International Online Film Critics Poll Announce Biennial Winners

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Late last December, I received an email invitation to participate in the 4th International Online Film Critics Poll, a biennial poll of over 100 film critics from all around the world (including critics in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, India, Italy, Kygyzstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, and of course, the USA). Pretty cool, huh!

Honored by the invitation, I graciously accepted. Why not, right? I also found out that my friend and colleague Hans Morgenstern of Independent Ethos was a participant in this year’s poll. When I inquired about the list of films eligibile, I was told that my nomination ballot could include any film released in US theaters from January 1, 2013 to December 20, 2014. The reason why the poll includes more than one year in its eligibility period is to allow for the comparison of different film seasons. Fascinating! I wonder how all Best Picture Oscar winners would stack up against each other if the Academy had conducted something like this every decade.

Like the Academy, the IOFCP’s polling process consisted of an initial round of voting in which each critic submitted their five nominees in 14 categories followed by a final round in which the critics voted for their favorite finalist. The entire list of winners and nominees, plus my ballot, is listed below.

This week, the IOFCP announced their winners and winning top honors as Best Film of the last two years was Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age critical darling. Other finalists for the Best Film prize were Steve McQueen’s harrowing 2013 Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s dramedy Birdman (this season’s Oscar frontrunner), Wes Anderson’s madcap The Grand Budapest Hotel i.e. my favorite film of 2014, and Martin Scorsese’s controversial and divisive The Wolf of Wall Street.

Linklater’s film was also highlighted for its direction and Patricia Aquette’s performance in the Best Supporting Actress category. Other acting winners of the biennual poll included runaway Oscar frontrunner J.K. Simmons as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a ruthless jazz instructor in Whiplash, last year’s Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as Best Actress for her work in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and Michael Keaton as Best Actor for his performance as a has-been movie star trying to launch a show on Broadway in Birdman.

Both writing categories were won by 2013 Oscar winners. Spike Jonze’s Her won the Best Original Screenplay prize vote while 12 Years a Slave was judged to as having the Best Adapted Screenplay.

As for the craft categories, the winners were split between two films: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, which nabbed Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. Anderson’s film was also awarded Best Ensemble Cast.

Founded in 2007, the IOFCP is the only biennial poll of film critics from all around the world. Previous IOFCP Best Film award winners include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011-2012), Inglourious Basterds (2009-2010) and Slumdog Millionaire (2007-2008). More information can be found on their website.

 

4th Biennial International Online Film Critics Poll Results:

(My votes are marked with an asterisk)

 

BEST PICTURE

12 Years a Slave
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel*
The Wolf of Wall Street

TOP TEN FILMS (alphabetical list)

12 Years a Slave
Blue is the Warmest Color
Birdman
Boyhood
Her
Ida
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
The Great Beauty
The Imitation Game
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel*
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Paolo Sorrentino – The Great Beauty         
Roman Polanski – Venus in Fur

BEST ACTOR

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Mads Mikkelsen – The Hunt*

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine*
Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash*

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave*
June Squibb – Nebraska
Emma Stone – Birdman

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

12 Years a Slave
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel*
The Imitation Game

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman
Boyhood
Calvary
Her
The Grand Budapest Hotel*

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

12 Years a Slave
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Snowpiercer
The Wolf of Wall Street*

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman
Gravity*
The Great Beauty
Ida
Nebraska

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel*
Gravity
Her
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner

BEST EDITING

Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gravity*
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gravity
Her
The Imitation Game
Interstellar*

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Gravity*
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

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REUBEN PEREIRA’S IOFCP BALLOT

Best Picture

Before Midnight
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gravity
Whiplash
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Richard Linklater – Before Midnight
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Mads Mikklesen – The Hunt

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
James Franco – Spring Breakers
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
June Squibb – Nebraska

Best Ensemble Cast

American Hustle
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Selma
12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Her
Whiplash

Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight
Gone Girl
Short Term 12
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Cinematography

Gravity
Her
Ida
Rush
Stoker

Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gravity
Her
Inherent Vice
12 Years a Slave

Best Editing

Edge of Tomorrow
Gravity
Rush
Whiplash
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gravity
Her
Interstellar
Rush

Best Visual Effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Gravity
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
Pacific Rim

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