Film Poll 2014

Votes by David Fear
Rolling Stone


Best Film

Best Actor

1. Michael Keaton, Birdman
2. Jack O'Connell, Starred Up
3. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress

1. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
2. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
3. Essie Davis, The Babadook

Best Supporting Actress

1. Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer
2. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
3. Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice

Best Undistributed Film

1. Blind
2. The Kindergarten Teacher
3. Pasolini

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay

We Are the Best!

Best Documentary

Jodorowsky's Dune

Best First Feature

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Best Animated Feature

The LEGO Movie

Worst Film

Men, Women & Children

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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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