Film Poll 2014

Votes by Phillip Lopate
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Best Film

Best Actor

1. Tom Hardy, The Drop
2. Jesse Eisenberg, Night Moves
3. Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange

Best Actress

1. Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
2. Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
3. Emmanuelle Devos, Violette

Best Supporting Actress

1. Noomi Rapace, The Drop
2. Sandrine Kiberlain, Violette
3. The Aunt--I forget her name, Ida

Best Supporting Actor

1. James Gandolfini, The Drop
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up

Best Undistributed Film

1. Horse Money
2. Hill of Freedom
3. Timbuktu

Best Director

Lav Diaz, Norte, the End of History

Best Screenplay

Olive Kitteridge

Best Documentary

The Missing Picture

Best First Feature

Stations of the Elevated

Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises

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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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