Film Poll 2013

Votes by Matthew Wilder

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Joaquin Phoenix, Her
2. Josh Brolin, Oldboy
3. Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress

1. Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color
2. Amy Adams, American Hustle
3. Scarlett Johansson, Her

Best Supporting Actress

1. Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
2. Melissa McCarthy, The Hangover Part III
3. Melissa Leo, Olympus Has Fallen

Best Supporting Actor

1. Javier Bardem, To the Wonder
2. John Goodman, Inside Llewyn Davis
3. Mathieu Amalric, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Best Undistributed Film

1. Closed Curtain

Best Director

David O. Russell,

Best Screenplay

American Hustle

Best Documentary

At Berkeley

Best First Feature


Worst Film

Frances Ha

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How the Film Poll Works

This year, 96 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.

Update: A correction — and an upset! We originally listed Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis as the winner in our film poll's best actor category. According to our first round of poll math, he had just barely edged out Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave. After publishing the results, we discovered that we had missed three misspellings of Ejiofor's name in critics' ballots, which meant three Ejiofor votes weren't added to the actor's official total.

After a few more rounds of bug-stomping -- you wouldn't believe how many ways critics can spell names like "Scarlett Johansson" or "Adèle Exarchopoulos" -- we're pleased to announce that Ejiofor has edged out Isaac by two votes, proving once again that poor Llewyn Davis just can't win. Thanks again to everyone who voted. The Voice regrets the error.

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