Film Poll 2014

Votes by Amy Nicholson
LA Weekly/Village Voice

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
3. Chadwick Boseman, Get On Up

Best Actress

1. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights
2. Julianne Moore, Still Alice
3. Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actress

1. Minnie Driver, Beyond the Lights
2. Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
3. Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow

Best Supporting Actor

1. Michael Fassbender, Frank
2. Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler
3. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Best Documentary

The Overnighters

Best First Feature

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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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