Film Poll 2014

Votes by Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly &

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Michael Keaton, Birdman
2. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
3. Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Best Actress

1. Reese Witherspoon, Wild
2. Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
3. Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars

Best Supporting Actress

1. Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
2. Laura Dern, Wild
3. Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor

1. J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
2. Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
3. Edward Norton, Birdman

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay


Best Documentary

Life Itself

Best First Feature

Damien Chazelle

Best Animated Feature

The LEGO Movie

Worst Film

Inherent Vice

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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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