Film Poll 2014

Votes by Katey Rich
Vanity Fair

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. David Oyelowo, Selma
3. Jack O'Connell, Starred Up

Best Actress

1. Essie Davis, The Babadook
2. Reese Witherspoon, Wild
3. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Laura Dern, Wild
3. Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Best Supporting Actor

1. Edward Norton, Birdman
2. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
3. Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up

Best Director

Bennett Miller,

Best Screenplay

Obvious Child

Best Documentary


Best First Feature

The Babadook

Best Animated Feature

The Boxtrolls

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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