Film Poll 2014

Votes by Richard Brody
The New Yorker

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Ben Affleck, Gone Girl
2. Benicio Del Toro, Jimmy P.
3. Jason Schwartzman, Listen Up Philip

Best Actress

1. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
2. Gina Piersanti, It Felt Like Love
3. Emma Stone, Magic in the Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress

1. Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
2. Sienna Miller, American Sniper
3. Reese Witherspoon, Inherent Vice

Best Supporting Actor

1. Robert Longstreet, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
2. Joaquin Phoenix, The Immigrant
3. Theodore Bouloukos, Soft in the Head

Best Undistributed Film

1. Hill of Freedom
2. Heaven Knows What
3. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Best Director

Wes Anderson,

Best Screenplay

Listen Up Philip

Best Documentary

The Last of the Unjust

Best First Feature

Butter on the Latch

Best Animated Feature

The LEGO Movie

Worst Film


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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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