Film Poll 2012
Quvenzhané Wallis45
Ava DuVernay33
Matthew McConaughey33
Benh Zeitlin23
Emayatzy Corinealdi22
Kleber Mendonça Filho22
Matthias Schoenaerts22
Middle of Nowhere22
Alex Ross Perry11
Avu DuVerney11
Beasts of the Southern Wild11
Behn Zeitlan11
Ben Wheatley, Kill List11
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild11
Bringing back 70mm11
Britt Marling11
Channing Tatum, Channing Tatum, Channing Tatum, Channing Tatum, Channing Tatum (one mention for each of his five strong performances -- he even made "The Vow" tolerable!)11
Claude Sautet Retrospective11
Court 1311
Craig Zobel11
David France: How to Survive a Plague11
Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippett11
Gareth Evans and the cast of The Raid: Redemption11
Gina Carano, Haywire11
GoPro cameras (Leviathan)11
Hani Furstenberg11
Higgs-Boson particle11
Jacob Krupnick (Director, Girl Walk//All Day)11
Kate Lyn Sheil11
Kleber Mendonça Filho, Neighboring Sounds11
Kylie Minogue in Holy Motors11
Logan Lerman11
Matthew McConaughey in everything11
Mia Hansen-Love11
Neighboring Sounds11
Nikolaj Arcel - A Royal Affair11
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, co-directors of 21 Jump Street11
Rebel Wilson11
Scoot McNairy11
Sean Baker11
Spike Lee--for his spectacular return to form in RED HOOK SUMMER11
Stephanie Sigman, Miss Bala11
Stephen Chbosky11
The Forgotten Space11
Thure Lindhardt11
Tim Heidecker11
To the Arctic 3D11
Behn Zeitlin01
Bill and Turner Ross, Tchipitoulas01
Girl Model01
Save The Date01

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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 12 categories. 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.

A film is eligible only in the year that it was first distributed in the U.S. For the category of Best Undistributed Film, only those films from the past 12 months that have yet to secure a theatrical distributor were eligible (as opposed to those films with distributors that simply won't be released until next year).

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