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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Cynthia Fuchs

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Cynthia Fuchs

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.

Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters.com, NPR.org, Philadelphia Citypaper

Best Film
1 – Encounters at the End of the World
2 – Hunger
3 – JCVD
4 – Let the Right One In
5 – My Winnipeg
6 – Nerakhoon (The Betrayal)
7 – Standard Operating Procedure
8 – Trouble the Water
9 – Up the Yangtze
10 – Wendy and Lucy
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Performance
1 – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
2 – Emily Mortimer, Transsiberian
3 – Sean Penn, Milk
4 – Rutina Wesley, How She Move
5 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Viola Davis, Doubt
2 – Danai Jekesai Gurira, The Visitor
3 – Satish Kaushik, Brick Lane
4 – Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
5 – Misty Upham, Frozen River
7. Note: NOT RANKED

Best Director
Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

Best Screenplay
Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, Nerakhoon (The Betrayal)

Best First Feature
Ballast

Best Documentary
Waltz with Bashir

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