Film Poll 2013

Actress — Votes for Cate Blanchett

CRITIC POSITION
Robert AbeleUnranked
Sheila BensonUnranked
Monica Castillo1st
Justin Chang1st
Godfrey Cheshire1st
David Ehrenstein1st
Annlee Ellingson2nd
Jon Frosch2nd
Lance Goldenberg1st
Andrew Grant1st
Odie Henderson1st
Eugene Hernandez2nd
Inkoo Kang1st
Don Kaye1st
Peter Knegt1st
Michael Koresky2nd
Genevieve KoskiUnranked
Michael Nordine1st
Keith Phipps3rd
Mara Reinstein1st
Joshua Rothkopf1st
Brent SimonUnranked
David Sterritt2nd
Ryan Stewart3rd
Anne Thompson2nd
Sam WeisbergUnranked
Dave WhiteUnranked
Scott WilsonUnranked

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How the Film Poll Works

This year, 96 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.

Update: A correction — and an upset! We originally listed Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis as the winner in our film poll's best actor category. According to our first round of poll math, he had just barely edged out Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave. After publishing the results, we discovered that we had missed three misspellings of Ejiofor's name in critics' ballots, which meant three Ejiofor votes weren't added to the actor's official total.

After a few more rounds of bug-stomping -- you wouldn't believe how many ways critics can spell names like "Scarlett Johansson" or "Adèle Exarchopoulos" -- we're pleased to announce that Ejiofor has edged out Isaac by two votes, proving once again that poor Llewyn Davis just can't win. Thanks again to everyone who voted. The Voice regrets the error.

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