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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Alison Willmore

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Alison Willmore

This is the latest ballot in indieWIRE’s 2008 Critics Poll, continuing the tradition of a national survey of critics by calling attention to the year’s best — and, in many cases, most overlooked — films, providing a meaningful counterpoint to much of the year-end hoopla. Note that some lists are unranked at the discretion of the critic. For all categories except Best Undistributed Film, eligible feature films had first-run theatrical engagements in the U.S. during 2008. Films without a U.S. distributor, screened anywhere (festival circuit, one-off screenings, etc.), are eligible in the Best Undistributed Film category. The full list of critics poll ballots is available here at indieWIRE and tabulated results are being published by indieWIRE later this month.

Alison Willmore
IFC.com

Best Film
1 – A Christmas Tale
2 – Wendy and Lucy
3 – Paranoid Park
4 – Happy-Go-Lucky
5 – Silent Light
6 – The Order of Myths
7 – Frownland
8 – Milk
9 – Momma’s Man
10 – Reprise

Best Performance
1 – Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon
2 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
3 – Dore Mann, Frownland
4 – Galina Vishnevskaya, Alexandra
5 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Josh Brolin, Milk
2 – Flo Jacobs, Momma’s Man
3 – Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale
4 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
5 – Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Love Songs

Best Director
Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park

Best Screenplay
Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu, A Christmas Tale

Best First Feature
Frownland

Best Documentary
The Order of Myths

Best Undistributed Film
1 – The Headless Woman
2 – Somers Town
3 – Sita Sings The Blues
4 – I’m Gonna Explode
5 – Munyurangabo
6 – Sparrow
7 – Tulpan
8 – Katyn
9 – New Orleans, Mon Amour
Note: NOT RANKED

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