The 2012 Village Voice Film Critics' Poll

Movies are alive in the Age of McConaughey

Back in 2008, reviewing McConaughey's "performance" in the limp adventure comedy Fool's Gold, I wrote that "there's something depressing about watching a fortysomething refugee from a Jimmy Buffett concert spend two hours of screen time trying to get rich quick." This year, though, the actor was nothing short of exhilarating each and every time he appeared onscreen, and there is more to come in 2013, with the promise of a juicy supporting role in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and the lead in a longtime pet project, The Dallas Buyers Club, about a homophobic Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS. This alone feels like a reason to believe in the future of movies.

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A Partial List of Winners

BEST FILM
1. The Master (333 points, 46 mentions)
2. Zero Dark Thirty (296 points, 43 mentions)
3. Holy Motors (295 points, 46 mentions)
4. Moonrise Kingdom (233 points, 38 mentions)
5. This Is Not a Film (186 points, 28 mentions)
6. Amour (168 points, 28 mentions)
7. Once Upon a Time In Anatolia (151 points, 23 mentions)
8. The Turin Horse (127 points, 17 mentions)
9. Lincoln (121 points, 19 mentions)
10. Tabu (115 points, 15 mentions)

 

BEST ACTRESS
1. Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea (72 points, 30 mentions)
2. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (59 points, 31 mentions)
3. Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (49 points, 22 mentions)
4. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (37 points, 12 mentions)
5. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild (26 points, 12 mentions)

 

BEST ACTOR
1. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master (106 points, 46 mentions)
2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors (90 points, 40 mentions)
3. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (63 points, 36 mentions)
4. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (30 points, 14 mentions)
5. Jack Black, Bernie (24 points, 14 mentions)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Amy Adams, The Master (51 points, 26 mentions)
2. Ann Dowd, Compliance (34 points, 15 mentions)
3. Sally Field, Lincoln (32 points, 15 mentions)
4. Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables (25 points, 12 mentions)
5. Shirley MacLaine, Bernie (22 points, 11 mentions)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike (59 points, 26 mentions)
2. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln (38 points, 18 mentions)
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master (32 points, 14 mentions)
4. Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty (18 points, 11 mentions)
5. Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe (18 points, 6 mentions)

 

BEST UNDISTRIBUTED FILM
Everybody In Our Family


BEST DOCUMENTARY
This Is Not a Film


BEST FIRST FEATURE
Beasts of the Southern Wild


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
ParaNorman


BEST DIRECTOR
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master


BEST SCREENPLAY
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

 

BEST BREAKTHROUGH
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild


WORST FILM
Cloud Atlas

 

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