Film Poll 2012
Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike5926
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln3818
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master3214
Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty1811
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe186
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained179
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained177
James Gandolfini, Killing Them Softly157
Matthew McConaughey, Bernie138
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild126
Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom115
Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained115
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook95
Clarke Peters, Red Hook Summer94
Simon Russell Beale, The Deep Blue Sea73
Alan Arkin, Argo63
Michael Shannon, Premium Rush54
David Oyelowo, Middle of Nowhere53
Ben Whishaw, Cloud Atlas52
Pat Healy, Compliance52
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master52
Javier Bardem, Skyfall43
Bidzina Gujabidze, The Loneliest Planet42
David Oyelowo, The Paperboy42
Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom42
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower42
Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths42
Albert Brooks, This Is 4032
Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers32
Michael Fassbender, Prometheus32
Paul Giamatti, Cosmopolis32
Scoot McNairy, Killing Them Softly32
Thomas Haden Church, Killer Joe32
Christopher Walken, A Late Quartet31
David Hasselhoff, Piranha 3DD31
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallfower31
Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi31
Isaie Sultan, Domain31
Jean Reno, Margaret31
Scoot McNairy, ARGO31
Yoo Jun-sang, In Another Country31
Christopher Walken, Seven Psychopaths22
Bill Camp, Compliance21
Carlos Areces, Extraterrestrial21
Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina21
Don Cheadle, Flight21
Garrett Hedlund, On the Road21
Jack McBrayer, Wreck-it Ralph21
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning21
Jeff Daniels, Looper21
John C. Reilly, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie21
Jon Hamm, Friends with Kids21
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, All of the films21
Jude Law, Anna Karenina21
Jun-Sang Yu, In Another Country21
Liev Schreiber, Goon21
Marcuz Jess Petersen, Klown21
Mark Duplass, Your Sister's Sister21
Michael Caine, The Dark Knight Rises21
Michael Pena, End of Watch21
Michael Smiley, Kill List21
Muhammet Uzuner, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia21
Salomon Hernandez, Artificial Paradises21
Shlomo Bar-Aba, Footnote21
The Iguana, This Is Not a Film21
Tom Hiddleston, The Deep Blue Sea21
Yu Junsang, In Another Country21
Zac Efron, The Paperboy21
Andrey Smirnov, Elena11
Ben Mendelsohn, Killing Them Softly11
Billy Campbell, Fat Kid Rules the World11
Channing Tatum, Haywire11
Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street11
David Strathairn, Lincoln11
Emile Hirsch, Killer Joe11
Frank Grillo, The Grey11
James Ransone, Slither11
Jean-Claude Van Damme, The Expendables 211
Jeremie Renier, The Kid with a Bike11
John Cusack, The Paperboy11
John Goodman, Argo11
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe/Magic Mike/Bernie11
Matthias Schoenoerts, Rust and Bone11
Michael Rogers, Beyond the Black Rainbow11
Mikkel Folsgaard, A Royal Affair11
Peter Sarsgaard, Robot & Frank11
Senior Chief Miller, Act of Valor11
Victor Garber, Argo11
Will Sasso, The Three Stooges11
Zachary Booth, Keep the Lights On11

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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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