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indieWIRE CRITICS’ POLL ’08 | Leo Goldsmith

indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Leo Goldsmith

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.

Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You, Reverse Shot, indieWIRE

Best Film
1 – A Christmas Tale
2 – Flight of the Red Balloon
3 – Silent Light
4 – The Wrestler
5 – Woman on the Beach
6 – Hunger
7 – Wendy and Lucy
8 – The Order of Myths
9 – Ashes of Time Redux
10 – Paranoid Park

Best Performance
1 – Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon
2 – Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
3 – Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In
4 – Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
5 – Francois Begaudeau, The Class

Best Supporting Performance
1 – Emmanuelle Devos, A Christmas Tale
2 – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
3 – Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky
4 – Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
5 – Werner Herzog, Mister Lonely

Best Director
Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale

Best Screenplay
Hong Sang-soo, Woman on the Beach

Best First Feature
Hunger

Best Documentary
The Order of Myths

Best Undistributed Film
1 – In a Dream
2 – Chouga
3 – Night and Day
Note: NOT RANKED

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