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Cannes 2014 Critics Poll Results

Immediately following last year's Cannes Film Festival, the film that dominated headlines also dominated our critics poll. "Blue is the Warmest Color" handily won all four of the high-profile categories (Film, Director, Lead and Supporting Performance) on the strength of its Palme d'Or selection.

The lack of a clear-cut fest favorite made for an interesting set of results in this year's version, but the nearly 40 critics that voted in our poll did collectively select a few noteworthy titles. The Dardenne Brothers' "Two Days, One Night," which many had pegged for the festival's top prize, claimed the top overall spot in the Best Film category, appearing on 17 ballots.

As usual for Cannes, the performance categories featured a potent mix of actors well-known to mainstream audiences as well as some emerging stars from the global cinema arena. Timothy Spall's leading turn in Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" appeared on the most ballots of any selection in any category, gracing half of the overall Lead Performance ballots. Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche both finished in the Lead Performance top five as well. But frequent Xavier Dolan collaborator Anne Dorval ultimately topped them all for her lead turn as the titular "Mommy" in the film that shared Cannes' Grand Prix. Haluk Bilginer, from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep" rounded out the upper tier of the front-of-camera leads.

Kristen Stewart's work in Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" garnered a first-place finish in the Supporting Performance list. In fact, if you throw in the handful of votes she also received for Lead Performance, she'd be tied with Dorval for the most overall ballot points of any performer. Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" also received spread-out acclaim, with its central acting triumvirate each appearing on their fair share of lists. Mark Ruffalo finished just behind Stewart, while Channing Tatum and Steve Carell each received a high combined total between mentions for Lead and Supporting. JK Simmons continued his impressive 2014 festival run, with a few more votes on top of his Sundance Best Supporting Performance in Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash."

The traditional Best Film/Best Director overlap was on display this year, with the same top 6 in each, albeit in slightly different order. International wunderkind Dolan placed first in the Director tally, a significant margin ahead of the brotherly duo more than three decades his senior.

The fifth and final category, Best Screenplay, went to the only film to receive an A+ review on Indiewire during the festivities. Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin's work on "Leviathan" narrowly edged out "Winter Sleep" by a single point. At a combined five and a half hours between the two films, these two seem to have proven that, while not as marketable come theatrical distribution time, these lengthier films have critical value from the ground up.





go to the source to see the more detailed results + results of the screenplay poll.
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sweet_heloise 28th-May-2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm shocked Kristen Stewart is getting good reviews for her performance in something.
whiskybars 28th-May-2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
she always gets good reviews for her non-twilight films, this isn't really that shocking
sweet_heloise 28th-May-2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
I heard she was forgettable/bad in Camp X-Ray.
_pinkpornstar_ 29th-May-2014 02:07 am (UTC)
if her performance is anything better than "terrible" people cheer.
khays 28th-May-2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
Those ice cream cones look so unsatisfying.
la_petite_singe 28th-May-2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for Mr. Turner. I adore J.M.W. Turner, and Mike Leigh's filmmaking style is just everything to me. I love that immersive shit. <3
jongdashian 28th-May-2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
im looking forward to the search, it's had mixed reviews(?) but im excited to see a drama about the second chechen war
wheresandrae 28th-May-2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
it was almost as negatively recieved as the ryan reynolds movie The Captive
jongdashian 28th-May-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
that's disappointing.. i'll still watch it though
taecish 28th-May-2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
i am so happy that godard's film is slaying
whiskybars 28th-May-2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
ugh i'm dying to see mommy
wheresandrae 28th-May-2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
mte a distributor needs to pick it up asap
whiskybars 28th-May-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
it still hasn't been picked up by anyone??? jfc
amkf 28th-May-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
I think the atypical aspect ratios he uses massively impacts how difficult distribution is for his films. Andrea Arnold has the same problem, but her films also have friendlier content.
luna_potterhead 28th-May-2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
Same, and even though I found a stream, hopefully it means Tom at the Farm will get picked up as well.
wheresandrae 28th-May-2014 07:15 pm (UTC)

sher_locked0 28th-May-2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
He's so adorable.
miwa201 28th-May-2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
lol at suzanne
wheresandrae 28th-May-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
the reason I posted this one tbh
malorn 28th-May-2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
I love this.
zemie 30th-May-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
deluminator 28th-May-2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for Mommy and Two Days, One Night.
callmeperhaps 28th-May-2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
I want to watch Winter Sleep?
sher_locked0 28th-May-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
Can Dolan's films get distribution please?
wheresandrae 28th-May-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Seriously. The fact that Laurence Anyways had to get picked up by such a shitty distributor, that it took I Killed my Mother 3 years to come out, the fact Tom at the Farm STILL doesn't have distribution... Mommy better get picked up or play NYFF, or I'm gonna be pissed.
luna_potterhead 28th-May-2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
I got halfway through Tom at the Farm and haven't gone back yet. What are your thoughts on it?
thisjoanissima 28th-May-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
No Julianne Moore on the list. Interesting.
luna_potterhead 28th-May-2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
dr0012 29th-May-2014 12:03 pm (UTC)
How so?
wheresandrae 29th-May-2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
she won best actress
honeynutcherri 28th-May-2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see numbers 1-3 for Best Film. Is Mommy anything like "I Killed My Mother"?
walkintowalls99 28th-May-2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Mia could've been in the Sils Maria movie were it not for the fucking Alice sequel. GDIAF, Disney, thank you.
wheresandrae 28th-May-2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Mia is the most boring lifeless starlet holywood has though
walkintowalls99 28th-May-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
In your dreams.
nineteensix196 28th-May-2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Nothing against her, but I can't find the lie
_pinkpornstar_ 29th-May-2014 02:09 am (UTC)
she really is

I mean, Kstew is a worse actress but Mia is straight up forgettable
turnupthejamz 28th-May-2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
The part was written for Kristen though, so she was the first choice anyway. Mia got the part when Kristen couldnt do it because of a filming contract
wonderplum 28th-May-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
here for xavier dolan & anne dorval
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