Film Poll 2014

Votes by Larry Gross
free-lance journalist

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Michael Keaton, Birdman
2. Vicenc  Altaio, The Story of My Death
3. Tom Hiddleston, Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Actress

1. Agata Kulesza, Ida
2. Hilary Swank, The Homesman
3. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Frank
3. Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Edward Norton, Birdman
3. Michael Fassbender, Frank

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay


Best First Feature

Palo Alto

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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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