While many year-end lists simply focus on either the best or the worst, this feels like a good opportunity to take a look at a year-end aspect that seems to go overlooked: the things that we didn’t see coming. There’s an expectation that the new Christopher Nolan film is going to be eye-popping, that Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t going to be particularly great, and that the latest effort from Wes Anderson will probably be immaculately crafted. But what about discovering that a loveable TV actor makes a seamless transition to becoming a movie star? Or that shameless, toy-centric studio cash-grab is actually a great movie? There were plenty of pleasant discoveries over these past 12 months, and after the jump, I run down the 10 best surprises of 2014.