Film Poll 2014

Votes by Michael Atkinson
The Village Voice, Sight & Sound, In These Times

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Michael Keaton, Birdman
2. Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher
3. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Best Actress

1. Luminita Gheorghiu, Child's Pose
2. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
3. Agata Kulesza, Ida

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Marion Bailey, Mr. Turner
3. Kim Dickens, Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor

1. Edward Norton, Birdman
2. Martin Short, Inherent Vice
3. Luke Wilson, The Skeleton Twins

Best Director

Jean-Luc Godard,

Best Screenplay


Best Documentary


Best First Feature


Best Animated Feature

Song of the Sea

Worst Film

Winter's Tale

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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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