Film Poll 2012
This Is Not a Film12
How to Survive a Plague9
The Gatekeepers7
Searching for Sugar Man6
Room 2374
The Imposter3
Girl Model2
Jiro Dreams of Sushi2
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present2
Photographic Memory2
Side by Side2
The House I Live In2
The Queen of Versailles2
The Waiting Room2
Whores' Glory2
Crazy Horse1
Fake It So Real1
Only the Young1
Tectonics (Peter Bo Rappmund)1
The Ambassador1
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye1
The Invisible War1
Two Years at Sea1
Whore's Glory1
Whores Glory1

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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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