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A Few Notable Indiewire Critics Poll Ballots

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by Matt Singer
December 21, 2012 4:20 PM
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"Sun Don't Shine."

I could spend hours poring over the Indiewire Critics Poll. And I pretty much did today, searching through our directory of critics and looking at their choices. Some readers have been asking for the ability to scan each critic's ballot at a glance and to see which movies were voted for by what critics; in the meantime, I thought I would just reprint a few notable ballots for your perusal.

These are just fifteen critics, less than 10% of the over 200 who voted in this year's Indiewire Critics Poll. And it's not even their whole ballots -- rather than include their entire top ten list or all their favorite performances, I'm just giving you their number ones (if you click on any name below, it'll will take you to that critics' full list of picks). These are not my favorite votes, or the most important critics or anything like that. I just thought it would be nice to have a few notable ballots from a variety of critics: some print, some digital, some old school, some new school, some full-time writers, some editors and even a programmer or two. Some people look at these sorts of polls only to find out who "won." I'm always more interested in the diversity of opinion. And there's plenty of that here.

Also, Amy Taubin picked "The Dark Knight Rises" as the best ensemble of 2012. For some reason, I find that totally awesome.

A Few Notable Ballots From the 2012 Indiewire Critics Poll

Thelma AdamsYahoo! Movies:

Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Performance: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Performance: Amy Adams, "The Master"
Best Ensemble: "Cloud Atlas"
Best Screenplay: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best First Feature: "Francine"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Anna Karenina"
Best Documentary: "The Central Park Five"

Ryland AldrichTwitch:

Best Film: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Performance: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors"
Best Supporting Performance: James Gandolfini, "Killing Them Softly"
Best Ensemble: "Killing Them Softly"
Best Screenplay: "Argo"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Documentary: "Shut Up and Play the Hits"

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice:

Best Film: "Amour"
Best Director: Michael Haneke, "Amour"
Best Performance: Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Amour"
Best Supporting Performance: Riley Keough, "Jack and Diane"
Best Ensemble: "Amour"
Best Screenplay: "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Cosmopolis"
Best Documentary: "This is Not a Film"

Steve GreeneCriticwire:

Best Film: "The Imposter"
Best Director: Wes Anderson, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Performance: Frederic Bourdin, "The Imposter"
Best Supporting Performance: Scoot McNairy, "Killing Them Softly"
Best Ensemble: "Damsels in Distress"
Best Screenplay: "Lincoln"
Best First Feature: "Chronicle"
Best Documentary: "The Imposter"
Best Undistributed Film: "Persistence of Vision"

Tim GriersonScreen International:

Best Film: "The Turin Horse"
Best Director: Bela Tarr, "The Turin Horse"
Best Performance: Ann Dowd, "Compliance"
Best Supporting Performance: Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"
Best Ensemble: "Compliance"
Best Screenplay: "Compliance"
Best First Feature: "Room 237"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "The Turin Horse"
Best Documentary: "Room 237"

Eugene HernandezFilm Society of Lincoln Center:

Best Film: "Holy Motors" 
Best Director: Leos Carax, "Holy Motors"
Best Performance: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors"
Best Supporting Performance: Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Ensemble: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Screenplay: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Documentary: "How to Survive a Plague"
Best Undistributed Film: "Inori"

Caryn JamesIndiewire:

Best Film: "Amour"
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Performance: Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Amour"
Best Supporting Performance: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Best Ensemble: "Django Unchained"
Best Screenplay: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Glenn KennyMSN Movies:

Best Film: "The Master"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Performance: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Best Supporting Performance: Magic McConaughey, "Magic Mike"
Best Ensemble: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Screenplay: "Looper"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Documentary: "This Is Not a Film"
Best Undistributed Film: "Traveling Light"

Michael KoreskyReverse Shot:

Best Film: "The Deep Blue Sea"
Best Director: Terence Davies, "The Deep Blue Sea"
Best Performance: Clarke Peters, "Red Hook Summer"
Best Supporting Performance: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Best Ensemble: "I Wish"
Best Screenplay: "Lincoln"
Best First Feature: "You Are Here"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Bernie" 
Best Documentary: "This Is Not a Film"

Ray PrideMovie City News:

Best Film: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Director: Joachim Trier, "Oslo, August 31st"
Best Performance: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Supporting Performance: Samuel L. Jackson, "Django Unchained"
Best Ensemble: "The Master"
Best Screenplay: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Documentary: "This Is Not a Film"

Vadim RizovGreenCine:

Best Film: "Generation P"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Performance: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Supporting Performance: Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"
Best Ensemble: "Damsels in Distress"
Best Screenplay: "Tabu"
Best First Feature: "Only the Young"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "The Turin Horse"
Best Documentary: "Only the Young"
Best Undistributed Film: "Thursday Through Sunday"

Nick Schager, Slant Magazine:

Best Film: "The Master"
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Performance: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Supporting Performance: Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"
Best Ensemble: "The Master"
Best Screenplay: "Lincoln"
Best First Feature: "Neighbouring Sounds"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "The Master"
Best Documentary: "Photographic Memory"

David SterrittTikkun:

Best Film: "Amour"
Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia"
Best Performance: Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Best Supporting Performance: Irrfan Khan, "Life of Pi"
Best Ensemble: "Anna Karenina"
Best Screenplay: "Footnote"
Best First Feature: "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Best Documentary: "The Gatekeepers"

Amy Taubin, Film Comment:

Best Film: "Cosmopolis"
Best Director: David Cronenberg, "Cosmopolis"
Best Performance: Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Amour"
Best Supporting Performance: Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"
Best Ensemble: "The Dark Knight Rises"
Best Screenplay: "Amour"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Documentary: "The Gatekeepers"
Best Undistributed Film: "Our Children"

Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood:

Best Film: "Life of Pi"
Best Director: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Best Performance: Denis Lavant, "Holy Motors"
Best Supporting Performance: Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Best Ensemble: "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Screenplay: "Lincoln"
Best First Feature: "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Best Original Score or Soundtrack: "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Documentary: "The House I Live In"
Best Undistributed Film: "Sun Don't Shine"

Read more of Indiewire's 2012 Critics Poll.

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