Film Poll 2014

Votes by Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
2. Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
3. Jesse Eisenberg, Night Moves

Best Actress

1. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
2. Agata Trzebuchowska, Ida
3. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin

Best Supporting Actress

1. Dorothy Atkinson, Mr. Turner
2. Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice
3. Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Peter Sarsgaard, Night Moves
3. Jeremy Renner, The Immigrant

Best Undistributed Film

1. We Come as Friends

Best Director

Jean-Luc Godard,

Best Screenplay

Inherent Vice

Best Documentary


Best First Feature

Nothing Bad Can Happen

Best Animated Feature

The King and the Mockingbird

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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