ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

The legendarily tasteful Sight & Sound poll is in, and results this year are interesting. The classic British film magazine give an annual report on the best and brightest of the year's cinematic achievements, but the 2013 number one spot was taken by an unorthodox choice: The Act Of Killing. 's documentary did not receive a very wide release, but is a critical fave and is expected to be a hot contender for the Oscar race.

's Gravity hit the number two spot; unsurprising given the almost unanimous acclaim for the lavish visuals and strong lead role from . Controversial adaptation of the lesbian graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color made it to the number 3 spot, despite both lead actresses speaking out against the project.

Here's Sight & Sound's full top 10:

  • The Act Of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)
  • Blue Is The Warmest Color ()
  • The Great Beauty ()
  • Frances Ha ()
  • A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhang-ke)
  • Upstream Color ()*
  • The Selfish Giant ()
  • Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz)
  • Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)*
  • Numbers 7 and 10 on the list were actually listed as joint 6th joint 9th respectively, which I think is kind of cheating? Just saying...

    What do you think of Sight & Sound's choices? Any glaring omissions you just can't let slide?



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