Film Poll 2014

Votes by Ben Kenigsberg

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man
2. Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
3. Haluk Bilginer, Winter Sleep

Best Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
3. Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

Best Supporting Actress

1. Carrie Coon, Gone Girl
2. Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice
3. Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor

1. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
2. Tyler Perry, Gone Girl
3. David Gyasi, Interstellar

Best Undistributed Film

1. We Come As Friends
2. Approaching the Elephant
3. The Kindergarten Teacher

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay

Two Days, One Night

Best Documentary

The Last of the Unjust

Best First Feature

The Strange Little Cat

Best Animated Feature

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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How the Film Poll Works

This year, 85 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.

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