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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Geoffrey O'Brien

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.

Geoffrey O'Brien

Best Film
1 - The Romance of Astrea and Celadon
2 - Changeling
3 - Gomorrah
4 - A Christmas Tale
5 - The Duchess of Langeais
6 - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7 - My Winnipeg
8 - Red Belt
9 - Silent Light
10 - Milk
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Performance
1 - Sean Penn, Milk
2 - Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale
3 - Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4 - Chiwitel Ejiofor, Redbelt
5 - Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Columbus Short, Cadillac Records
2 - Eddie Marsan, Happy Go Lucky
3 - Patricia Clarkson, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4 - Josh Brolin, Milk
5 - Emmanuelle Devos, A Christmas Tale
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Director
Eric Rohmer, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Vicky Christina Barcelona

Best Documentary
Doc

Best Undistributed Film
1 - The Headless Woman
2 - Cordero de Dios
3 - Captain Ahab
Note: NOT RANKED

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