iW CRITICS POLL ’08 | The Complete Results

iW CRITICS POLL '08 | The Complete Results

A total of 105 leading North American film critics participated in the third indieWIRE Critics’ Poll, surveying the best in film for 2008. Voting was conducted in eight categories this month. This poll was created to continue 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. (Details on how the scores were tabulated are available at the end of this page.)

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# BEST FILM Points Mentions
1 The Flight of the Red Balloon 495 43
2 A Christmas Tale 454 38
3 WALL-E 368 32
4 Wendy and Lucy 366 36
5 Happy-Go-Lucky 346 31
6 Paranoid Park 335 31
7 Still Life 330 31
8 Silent Light 310 26
9 Synecdoche, New York 290 25
10 Waltz with Bashir 283 27
11 Rachel Getting Married 267 24
12 In the City of Sylvia 256 22
13 My Winnipeg 248 27
14 Let the Right One In 237 22
15 Milk 205 20
16 The Edge of Heaven 203 17
17 Hunger 198 19
18 The Wrestler 192 19
19 Ballast 177 17
20 Man on Wire 165 16

COMPLETE LIST OF BEST FILM VOTES

# BEST DIRECTOR Mentions
1 Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Flight of the Red Balloon 10
2 Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky 9
3 Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale 8
Jose Luis Guerin, In The City of Sylvia 8
5 Carlos Reygadas, Silent Light 6
6 Gus Van Sant, Milk 5
7 Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire 4
Fatih Akin, The Edge of Heaven 4
Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park 4
Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy 4
Steven Soderbergh, Che 4
12 Ari Folman, Waltz With Bashir 3
Eric Rohmer, The Romance of Astree and Celadon 3
Guy Maddin, My Winnipeg 3
Jacques Rivette, The Duchess of Langeais 3
Jia Zhang-ke, Still Life 3
17 Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York 2
Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler 2
Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married 2
Laurent Cantet, The Class 2

# BEST FIRST FEATURE Mentions
1 Ballast, Lance Hammer 24
2 Hunger, Steve McQueen 11
3 Frozen River, Courtney Hunt 9
4 Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman 8
5 Reprise, Joachim Trier 6
6 Frownland, Ronald Bronstein 5
7 Shotgun Stories, Jeff Nichols 4
8 In Bruges, Martin McDonagh 2
Jellyfish, Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret 2
Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins 2
The Gits, Kerri O’Kane 2
12 Ben X, Nic Balthazar 1
Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness, Laurin Federlein 1
Charlie Bartlett, Jon Poll 1
Choose Connor, Luke Eberl 1
Fear(s) of the Dark, Blutch, Burns, Caillou, Di Sciullo, Mattotti,
McGuire
1
Fear(s) of the Dark, Charles Burns (segment) 1
Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Nicholas Stoller 1
Moving Midway, Godfrey Cheshire 1
My Father My Lord 1
Quid Pro Quo, Carlos Brooks 1
Taking Father Home, Ying Liang 1
The Betrayal – Nerakhoon, Ellen Kuras and Thavi Prasavath 1
The Foot Fist Way, Jody Hill 1
The Pool, Chris Smith 1
Tokyo Gore Police, Yoshihiro Nishimura 1
Wonderful Town, Aditya Assarat 1
XXY, Lucía Puenzo 1

# BEST PERFORMANCE Points Mentions
1 Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler 548 49
2 Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky 514 46
3 Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy 462 46
4 Sean Penn, Milk 424 41
5 Juliette Binoche, The Flight of the Red Balloon 404 38
6 Asia Argento, Boarding Gate, Mother of Tears, Last Mistress 152 15
7 Melissa Leo, Frozen River 120 12
8 Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married 114 12
9 Guillaume Depardieu, The Duchess of Langeais 104 11
10 Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York 98 10
11 Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale 96 11
12 Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long 90 10
13 Michael Fassbender, Hunger 78 7
14 Benicio Del Toro, Che 70 8
15 Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road 68 7
16 Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale 56 7
17 Richard Jenkins, The Visitor 54 6
18 Dore Mann, Frownland 50 5
19 Galina Vishnevskaya, Alexandra 46 5
Tarra Riggs, Ballast 46 4

# BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE Points Mentions
1 Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight 424 39
2 Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky 318 29
3 Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York 186 17
4 Josh Brolin, Milk 174 16
5 Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road 166 17
6 Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married 156 17
7 Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder 154 16
8 Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona 144 14
9 Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler 140 13
10 Viola Davis, Doubt 124 12
11 Hafsia Herzi, The Secret of the Grain 114 10
12 Emmanuelle Devos, A Christmas Tale 100 11
13 Ann Savage, My Winnipeg 70 6
Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading 70 7
15 Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale 68 7
16 Ken Jacobs, Momma’s Man 64 6
Tarra Riggs, Ballast 64 6
Tilda Swinton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 64 7
19 Flo Jacobs, Momma’s Man 60 6
Jane Lynch, Role Models 60 6

# BEST SCREENPLAY Mentions
1 Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York 18
2 Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu, A Christmas Tale 9
3 Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married 4
Joel and Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading 4
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges 4
Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky 4
6 Guy Maddin and George Toles, My Winnipeg 3
Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy 3
9 Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, WALL-E 2
Eric Rohmer, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon 2
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2
Fatih Akin, The Edge Of Heaven 2
Ira Sachs and Oren Moverman, Married Life 2
Jacques Nolot, Before I Forget 2
Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, Reprise 3
Robert Siegel, The Wrestler 2
Serge Bozon and Axelle Ropert, La France 2
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire 2
Steve McQueen and Enda Walsh, Hunger 2
Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor 2

# BEST DOCUMENTARY Mentions
1 Man on Wire 14
2 My Winnipeg 10
3 Standard Operating Procedure 9
Trouble the Water 9
Waltz with Bashir 9
6 The Order of Myths 6
7 Encounters at the End of the World 3
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind 3
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 3
The Unforeseen 3
Up the Yangtze 3
12 Chris & Don. A Love Story 2
Dear Zachary: A Letter To a Son About His Father 2
Fengming: A Chinese Memoir 2
Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains 2
16 At the Death House Door 1
Bigger, Stronger, Faster 1
Chicago 10 1
Constantine’s Sword 1
Forever 1
Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot 1
Not Quite Hollywood 1
Of Time and the City 1
Operation Filmmaker 1
Religulous 1
Shine a Light 1
Surfwise, Doug Pray 1
Taxi to the Dark Side 1
The Black List 1
Wild Combination 1
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 1

# BEST UNDISTRIBUTED FILM Mentions
1 The Headless Woman 24
2 Night and Day 20
3 Tony Manero 17
4 Birdsong 15
5 24 City 14
35 Shots of Rum 14
United Red Army 14
8 I’m Going To Explode 12
Sparrow 12
10 Liverpool 11
11 Afterschool 10
RR 10
Sita Sings The Blues 10
14 Chouga 7
Four Nights with Anna 7
Somers Town 7
17 Modern Life 6
Me and Orson Welles 6
19 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 5
20 You, the Living 5

FULL LIST OF UNDISTRIBUTED VOTES

SCORING:
We asked each critic to cite 10 films, five lead performances, five supporting performances, 10 films without distributors, and one choice each for director, screenplay, cinematography, documentary, and first feature. Each film and performance in an unranked ballot received 10 points. Ranked ballots were weighted as follows: For film: 1 (15 points), 2 (14), 3 (13), 4 (12), 5 (11), 6 (9), 7 (8), 8 (7), 9 (6), 10 (5). For performance: 1 (14), 2 (12), 3 (10), 4 (8), 5 (6). We asked our voters to focus on films that opened for U.S. theatrical engagements in 2007. For performances that received votes in both lead and supporting, we retained the votes in those categories, so certain actors’ performance votes were split into two.

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