Film Poll 2014

Votes by Jim Fouratt
WestView News

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
2. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
3. Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher

Best Actress

1. Jessica Chastain, Miss Julie
2. Julianne Moore, Still Alice
3. Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Best Supporting Actress

1. Emma Stone, Birdman
2. Marisa Tomei, Love Is Strange
3. Samantha Morton, Miss Julie

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Edward Norton, Birdman
3. Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler

Best Undistributed Film

1. Back on Board
2. Silenced

Best Director

Dan Gilroy,

Best Screenplay

A Most Violent Year

Best Documentary


Best First Feature

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Best Animated Feature


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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