Indiewire Ranked the Best Films and Performances from the 51st New York Film Festival


nebraskaI absolutely love making lists. We all do, but by now you guys and gals all know that I dig any excuse to rank the best of something, especially film related. Most recently, it was the 2013 incarnation of the New York Film Festival, which you can take a look at here if you haven’t already. As a member of the Criticwire network of writers over at Indiewire, I was given an opportunity to expand somewhat on the list I wrote here of the ten best things I saw at the fest. For this list, we were asked to rank the five best in various NYFF related categories, and I was one of many who was asked to vote. The full results can be seen here and I’m more than willing to share my ballot with anyone that’s interested (it can actually be seen on the site, and just as an FYI, I saw 12 Years a Slave at a private screening last month as opposed to the very recent NYFF P&I screening that played at the tail end of the fest, so I didn’t include it in any of the categories, though others obviously did, and rightly so), but below you can see the top vote getters in each category. I think there’s some fascinating choices, and definitely not just my tastes reflected in the poll, so take a look:

Here’s how we all voted in this poll, and if you click on each category, you can see who ranked each film or performance the highest. Behold:

Best Supporting Performance

1. June Squibb for Nebraska
2. Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
3. Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
4. Scarlett Johansson for Her
5. Léa Seydoux for Blue is the Warmest Color

Best Lead Performance

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
2. Adèle Exarchopoulos for Blue is the Warmest Color
3. Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips
4. Joaquin Phoenix for Her
5. Isabelle Huppert for Abuse of Weakness

Best Director

1. Spike Jonze for Her
2. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
3. Alexander Payne for Nebraska
4. Joel & Ethan Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis
5. Claire Denis for Bastards

Best Ensemble

1. Nebraska
2. Inside Llewyn Davis
3. 12 Years a Slave
4. Her
5. Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Feature

1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Her
3. Nebraska
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. A Touch of Sin

Best Scene

1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Nebraska
3. Captain Phillips
4. Her
5. Inside Llewyn Davis

Biggest Surprise

1. Her
2. The Square
3. Only Lovers Left Alive
4. Tim’s Vermeer
5. 12 Years a Slave

Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!