What Were Your Favorite Movie Trailers of the Last Year? (VIDEOS)

What Were Your Favorite Movie Trailers of the Last Year? (VIDEOS)

Nominations have been revealed for the 2014 Golden Trailer Awards, a celebration of the year’s best in motion picture marketing, now in its 15th annual competition. The event goes down May 30 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Full nominee list after the jump.

Warner Bros. took the lead in movie marketing this year, with 51 nominations for films including “Gravity, “The Lego Movie,” “The Hobbit” and the upcoming “Gozilla.” Other trailer nominees reflect this year’s awards candidates (“American Hustle,” “Wolf of Wall Street”), recent low-key indies (“Ida,” “The Past”) and even some of its enjoyable schlock (“Oculus,” “Only God Forgives”).

Some of the best movies of the last year didn’t exactly have stellar trailers (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” anyone?) while some of the year’s more disappointing films were furnished, as they often are, with excellent trailers (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” one of my personal favorite trailers, below). 

What were your favorite trailers of the last year? Chime in, and watch a few of our favorites below — many of which came off the festival circuit. (I could watch the original trailer for “Under the Skin” again, and again, and again.)

And for my money, the best trailer of all time may be the one for Todd Field’s 2006 “Little Children” — the perfect blend of eerie portent, momentum-building and a final, explosive montage. Too bad the movie remains so frustrating. Same goes for “Upstream Color” (below.)

Golden Trailer Awards Nominees

Best Action

Brick Mansions “Clash”, Relativity
Media, Ignition

Captain America: The Winter Soldier “Fear”,
Disney, Trailer Park

Edge of Tomorrow “Believe Again”,
Warner Bros., Wild Card

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “World
Event”, Lionsgate, Trailer Park

Star Trek Into Darkness “Illusion”,
Paramount Pictures, TRANSIT

Best Animation/Family

Frozen “Forces First Ped”, Disney,
Trailer Park

How To Train Your Dragon 2 “Master”,
20th Century Fox, Aspect Ratio

The Lego Movie “The Special”, Warner
Bros., TRANSIT

Muppets: Most Wanted “The Switch”,
Disney, Buddha Jones

Rio 2 “Survive”, 20th Century Fox, Wild
Card

Best Comedy

22 Jump Street “Redband Trailer”,
Columbia Pictures, Vibe Creative

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Paramount
Pictures, Industry Creative

Bad Words “Red Band Trailer 1”,
Focus Features, Mark Woollen & Associates

A Million Ways To Die in the West “Trailer
6 Red Band”, Universal Pictures, Workshop Creative

Neighbors “Trailer 4”, Universal
Pictures, Workshop Creative

Best Documentary

Blackfish, Magnolia, Zealot Productions Inc.

Dirty Wars, Sundance Selects, Jump Cut
Creative

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar “Into Your
Heart”, Warner Bros., Mob Scene

Salinger “Biggest Secret”, The
Weinstein Company, Motive Creative

The Unknown Known “Trailer 1”,
Radius-The Weinstein Company Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Drama

American Hustle “Trailer”, Columbia,
FotoKem-Creative

Lee Daniels’ The Butler “Trailer”,
The Weinstein Company, AV Squad

Lone Survivor “Trailer 1”, Universal
Pictures, Wild Card

Rush “Trailer 1”, Universal, Mark
Woollen & Associates

The Wolf of Wall Street “Become”,
Paramount Pictures, Buddha Jones

Best Fantasy Adventure

300: Rise of an Empire “Vengence”,
Warner Bros., Mob Scene

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug “Corruption
Cutdown”, Warner Bros., Trailer Park

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “Trailer
2B”, Lionsgate, CARVE 

Maleficent “Dream”, Disney, Open
Road Entertainment

Star Trek Into Darkness “Destiny Trailer
3″, Paramount Pictures, AV Squad

Best Horror

The Conjuring “Case”, Warner Bros.,
Buddha Jones

Deliver Us From Evil, Screen Gems, Seismic
Productions

Oculous “Past/Present”, Relativity
Media, mOcean

Open Grave “Domestic”, Tribeca Film,
Picture Production Company

The Quiet Ones, Lionsgate, AV Squad

Best Independent Trailer  

Blue Caprice, Sundance Selects, Jump Cut
Creative

The Boys of Abu Ghraib “Cage”,
Electric Entertainment, Aspect Ratio

Dallas Buyers Club “Trailer 1”,
Focus Features, Mark Woollen & Associates

Only God Forgives “Brother”,
Lionsgate, Empire Design

Simon Killer “Trailer 1”, IFC Films,
Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Music

300: Rise of an Empire “Glory”,
Warner Bros., Mob Scene

Mandela “Love Trailer”, The
Weinstein Company, AV Squad

Out of the Furnace “Justice”,
Relativity Media, Ignition

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty “Go/Cloud”,
20th Century Fox, TRANSIT

You’re Next “Trailer 1A”, Lionsgate,
AV Squad

Best Romance

Before Midnight “Domestic
Trailer”, Sony Pictures Classics, The Grossmyth Company

Enough Said “Should I Stay”, Fox
Searchlight, Empire Design

The Fault in Our Stars “A Good Life/Story”,
20th Century Fox, Motive Creative

Her “It’s Real”, Warner Bros.,
Motive Creative

Labor Day “Three Days”, Paramount
Pictures, Acme Trailer Company

Best Thriller

The East “Teaser”, Fox
Searchlight 

Gravity “Detached”, Warner Bros.,
mOcean

Non-Stop “Domestic Trailer”,
Universal, Giaronomo Productions

Only God Forgives, Gaumont, City Room Creative

The Signal “Composed”, Focus
Features, Wild Card

Best Video Game

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag Freedom Cry “Reveal
Trailer”, Ubisoft, Sunny Side Up Creative

Batman Arkham Origins “Gamescom Trailer”,
WB Games, Hammer Creative

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified “The Burn
Room”, Recommended Media, Team One

Thief “Launch Trailer”, Square Enix,
Hammer Creative

Watchdogs “Accolade Trailer”,
Ubisoft, Buddha Jones

The Don LaFontane Award for Best Voice Over

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues “New
Decade”, Paramount Pictures, Trailer Park

Don Jon “Trailer 1”, Relativity
Media, Mark Woollen & Associates

The Heat “Can You Dig It?”, 20th Century Fox, Big
Picture

Knights of Badassdom, eOne Entertainment, AV
Squad

Nebraska “Trailer 1”, Paramount
Pictures, Mark Woollen & Assoctiates

Golden Fleece

After Earth “Payoff Trailer”,
Columbia Pictures, Create Advertising Group

The Fifth Estate “The Future”,
DreamWorks, In Sync Advertising

Homefront “House”, Open Road, Buddha
Jones

OldBoy “Mystery Redband Trailer”,
FilmDistrict, Ignition

Paranoia “Trailer”, Relativity
Media, The Refinery AV

Most Original Trailer

Don Jon, Relativity Media, Mark Woollen &
Associtates

Gravity “Detached”, Warner Bros.,
mOcean

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty “Go/Cloud”,
20th Century Fox, TRANSIT

This is the End “April Fools Trailer”,
Columbia Pictures, Vibe Creative Inc.

Transcendence “It’s Me”, Warner
Bros., Buddha Jones

Best Summer 2014 Blockbuster Trailer

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 “Payoff Trailer”,
Sony Pictures, Create Advertising Group

Godzilla “Ravaged/Event”, Warner
Bros., Trailer Park

Edge of Tomorrow “Converge
Trailer”, Warner Bros., AV Squad

Transformers: Age of Extinction “Teaser
Trailer”, Paramount Pictures, Industry Creative

X-Men: Days of Future Past “Remember”,
20th Century Fox, Mob Scene

Trashiest Trailer

All Cheerleaders Die, Moderncine, Wheelhouse
Creative

Bad Milo!, Magnet Releasing, Jump Cut Creative

Buck Wild, Millennium Entertainment, Jump Cut
Creative

Manborg, MPI, Zealot Productions Inc.

Nurse 3D, Lionsgate, AV Squad  

——Technical ————

Best Motion/Title Graphics

The Avengers: Age of Ultron “Reveal”,
Disney, mOcean

Kite “Revenge”, The Weinstein
Company, Buddha Jones

Rush “Trailer 2”, Universal
Pictures, AV Squad

Transcendence “It’s Me”, Warner
Bros., Buddha Jones

Transcendence “Singularity”, Warner
Bros., Buddha Jones

Best Original Score

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified “The Burn
Room”, Recommended Media, Team One

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug “Stupendous”,
Warner Bros., Ignition

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “Trailer
4A”, Lionsgate, CARVE

Like Father, Like Son “Trailer”,
Arrow Films, Intermission Film

Mr. Peabody & Sherman “Who’s the Dog”,
20th Century Fox, Buddha Jones

Best Sound Editing

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified “The Burn Room”,
Recommended Media, Team One

Godzilla “Ravaged Event”, Warner
Bros., Trailer Park

The Grandmaster “Standing Up”, The
Weinstein Co., Aspect Ratio

Into the Storm “Listen Plane”,
Warner Bros. Buddha Jones

The Quiet Ones, Lionsgate, AV Squad

Best Trailer – No Movie

Exit 147, Create Advertising London

Light “Teaser”, Invisible Pictures

Paparazzi “Trailer”, Tiny Hero Inc.

Race “Inspire”, Mister Smith
Entertainment, Open Road Entertainment

SHERPA: In the Shadow of the Mountain, Felix
Media, The Solid State

————–Foreign Trailers ————–  

Best Foreign Action Trailer  

Drug War, Red Circle, Inc.

The Grandmaster “Standing up”, The
Weinstein Co, Aspect Ratio

Protector 2 “Revenge”, Magnet
Releasing, AV Squad

The Raid 2, Sony Pictures Classics, Jump Cut
Creative

Stalingrad “Sacrifice”, Sony
Pictures International, mOcean

Best Foreign Animation Trailer

Battle of Surabaya, MSV Pictures

Ernest & Celestine, GKIDS, Zealot
Productions Inc.

Postman Pat: The Movie, Timeless Films, Zealot
Productions Inc.

Tarzan, Constantin Film Productions, The
Refinery AV

The Wind Rises “UK Trailer”, Studio
Canal, The Editpool

Best Foreign Comedy Trailer

Alan Partridge, Magnolia, Zealot Productions
Inc.

Hector and the Search for Happiness “International”,
Bankside Films, Zealot Productions Inc.

Nicht mein Tag, Sony Pictures, Trailerhaus
GmbH

Nosotros Los Nobles, Alazraki Films, Fix
Comunicacion

The Trip to Italy, BBC Films Revolution, The
Solid State

Best Foreign Documentary Trailer  

The Act of Killing, The Weinstein Company,
Intermission Film

Cyber Seniors “Connection”, The Best
Part Productions, Aspect Ratio

Hawking “Trailer”, Vertigo Films,
Intermission Film

The Last of the Unjust, Synecdoche/Le Pacte,
Wheelhouse Creative

Only the Dead, Penance Films, The Solid State

Best Foreign Drama

Ida, Music Box Films, Zealot Productions Inc.

The Great Beauty, Janus Films, Wheelhouse
Creative

Like Father, Like Son, Arrow Films,
Intermission Film

The Past, Sony Pictures Classics, Jump Cut
Creative

Philomena, The Weinstein Co., Zealot
Productions Inc.

Best Foreign Graphics in a Trailer

Journey to the West “Demons”, China
Film Group, AV Squad

Best Foreign Horror/Thriller Trailer  

The Babadook, eOne Entertainment, The Solid
State

In Fear “UK Trailer”, Studio Canal,
The Editpool

Here Comes the Devil, Magnolia, Zealot
Productions Inc.

The Last Days on Mars, British Film
Institute/Irish Film Board, Zealot Productions Inc.

Who Am I, Sony Pictures, Trailerhaus GmbH

Best Foreign Romance Trailer  

Blue is the Warmest Color, Artificial Eye,
Zealot Productions Inc.

I HATE LOVE “Trailer”, Videocine
Tigre, Fix Comunicacion

The Pin “Trailer”, Main Street
Films, Stampede Studios

Une Rencontre, Pathe, Picture Production
Company

Le Weekend, Music Box Films, Zealot
Productions Inc.

Most Original Foreign Trailer  

A Field in England, Drafthouse Films,
Intermission Film

Filth, Sierra/Affinity, Zealot Productions
Inc.

Stereo, Wild Bunch Germany, Trailerhaus GmbH

Tai Chi Hero, Well Go USA, Red Circle, Inc.

The Turning, Madman Entertainment, The Solid
State

——————–TV Spots
——————–

Best Action TV Spot

The Amazing Spiderman 2 “Superbowl TV
Spot”, Sony/Marvel/Columbia, AV Squad

Captain America: The Winter Soldier “The
World 60″, Disney, Trailer Park

Godzilla “Fight”, Warner Bros.,
Aspect Ratio

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “Let it
Fly”, Lionsgate, CARVE

Thor: The Dark World “Return”,
Marvel/Disney, Create Advertising Group

Best Animation/Family TV Spot

Despicable Me 2 “Chicken Revised”,
Universal Pictures, Workshop Creative

Frozen “Cheek :30”, Disney, Trailer
Park

The Lego Movie “Special Cast”,
Warner Bros., TRANSIT

The Lego Movie “Who Are You”, Warner
Bros., Aspect Ratio

Mr. Peabody & Sherman “Who’s The Dog”,
20th Century Fox, Buddha Jones

Best Comedy TV Spot

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues “Guess
Who 30″, Paramount Pictures, Trailer Park

Bad Grandpa “Evolution”, Paramount
Pictures, Ignition

The Heat “Unstoppable”, 20th Century Fox, Open
Road Entertainment

Neighbors “Mad Neighbors”, Universal
Pictures, Workshop Creative

We’re the Millers “Not Related 30”,
Warner Bros., Trailer Park

Best Drama TV Spot

12 Years a Slave “Fight Back”, Fox
Searchlight, Ignition

Captain Phillips “Sound Review”,
Sony, Workshop Creative

Gravity “Fear Itself”, Warner Bros.,
mOcean

Noah “Storm”, Paramount Pictures

Rush “Mark:60”, Universal Pictures,
AV Squad

Best Documentary TV Spot

The Armstrong Lie “Ride 60”, Sony
Pictures Classics, In Sync Advertising

Disney Nature’s Bears “Ultimate Fight”,
Disney Nature, Toy Box Entertainment

Best Fantasy/Adventure TV Spot

300: Rise of an Empire “War Revised”,
Warner Bros., Mob Scene

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug “Quest”,
Warner Bros., Ignition

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “Atlas”,
Lionsgate, CARVE

Maleficent “Dream”, Disney, Open
Road Entertainment

Star Trek Into Darkness “Go :30”,
Paramount Pictures, AV Squad

Best Foreign TV Spot

Starred Up “Relax TV Spot”, Fox
Searchlight, Intermission Film

The Wind Rises “Spirit ND 30”,
Disney/Studio Ghibli, Trailer Park

The Wind Rises “Visionary 30”,
Disney/Studio Ghibli, Trailer Park

 

Best Graphics in a TV Spot

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 “Lipsmacking”,
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Toy Box Entertainment

The Grand Budapest Hotel “30TV Dynamite”,
Fox Searchlight, Giaronomo Productions

Gravity “Shuttle Review”, Warner
Bros., Buddha Jones

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug “Beast
Review”, Warner Bros., Aspect Ratio

Runner Runner “Ben Cast”, 20th Century Fox, The
Refinery AV

Best Horror TV Spot

The Conjuring “Event Review”, Warner
Bros., TRANSIT

Insidious 2 “Reborn 30”, Film
District, Seismic Productions

Oculous “Portal”, Relativity Media,
mOcean

The Purge “Crime”, Universal
Pictures

You’re Next “Big Animals Cutdown”:90,
Lionsgate, AV Squad

Best Independent TV Spot

12 Years a Slave “Fight Back”, Fox
Searchlight, Ignition

The Bling Ring “Roster”, A24 Films,
In Sync Advertising

Mud “Performance”, Roadside
Attractions, AV Squad

Sabotage “Weapons”, Open Road,
Buddha Jones

The Way Way Back “Joyous Review”,
Fox Searchlight, Motive Creative

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Comments

m

the man of steel trailer made it look good.

Julian

Captain America: The Winter Soldier for Best Action! Love the choice of music and edit. It gave us a taste of what to expect without giving away the main plot. Thought it did ruin the anticipation for the cool elevator scene.

verbal k

Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013)

Youtube search:
The Tale of Princess Kaguya Official Extended Trailer (2013) – Studio Ghibli Film HD

Tracy

Totally agree that Little Children is the best trailer of all time! Apparently it was done by Mark Woollen & Associates, and according to their site, they also did 5 of the trailers you posted above. Impressive shit.

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