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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Amy Taubin

By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 21, 2008 at 5:49AM

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.
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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.

Amy Taubin
Film Comment

Best Film
1 - Che
2 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3 - Ashes of Time Redux
4 - Milk
5 - Paranoid Park
6 - Ballast
7 - WALL-E
8 - Happy-Go-Lucky
9 - The Flight of the Red Balloon
10 - Wendy and Lucy

Best Performance
1 - Jeffrey Wright, Cadillac Records
2 - Michael J. Smith, Ballast
3 - Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky
4 - Sean Penn, Milk
5 - Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Tilda Swinton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2 - Ken Jacobs, Momma Man
3 - Eammon Walker, Cadillac Records
4 - Beyonce Knowles, Cadillac Record
5 - Jim Myron Ross, Ballast

Best Director
Steven Soderbergh, Che

Best Screenplay
Lance Hammer, Ballast

Best First Feature
Ballast

Best Documentary
Wild Combination

Best Undistributed Film
1 - The Headless Woman
2 - Charly
3 - Sad Vacation
4 - Unrelated
5 - The Stranger's Land
6 - Still Walking
7 - United Red Army
Note: NOT RANKED

This article is related to: Critics' Poll







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