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'Gravity' hovers on top of Variety's World's Best Picture poll

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Sandra Bullock in "Gravity." Warner Bros Pictures

The films have been watched, the votes have been cast, and the results are in. The best film of 2013 is, "Gravity," but this isn't the Oscars.

Instead, Variety Magazine announces today the winner of its poll for World's Best Picture. Rather than turning to the expertise of only the Academy, Variety opened up its vote globally to critics, freelance writers, movie historians, film fest organizers, and more.

Variety's executive editor Steve Gaydos says the move is a way to acknowledge how important these people and events outside of Hollywood can be.

"You have to remember that a lot of these films start at film festivals," say Gaydos, "and 'Gravity' was no exception."

He adds that the poll also was a benefit for films that, for whatever reason, wouldn't normally make it into the Oscar's best picture nomination list.

"[Voters] took a foreign language film, 'The Great Beauty,' and moved that into the top 10," says Gaydos, "So it wasn't in what I call 'the foreign language ghetto.'"

You can find the results of the World's Best Picture poll on the stands in Variety Magazine or on Variety.com.

And tell us in the comments what you think was the best film of 2013.

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