2013 CAST Awards Announcement

Spike Jonze - Her
A con­vin­cing win for Spike Jonze’s Her
(UPDATE: January 9): Thanks to the gen­tle­men of MAMO we were able to record another CASTcast this year. Check it out over on RowThree but be warned: it’s about as long as Prisoners but con­sid­er­ably more fun.

I’m very pleased to announce the res­ults of the 4th edi­tion of the CAST Awards. I received 33 com­pleted bal­lots from film lov­ers in the Greater Toronto Area. Here are the CAST Top 25 voted from among all films that had a the­at­rical or fest­ival release in Toronto dur­ing 2013. Voters ranked up to 10 films on their bal­lot from top to bot­tom, with first choices receiv­ing 10 points, second choices 9, etc. The Points column lists the total score for each film, the Mentions column indic­ates the num­ber of bal­lots it appeared on, and the First column indic­ates the total num­ber of voters who chose the film as their top choice. I’m proud of the group of crit­ics we’ve gathered, even though I’ve described us else­where as “a ragtag group of semi-pro­fes­sional film blog­gers, tweeters and Lightbox lobby loiter­ers.” 142 dif­fer­ent films received at least one men­tion this year, although 101 of those received only one men­tion.

FILM TITLE
POINTS
MENTIONS
FIRST
1. Her 149 18 5
2. 12 Years a Slave 124 16 6
3. Before Midnight 100 16 2
4. Gravity 81 14 2
5. Inside Llewyn Davis 52 11 0
6. Mud 49 9 1
7. Frances Ha 47 7 2
8. The Wolf of Wall Street 43 7 0
9. Upstream Color 42 7 0
10. Dallas Buyers Club 41 5 2
11. Blue is the Warmest Color 40 8 0
12. The Broken Circle Breakdown 38 6 0
13. Museum Hours 29 4 2
14. Stoker 29 6 0
15. Spring Breakers 26 6 0
16. The Act of Killing 26 4 0
17. The Strange Little Cat 26 4 0
18. Pacific Rim 24 3 0
19. Belle 21 3 1
20. Under the Skin 21 3 1
21. Short Term 12 20 6 0
22. Nebraska 20 4 0
23. Frozen 20 3 0
24. American Hustle 19 4 0
25. All Is Lost 17 3 1


Participants:

Here is a PDF with each person’s bal­lot and the col­lated res­ults, with a few more inter­est­ing stats included.

And here is a very nice list on Letterboxd of the entire list of films, roughly ranked.
And for those still read­ing, here is my very own CAST bal­lot, with my top ten from 2013.

My CAST Ballot

  1. Her
  2. Frances Ha
  3. The Act of Killing
  4. The Square
  5. Club Sandwich
  6. Upstream Color
  7. Nebraska
  8. Blue Jasmine
  9. The Strange Little Cat
  10. These Birds Walk
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