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Surprise! 'The Master' Tops Our End-of-Venice Poll

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire September 10, 2012 at 11:02AM

Paul Thomas Anderson's film proved to the juggernaught of this year's Venice Film Festival, handily taking both top film and performances in our Criticwire wrap-up poll.
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[Note: Scores for individual categories were tabulated on a simple weighted scale, with a first-place vote earning five points, second place earning 4 points, and so on. Critics could list fewer than five for a particular category or abstain from one altogether.]

(LEGEND: Film or Performance: Number of Mentions - (First-Place Votes) - Aggregate Score)

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Master – 8 – (4) – 28

2. A Hijacking – 3 – (1) – 12

3. Spring Breakers – 3 – (1) - 11

4. Paradise: Faith – 4 – (0) – 10

5. La cinquième saison  – 3 – (1) – 10 

Also Receiving First Place Votes: “Me Too," "Wadjda"

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master" – 8 – (4) – 30

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master" – 6 – (3) – 24

3. Maria Hofstätter, "Paradise: Faith" – 4 – (2) – 16

4. Franziska Petri, "Betrayal" – 4 – (0) – 11

5. Nora Aunor, "Thy Womb" – 2 – (0) – 7

Also Receiving First Place Votes: Alexander Morin, "Me Too"; James Franco, "Spring Breakers"

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Amy Adams, "The Master" – 5 – (2) – 20

2. James Franco, "Spring Breakers" – 2 – (1) – 9

3. Irit Sheleg, "Fill the Void" – 2 – (1) – 8

4. Abdihakin Asgar, "A Hijacking" – 2 – (0) – 5

T5. Kim Dickens, "At Any Price" – 1 – (1) – 5

T5. Ben Affleck, “To the Wonder” – 1 – (1) – 5

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Criticwire Member Ballots:

Kaleem Aftab, The Independent

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Wadjda

2. At Any Price

3. The Master

4. Tai Chi 0

5. The Reluctant Fundamentalist

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Stories We Tell

2. Bad 25

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

2. Reem Abdullah, “Wadjda”

3. Riz Ahmed, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”

Beatrice Behn

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Spring Breakers

2. La cinquième saison

3. Paradise: Faith

4. The Master

5. Betrayal

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Maria Hofstätter, “Paradise: Faith”

2. Franziska Petri, “Betrayal”

3. Nora Aunor, “Thy Womb”

4. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

5. Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. James Franco, “Spring Breakers”

2. Amy Adams, “The Master”

3. Hadas Yaron, “Fill the Void”

4. John Malkovich, “Lines of Wellington”

5. Lola Créton, “Something in the Air”

Frédéric Jaeger, critic.de

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Master

2. Something in the Air

3. Passion

4. Paradise: Faith

5. Leones

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Maria Hofstätter, “Paradise: Faith”

2. Noomi Rapace, “Passion”

3. Nora Aunor, “Thy Womb”

4. Clément Métayer, “Something in the Air”

5. Takeshi Kitano, “Outrage Beyond”

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Ben Affleck, “To the Wonder”

2. Javier Bardem, “To the Wonder”

3. Carole Combes, “Something in the Air”

4. Amy Adams, “The Master”

5. Isabelle Carré, “Cherchez Hortense”

Manolis Kranakis, Flix.gr

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Master

2. Pieta

3. At Any Price

4. Penance

5. La cinquième saison

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Joaquin Phoenix/Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

2. Dennis Quaid, “At Any Price”

3. Kad Merad, “Superstar”

4. Cho Min-Soo, “Pieta”

5. Lee Jung-jin, “Pieta”

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Amy Adams, “The Master”

2. Cécile De France, “Superstar”

Guy Lodge, Hitfix

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Master

2. Betrayal

3. A Hijacking

4. To the Wonder

5. Fill the Void

[BEST DOCUMENTARY: Stories We Tell]

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

2. Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

3. Franziska Petri, “Betrayal”

4. Hadas Yaron, “Fill the Void”

5. Soren Malling, “A Hijacking”

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Kim Dickens, “At Any Price”

2. Amy Adams, “The Master”

3. Irit Sheleg, “Fill the Void”

4. Susan Sarandon, “The Company You Keep”

5. Gary Skjoldmose Porter, “A Hijacking”

Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. A Hijacking

2. To the Wonder

3. Paradise: Faith

4. The Master

5. Something in the Air

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Stories We Tell

2. Bad 25

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

2. Pilou Asbaek, “A Hijacking”

3. Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

4. Maria Hofstätter, “Paradise: Faith”

5. Dennis Quaid, “At Any Price”

(Honorable Mention for an excellent performance in a bad film - Riz Ahmed, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist")

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Amy Adams, “The Master”

2. James Franco, “Spring Breakers”

3. Abdihakin Asgar, “A Hijacking”

4. Adriano Luz, “Lines of Wellington”

5. Alexandra Dahlstrom, “Blondie”

(Honorable Mention for excellent performances in a bad film - Jason Bateman & Frank Grillo, "Disconnect")

Matt Mueller, Thompson on Hollywood

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Master

2. Something in the Air

3. Disconnect

4. The Iceman

5. At Any Price

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Stories We Tell

2. Enzo Avitabile Music Life

3. Bad 25

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

2. Michael Shannon, “The Iceman”

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

4. Winona Ryder, “The Iceman”

5. Jason Bateman, “Disconnect”

Anna Tatarska, Fandor/KINO

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. La cinquième saison

2. Spring Breakers

3. Fill the Void

4. Paradise: Faith

5. The Master

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Stories We Tell

2. Anton’s Right Here

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. James Franco, “Spring Breakers”

2. Maria Hofstätter, “Paradise: Faith”

3. Franziska Petri, “Betrayal”

4. Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

5. Vanessa Hudgens, “Spring Breakers”

Neil Young, Film Lounge

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. Me Too

2. A Hijacking

3. Fill the Void

4. Spring Breakers

5. A Special Day

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. The Triplet

2. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

3. Stories We Tell

4. Three Sisters

5. Anton’s Right Here

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Alexander Mosin, “Me Too”

2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

3. Michael Lonsdale, “Gebo and the Shadow”

4. Franziska Petri, “Betrayal”

5. Tan Zhuo, “Lotus”

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Irit Sheleg, “Fill the Void”

2. Jurij Matveyev, “Me Too”

3. Leonor Silveira, “Gebo and the Shadow”

4. Abdihakin Asgar, “A Hijacking”

5. Nabil Seleh, “Paradise: Faith”

This article is related to: Venice Film Festival, The Master, Spring Breakers, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, James Franco, Ben Affleck


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