Film Poll 2013

Votes by Melissa Anderson

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
2. Joaquin Phoenix, Her
3. Ali Mosaffa, The Past

Best Actress

1. Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy
2. Amy Adams, American Hustle
3. Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills

Best Supporting Actress

1. Scarlett Johansson, Don Jon
2. Tavi Gevinson, Enough Said
3. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Side Effects

Best Supporting Actor

1. James Franco, Spring Breakers
2. Alex Descas, Bastards
3. Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Undistributed Film

1. Abuse of Weakness
2. What Now? Remind Me
3. In the Darkroom

Best Director

Matias Pineiro,

Best Screenplay


Best Documentary

Let the Fire Burn

Best First Feature

Don Jon

Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises

Worst Film

Dallas Buyers Club

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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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