Film Poll 2014

Votes by Cynthia Fuchs

Best Film

Best Actor

1. David Oyelowo, Selma
2. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
3. Jeremy Renner, Kill the Messenger

Best Actress

1. Julianne Moore, Still Alice
2. Brandy Burre, Actress
3. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Carmen Ejogo, Selma
3. Dorothy Atkinson, Mr. Turner

Best Supporting Actor

1. Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler
2. Edward Norton, Birdman
3. Samer Bisharat, Omar

Best Undistributed Film

1. Approaching the Elephant

Best Director

Laura Poitras,

Best Screenplay

Mr. Turner

Best Documentary


Best First Feature


Best Animated Feature

Rocks in My Pockets

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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