Film Poll 2014

Votes by Patrick Z. McGavin
Light Sensitive

Best Film

Best Actor

1. David Oyelowo, Selma
2. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
3. Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

Best Actress

1. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
2. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
3. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Supporting Actress

1. Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice
2. Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
3. Carmen Ejogo, Selma

Best Supporting Actor

1. Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. Jonathan Pryce, Listen Up Philip

Best Undistributed Film

1. The Price of Fame
2. We Came as Friends
3. The Wonders

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay

Inherent Vice

Best Documentary

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Best First Feature

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Best Animated Feature

The LEGO Movie

Worst Film

American Sniper

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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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