22 January 2015

ARA 2014: The Media

Welcome to the final day of the awards, and today they're all about things we liked (and didn't) in film and music last year.


Fending off some strong competition from the likes of The Imitation Game and Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie is crowned our best film of 2014. This animated caper was certainly a box-office hit, and it seems so amongst our voting contingent too.

There was some really good music released last year, despite what middle-aged men might tell you. Chief amongst our favourites were Uptown Funk from Mark Ronson, Miracles from Coldplay and Zombie by Jamie T. The strongest, however, was the beautiful Happy from Marina and the Diamonds. As part of the promotional campaign for her forthcoming third album Froot, Marina is currently releasing one track per month, somehow increasing in quality each time. The second really captured our attention though, and it's for that reason (and for Marina's damn sassiness!) that Happy is our Track of the Year.

To us, and to many of our favourite artists, creating a strong, cohesive album is almost more important than creating a series of great tracks. Porter Robinson seems to share this philosophy and although Worlds does contain many impressive songs (notably Sea of Voices, Years of War and Fellow Feeling) it is far more than the sum of its parts. Robinson managed to best Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Taylor Swift's 1989 for this award. A fresh, original, innovative album, and we hope to hear more from this talented young artist soon.

Those old enough say they can remember exactly where they were when they heard the news of JFK's assassination. Well I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard this three-minute abomination. Dire from start to finish, It's My Birthday from William and Cody 'Wise' is just absolute pure, unadulterated nonsense. Despite some stiff competitors, this really is our Worst Track of the Year. I believe the phrase rhymes with 'clucking bell'.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read any of these posts, and to Matt Michael (Twitter | Season to Taste Podcast) and Tom Newsom (Twitter | Flickr | Blog) for participating in the voting alongside me.

Catch up with the last three days' awards here:

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