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Indiewire's Critics Poll Names 'Holy Motors' the Best Film of 2012

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire December 18, 2012 at 10:01AM

This year's poll featured a record 202 critics and 1,862 ballots.
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"Holy Motors."
"Holy Motors."

202 critics voted. 1,862 ballots were cast. And when it was all said and done, "Holy Motors," Leos Carax's glorious celebration of cinema past, present, and future, was chosen as the Best Film of 2012 in the annual Indiewire Critics Poll. The film's star, Denis Lavant, also won the Best Performance category.

The members of the Criticwire Network were also fans of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which came in second in our Best Film category to "Holy Motors," and took home two awards: Best Supporting Performance (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Best Original Soundtrack or Score. Additional winners include Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") for Best Director, a title she previously won in the 2009 Indiewire Critics poll, Tony Kushner ("Lincoln") for Best Screenplay, and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") for Best First Feature.

Here's the full list of winners of the 2012 Indiewire Critics Poll:

Best Film: "Holy Motors"
Best Performance: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors"
Best Supporting Performance: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
Best Original Soundtrack or Score: "The Master"
Best Ensemble: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Documentary: "This Is Not a Film"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Undistributed Film: "Sun Don't Shine"

This is the sixth annual Indiewire Critics Poll; past Best Film winners include "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," "There Will Be Blood," "The Flight of the Red Balloon," "Summer Hours," "The Social Network," and "The Tree of Life." If you'd like to see my ballot, you can find it on my Criticwire Network page.

Speaking of which: our thanks to everyone in our Criticwire Network who voted in our poll in record numbers -- the site (not to mention this blog) would be worthless without their contributions this week and throughout the entire year. Click below to dive into the full poll results -- we'll have more coverage and analysis of the results all week here on Criticwire. 

Read all of the results from Indiewire's 2012 Critics Poll, plus Eric Kohn's take on the results.

This article is related to: 2012 Critics Polls, Awards, Critics' Poll, Holy Motors


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