Film Poll 2014

Votes by Sheila Benson
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Best Film

Best Actor

1. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
2. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
3. Chadwick Boseman, Get On Up

Best Actress

1. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
2. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
3. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle

Best Supporting Actress

1. Laura Dern, Wild
2. Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
3. Emma Stone, Birdman

Best Supporting Actor

1. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
2. Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler
3. Bill Nighy, Price

Best Undistributed Film

1. In Order of Disappearance
2. Life Feels Good

Best Director

Alejandro Inarritu,

Best Screenplay


Best Documentary


Best First Feature

Obvious Child

Best Animated Feature

The Tale of the Princess Kagaya

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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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