Film Poll 2014

Votes by Sam Weisberg
Movie Critic

Best Film

Best Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Ben Affleck, Gone Girl
3. James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

Best Actress

1. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
2. Essie Davis, The Babadook
3. Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actress

1. Agata Kulesza, Ida
2. Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood
3. Gaby Hoffmann, Obvious Child

Best Supporting Actor

1. Jonathan Pryce, Listen Up Philip
2. Edward Norton, Birdman
3. Marco Perella, Boyhood

Best Undistributed Film

1. Gabriel
2. The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest
3. The Search for General Tso

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay

We Are the Best!

Best Documentary

The Dog

Best First Feature

Life Partners

Worst Film

Child of God

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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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