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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Benjamin Strong

By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 21, 2008 at 6:39AM

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.

Benjamin Strong
Freelance, L magazine

Best Film
1 - Boarding Gate
2 - The Duchess of Langeais
3 - Encounters at the End of the World
4 - Gran Torino
5 - Mary
6 - Mister Lonely
7 - Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind
8 - Still Life
9 - W.
10 - The Witnesses
3. Note: NOT RANKED

Best Performance
1 - Guillaume Depardieu, The Duchess of Langeais
2 - Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale
3 - Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
4 - Sean Penn, Milk
5 - Ludivine Sagnier, A Girl Cut in Two
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Kevin Bacon, Frost/Nixon
2 - Josh Brolin, Milk
3 - Richard Dreyfuss, W.
4 - Judy Greer, 27 Dresses
5 - Thandie Newton, W.
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Director
John Gianvito, Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

Best Screenplay
Avi Korine and Harmony Korine, Mister Lonely

Best Documentary
Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind

Best Undistributed Film
1 - Adventure, Poseidon, The (The Unsinking of My Ship)
2 - A Headless Woman
3 - RR
Note: NOT RANKED

This article is related to: Critics' Poll