Film Poll 2013
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DIRECTOR VOTES MENTIONS
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave1415
Spike Jonze, Her1112
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity79
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color46
Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis44
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street44
Claire Denis, Bastards34
David O. Russell, American Hustle33
Richard Linklater, Before Midnight23
Carlos Reygadas, Post Tenebras Lux22
Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel, Leviathan22
Alexander Payne, Nebraska12
Matias Pineiro, Viola12
Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty12
Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is the Warmest Color11
Alexandre Moors, Blue Caprice11
Andrew Bujalski, Computer Chess11
Asghar Farhadi, The Past11
Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Hills11
Frederick Wiseman, At Berkeley11
Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger11
Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim11
Jem Cohen, Museum Hours11
Johnnie To, Drug War11
Jonas Mekas, Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man11
Margarethe Von Trotta, Hannah Arendt11
Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives11
Noah Baumbach, Frances Ha11
Paul Greenglass, Captian Phillips11
Ulrich Seidl, Paradise: Love11
Ulrich Seidl, Paradise: Faith11
Raul Ruiz, Night Across the Street02
Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell02
Edgar Wright, The World's End01
Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers01
Jia Zhangke, A Touch of Sin01

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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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