Film Poll 2012
DIRECTOR
DIRECTOR VOTES MENTIONS
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master1617
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty1113
Leos Carax, Holy Motors77
Miguel Gomes, Tabu44
David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis33
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia33
Ben Affleck, Argo23
Ang Lee, Life of Pi22
Bela Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky, The Turin Horse22
Jafar Panahi, This Is Not a Film22
John Hyams, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning22
Richard Linklater, Bernie22
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln22
Michael Haneke, Amour12
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild11
Christian Petzold, Barbara11
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises11
David Chase, Not Fade Away11
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors11
Don Hertzfeldt, It's Such a Beautiful Day11
Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On11
Jacques Audiard, Rust and Bone11
Joachim Trier, Oslo, August 31st11
Joe Dante, The Hole11
Mia Hansen-Love, Goodbye First Love11
Rian Johnson, Looper11
Terence Davies, The Deep Blue Sea11
Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom11
William Friedkin, Killer Joe11
Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet01
Katheryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty01
Manuel Gomes, Tabu01

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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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