Film Poll 2013

Actor — Votes for Joaquin Phoenix

CRITIC POSITION
Robert AbeleUnranked
Melissa Anderson2nd
Sean Axmaker1st
Godfrey Cheshire2nd
Jake Cole2nd
Jordan Cronk1st
A.A. Dowd3rd
Jim Fouratt2nd
Jack Giroux2nd
Ed Gonzalez1st
Jonathan KieferUnranked
Peter Knegt2nd
Dan Kois3rd
Genevieve KoskiUnranked
Robert Levin1st
Calum Marsh1st
Amy Nicholson1st
Michael Nordine2nd
Mark Olsen1st
Michelle OrangeUnranked
John Oursler3rd
Nathan Rabin1st
Mara Reinstein3rd
James Rocchi3rd
Matt Singer2nd
Jeremy Smith2nd
Scott Tobias1st
Matthew Wilder1st
Scott WilsonUnranked

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How the Film Poll Works

This year, 96 critics from across the country voted for their favorite films, performances, and filmmakers in 13 categories. Films were awarded five points each. A film is eligible only in the year that it was first distributed in the U.S. For six of those categories (Best Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Undistributed Film), critics had the option to either "rank" or "unrank" their votes. For example, in the Best Film category, where ten votes are possible, a ranked ballot's #1 choice was awarded 10 points, the #2 choice nine points, etc. On ballots designated as "unranked," films were awarded five points each, and performances two points. Ties of any kind were not allowed.

Update: A correction — and an upset! We originally listed Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis as the winner in our film poll's best actor category. According to our first round of poll math, he had just barely edged out Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave. After publishing the results, we discovered that we had missed three misspellings of Ejiofor's name in critics' ballots, which meant three Ejiofor votes weren't added to the actor's official total.

After a few more rounds of bug-stomping -- you wouldn't believe how many ways critics can spell names like "Scarlett Johansson" or "Adèle Exarchopoulos" -- we're pleased to announce that Ejiofor has edged out Isaac by two votes, proving once again that poor Llewyn Davis just can't win. Thanks again to everyone who voted. The Voice regrets the error.

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