The 2012 Village Voice Film Critic's Poll

Movies are alive in the Age of McConaughey.

Back in 2008, reviewing McConaughey's "performance" in the limp adventure comedy Fool's Gold, I wrote that "there's something depressing about watching a fortysomething refugee from a Jimmy Buffett concert spend two hours of screen time trying to get rich quick." This year, though, the actor was nothing short of exhilarating each and every time he appeared on-screen, and there is more to come in 2013, with the promise of a juicy supporting role in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and the lead in a longtime pet project, The Dallas Buyers Club, about a homophobic Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS. This alone feels like a reason to believe in the future of movies.

2012 Village Voice Film Poll Results

Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike.
Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike.

Best film:

1. The Master (333 points; 46 mentions)

2. Zero Dark Thirty (296 points; 43 mentions)

3. Holy Motors (295 points; 46 mentions)

4. Moonrise Kingdom (233 points; 38 mentions)

5. This Is Not a Film (186 points; 28 mentions)

6. Amour (168 points; 28 mentions)

7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (151 points; 23 mentions)

8. The Turin Horse (127 points; 17 mentions)

9. Lincoln (121 points; 19 mentions)

10. Tabu (115 points; 15 mentions)

Best Actress

1. Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea (72 points; 30 mentions)

2. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (59 points; 31 mentions)

3. Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (49 points; 22 mentions)

4. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (37 points; 12 mentions)

5. Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild (26 points; 12 mentions)

Best Actor

1. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master (106 points; 46 mentions)

2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors (90 points; 40 mentions)

3. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (63 points; 36 mentions)

4. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour (30 points; 14 mentions)

5. Jack Black, Bernie (24 points; 14 mentions)

Best Supporting Actress

1. Amy Adams, The Master (51 points; 26 mentions)

2. Ann Dowd, Compliance (34 points; 15 mentions)

3. Sally Field, Lincoln (32 points; 15 mentions)

4. Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables (25 points; 12 mentions)

5. Shirley MacLaine, Bernie (22 points; 11 mentions)

Best Supporting Actor

1. Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike (59 points; 26 mentions)

2. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln (38 points; 18 mentions)

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master (32 points; 14 mentions)

4. Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty (18 points; 11 mentions)

5. Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe (18 points; 6 mentions)

Best Undistributed Film

Everybody in Our Family

Best Documentary

This Is Not a Film

Best First Feature

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature


Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Best Screenplay

Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Breakthrough

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Worst Film

Cloud Atlas

For complete results, an explanation of methodology, and to see which critic awarded Best Supporting Actress to Tyler Perry, visit

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