Film Poll 2014

Votes by Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
3. Tom Hardy, Locke

Best Actress

1. Paulina García, Gloria
2. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
3. Emmanuelle Devos, Violette

Best Supporting Actress

1. Agata Kulesza, Ida
2. Laura Dern, Wild
3. Sandrine Kiberlain, Violette

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Undistributed Film

1. Stray Dog

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Documentary

National Gallery

Best First Feature

It Felt Like Love

Best Animated Feature

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Worst Film

Not Cool

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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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