Film Poll 2014

Votes by Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com


Best Film

Best Actor

1. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
2. Joaquin Phoenix, The Immigrant
3. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Best Actress

1. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights
2. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
3. Tessa Thompson, Dear White People

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

1. Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange
2. Tyler James Williams, Dear White People
3. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Director

Gina Prince-Bythewood,

Best Screenplay

Two Days, One Night

Best Documentary

Life Itself

Best First Feature

Dear White People

Best Animated Feature

The LEGO Movie

Worst Film

Birdman

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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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