The Ticket Awards 2014 are now open for business

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - PATRICK FREYNE - Lau­rence Mackin, Ticket Ed­i­tor

Bet­ter than the Baf­tas, greater than the Gram­mys, and more lob­bied than the Os­cars– wel­come to the Ticket Awards 2014. Take your seats please, we’re about to start.

In the fol­low­ing pages, our crit­ics have whit­tled down what they con­sider to be the best film, mu­sic and cul­tural mo­ments from 2014: some are popular choices; oth­ers are per­sonal picks .But all are in the best pos­si­ble taste.

We’ve made a few de­vi­a­tions from the usual “best of” lists. In film, we’ve pooled all the act­ing tal­entinto “best per­for­mance”, ratherthan split­ting the cream of the crop along gen­der lines, and we’ve also in­tro­duce da “besten sem­ble” cat­e­gory. Each critic picked their top 10 or five in each cat­e­gory, with the re­sults tab­u­lated at Ticket HQ by our res­i­dent bean coun­ters, and then pre­sented here for you to choose from and chew over.

In the mu­sic cat­e­gory, we had to make a judg­ment call on the “best mo­ments”, such was the di­ver­sity of opin­ion, but we think we’ve picked a fine se­lec­tion of “you should have been theres”.

Atirish­times.com/ cul­ture, there are more ex­ten­sive long lists, from which you can pick your own favourites and, most im­por­tant ly, you can point out the ones we missed. Ev­ery­one who votes will bein with a chance of win­ning a se­lec­tion of­fan­tas­tic prizes (ooooh), in­clud­ing tick­ets to films, shows and fes­ti­vals in 2015 (aaaah).

Never has hav­ing a con­trary opin­ion been so valu­able. The clos­ing date for vot­ing is mid­night on De­cem­ber 14th, and we’ll an­nounce the re­sult sin The Tick­e­ton De­cem­ber 19th.

Jim Car­roll will be on­line be­tween 1pm and 3pm to­day for a live blog on our mu­si­cal a tirish­times.com/cul­ture, and Don­ald Clarke wil lbe sent out to bat your filmicbrick bats from 3pm.

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