Film Poll 2014

Votes by Laura Kern
Film Comment

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
2. Michael Keaton, Birdman
3. Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Best Actress

1. Emmanuelle Seigner, Venus in Fur
2. Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
3. Essie Davis, The Babadook

Best Supporting Actress

1. Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
2. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
3. Liv LeMoyne, We Are the Best!

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Edward Norton, Birdman
3. Edgar Ramirez, Deliver Us from Evil

Best Undistributed Film

1. Blind
2. In Order of Disappearance
3. The Harvest

Best Director

Morten Tyldum,

Best Screenplay

The Imitation Game

Best First Feature

The Babadook

Worst Film

Gone Girl

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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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