Film Poll 2013

Votes by Michael Koresky
The Criterion Collection/Reverse Shot

Best Film

Best Actor

1. Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
2. Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
3. Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Actress

1. Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
2. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
3. Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills

Best Supporting Actress

1. Tao Zhao, A Touch of Sin
2. Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
3. Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor

1. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
2. Valeriu Andriuta, Beyond the Hills
3. Israel Broussard, The Bling Ring

Best Undistributed Film

1. Stray Dogs
2. When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism
3. Jealousy

Best Director

Richard Linklater,

Best Screenplay

Before Midnight

Best Documentary


Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises

Worst Film

At Any Price

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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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