Film Poll 2014

Votes by Nick Schager
The Village Voice, Esquire, Vulture

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
2. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
3. Haluk Bilginer, Winter Sleep

Best Actress

1. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
2. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
3. Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Supporting Actress

1. Melisa Sozen, Winter Sleep
2. Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
3. Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Best Supporting Actor

1. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
2. Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman
3. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Director

Mike Leigh,

Best Screenplay

Winter Sleep

Best Documentary

National Gallery

Best First Feature

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Best Animated Feature

The LEGO Movie

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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