Film Poll 2014

Votes by Dan Kois

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Guy Pierce, The Rover
2. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
3. Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange

Best Actress

1. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
2. Lindsay Duncan, Le Week-End
3. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin

Best Supporting Actress

1. Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer
2. Carrie Coon, Gone Girl
3. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Supporting Actor

1. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Director

Jonathan Glazer,

Best Screenplay

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Documentary


Best First Feature

Obvious Child

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

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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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