.V. Club was wrong about…
1. South Park
2. Girls
3. The Leftovers
4. American Horror Story
5. Mulaney
6. Louie
7. Nathan For You
8. The Strain
9. The Newsroom
10. BoJack Horseman

The most devastating five minutes of television in 2014 is…
1. Game Of Thrones, The Mountain and Oberyn “The Viper” Martell fight scene
2. Hannibal, last scene of the finale
3. The Good Wife, Will Gardner’s death


The best episode of the year is…
1. Hannibal, “Mizumono
2. Game Of Thrones, “The Mountain And The Viper
3. True Detective, “Who Goes There


The best record of 2014 is…
1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent
2. Run The Jewels, RTJ2
3. The War On Drugs, Lost In The Dream
4. Taylor Swift, 1989
5. Sun Kil Moon, Benji
6. Spoon, They Want My Soul
7. Swans, To Be Kind
8. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days
9. The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers
10. Jack White, Lazaretto


The most tolerable No. 1 single of 2014 is…
1. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
2. Lorde, “Team”
3. Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
4. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith, “Latch”
5. Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
6. Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
7. Sia, “Chandelier”
8. Bastille, “Pompeii”
9. Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
10. Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”

The most anticipated (and already announced) album of 2015 is…
1. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities To Love
2. The Decemberists, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
3. Belle & Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
4. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
5. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
6. Mark Ronson, Uptown Funk
7. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday
8. José González, Vestiges & Claws
9. Mount Eerie, Sauna
10. Gang Of Four, What Happens Next



The best game of 2014 is…
1. Super Smash Bros. For Wii U
2. Dragon Age: Inquisition
3. South Park: The Stick Of Truth
4. Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor
5. Dark Souls II
6. Mario Kart 8
7. The Walking Dead: Season Two
8. The Wolf Among Us
9. The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth
10. Far Cry 4


The most disappointing game of 2014 is…
1. Destiny
2. Watch Dogs
3. Assassin’s Creed Unity
4. The Legend Of Korra
5. Civilization: Beyond Earth
6. Thief
7. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
8. The Walking Dead: Season Two
9. WWE 2K15
10. Alien: Isolation

If you could only have one current-generation gaming machine what would it be…
1. PlayStation 4
2. PC
3. Wii U
4. Xbox One
5. Nintendo 3DS



The best book of 2014 is…
1. John Darnielle, Wolf In White Van
2. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
3. Brandon Sanderson, Words Of Radiance
4. Andy Weir, The Martian
5. Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage


The most anticipated book-to-film adaptation is…
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2
2. The Martian
3. Fifty Shades Of Grey
4. Paper Towns
5. Dark Places

The most hyped/biggest disappointment of 2014 is…
1. Lena Dunham, Not That Kind Of Girl
2. Stephen King, Revival
3. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
4. Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage
5. Patrick Rothfuss, The Slow Regard Of Silent Things



The best podcast of 2014 is…
1. Serial
2. The Flop House
3. 99% Invisible
4. U Talkin’ U2 To Me?
5. We Hate Movies
6. No Such Thing As A Fish
7. Judge John Hodgman
8. Comedy Bang! Bang!
9. Andy Daly Podcast Project
10. Filmspotting


The best episode covered by Podmass in 2014 is…
1. Flop House, A Talking Cat!?! (Ep. 161)
2. Serial, The Alibi (Ep. 1)
3. Comedy Bang! Bang!, Oh Golly, You Devil (Ep. 300)

The podcast we should cover in 2015 is…
1. The Dollop
2. We Hate Movies
3. Tofop