Film Poll 2014

Votes by Eric Kohn

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
2. Jack O'Connell, Starred Up
3. Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress

1. Essie Davis, The Babadook
2. Agata Kulesza, Ida
3. Tessa Thompson, Dear White People

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
3. Lindsay Duncan, Le Week-End

Best Supporting Actor

1. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
2. Jonathan Pryce, Listen Up Philip
3. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Undistributed Film

1. From What Is Before
2. The Midnight After
3. Approaching the Elephant

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay

Winter Sleep

Best Documentary


Best First Feature

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Best Animated Feature

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Worst Film

Men Women and Children

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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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