Film Poll 2012
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master10646
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors9743
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln6336
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour3014
Jack Black, Bernie2414
Denzel Washington, Flight1510
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe138
John Hawkes, The Sessions137
Clarke Peters, Red Hook Summer125
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master117
Thure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On94
Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis83
Seann William Scott, Goon83
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables62
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook52
Anders Danielsen Lie, Oslo, August 31st44
Sean Penn, This Must Be the Place43
Muhammet Uzuner, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia42
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master32
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained31
Jeremy Renner, The Bourne Legacy31
Jude Law, Anna Karenina31
Sebastian Urzendowsky, Goodbye First Love31
Guy Pearce, Lockout22
Karl Urban, Dredd22
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson21
Jiang Wen, Let The Bullets Fly21
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master21
Joel Murray, God Bless America21
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, All of them21
Kacey Mottet Klein, Sister21
Liam Neeson, The Grey21
Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers21
Paul Rudd, Wanderlust21
Thomas Doret, The Kid with a Bike21
Tim Heidecker, The Comedy21
Tom Hanks, Cloud Atlas21
Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom11
Gael García Bernal, The Loneliest Planet11
Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone11
Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead11
Michael Fassbender, Prometheus11
Rafi Pitts, The Hunter11
Tom Hardy, Lawless11
Willem Dafoe, 4:44 Last Day on Earth11

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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 12 categories. 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.

A film is eligible only in the year that it was first distributed in the U.S. For the category of Best Undistributed Film, only those films from the past 12 months that have yet to secure a theatrical distributor were eligible (as opposed to those films with distributors that simply won't be released until next year).

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