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Criticwire at Toronto: 'The Master' Tops Best Films/Performances Poll

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Indiewire September 17, 2012 at 11:00AM

More than 40 Criticwire members submitted their top picks in five categories: best narrative film, best documentary, best lead performance, best supporting performance and most disappointing film. For TIFF observers, the results are both predictable and surprising.
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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: Aggregate Score - (First-Place Votes) - Number of Mentions)

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

1. The Master – 67 – (9) – 18

2. Silver Linings Playbook – 46 – (3) – 14

3. The Place Beyond the Pines  – 35 – (4) – 8 

4. Frances Ha – 32 – (1) – 11

5. Argo – 29 – (3) - 8

6. Spring Breakers– 26 – (0) – 10

7. Amour – 23 – (1) – 8

8. Tabu – 19 – (3) - 4

9. The Impossible – 18 – (3) – 4

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower  – 17 – (2) – 6 

Also Receiving First Place Votes: "To the Wonder," "Berberian Sound Studio," "Anna Karenina," "Like Someone in Love," "Dormant Beauty," "Viola," "The Fifth Season," "The Last TIme I Saw Macao," "Hannah Arendt," "Student," "Stories We Tell," "Everyday," "Post Tenebras Lux"

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Stories We Tell – 60 – (10) – 13

2. Leviathan – 54 – (7) – 13

3. The Act of Killing – 53 – (6) - 12

4. Room 237 – 39 – (1) – 10

5. The Gatekeepers  – 32 – (2) – 9 

6. The Central Park Five– 25 – (2) – 7

7. Bestiaire – 18 – (1) – 6

8. West of Memphis – 12 – (2) - 3

9. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners – 12 – (0) – 4

10. Three Sisters – 12 – (1) – 4 

Also Receiving First Place Votes: "Venus and Serena," "Storm Surfers 3D," "The Last Time I Saw Macao," "A World Not Ours,"

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM

1. To the Wonder – 46 – (6) – 11

2. The Master – 31 – (4) – 8

3. At Any Price – 25 – (1) – 7

4. Passion – 24 – (1) - 6

5. A Liar's Autobiography – 18 – (1) – 5 

6. Hyde Park on Hudson – 17 – (2) – 5

7. Imogene – 17 – (1) – 7

8. Yellow – 16 – (2) - 4

9. The Place Beyond the Pines – 16 – (1) – 4

10. The Impossible  – 15 – (3) – 3 

Also Receiving First Place Votes: "Penance," "Cloud Atlas," "God Loves Caviar," "Reincarnated," "Frances Ha," "Midnight's Children," "Ginger and Rosa," "Looper," "Mekong Hotel," "Sightseers," "Call Girl," "Capital"

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

1. Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master" – 109 – (18) – 24

2. Greta Gerwig, "Frances Ha" – 50 – (5) – 13

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master" – 39 – (1) – 13

4. Elle Fanning, "Ginger and Rosa" – 27 – (4) – 7

5. Marion Cotillard, "Rust and Bone" – 24 – (2) – 8

6. John Hawkes, "The Sessions" – 20 – (1) – 6

7. Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook" – 19 – (1) – 7

8. Mads Mikkelsen, "The Hunt" – 16 – (2) – 5

9. Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" – 16 – (0) – 5

10. Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Amour" – 13 – (0) – 4

10. Alice Lowe, "Sightseers" – 13 – (2) – 3

Also Receiving First Place Votes: Michael Shannon, "The Iceman"; Ryan Gosling, "The Place Beyond the Pines"; Steve Oram, "Sightseers"; Toni Servillo, "Dormant Beauty"; Kristoffer Joner, "All That Matters is Past"; Shirley Henderson, "Everyday"

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

1. Amy Adams, "The Master" – 46 – (4) – 14

2. James Franco, "Spring Breakers" – 36 – (3) – 10

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master" – 28 – (5) – 6

4. Christopher Walken, "Seven Psychopaths" – 23 – (2) – 7

5. Nicole Kidman, "The Paperboy" – 20 – (3) – 5

6. Helen Hunt, "The Sessions" – 19 – (1) – 5

7. Jude Law, "Anna Karenina" – 18 – (2) – 4

8. Alan Arkin, "Argo" – 18 – (1) – 7

9. Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook" – 18 – (1) – 5

10. Christopher Walken, "A Late Quartet" – 15 – (3) – 3

Also Receiving First Place Votes: Ezra Miller, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"; Mickey Sumner, "Frances Ha"; Michael Peña, "End of Watch"; Dane DeHaan, "The Place Beyond the Pines"; Annette Bening, "Ginger and Rosa"; Noam Chomsky, "Far from Afghanistan"; Scoot McNairy, "Argo"; Arbaaz Khan, "Mumbai's King"; Ashley Benson, "Spring Breakers"; Jim Broadbent, "Cloud Atlas"; The Cast of "The We and the I"; Jeanne Moreau, "Gebo and the Shadow"; Janet McTeer, "Hannah Arendt"; William H. Macy, "The Sessions"; John Simm, "Everyday"

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