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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Jim Ridley

By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 23, 2008 at 9:34AM

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.

Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene

Best Film
1 - The Exiles
2 - Rachel Getting Married
3 - In the City of Sylvia
4 - Let the Right One In
5 - Paranoid Park
6 - The Order of Myths
7 - Synecdoche, New York
8 - My Winnipeg
9 - The Unforeseen
10 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Performance
1 - Sean Penn, Milk
2 - Asia Argento, The Last Mistress
3 - Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
4 - Lina Leanderssen, Let the Right One In
5 - Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2 - Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
3 - Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
4 - Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
5 - Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married

Best Director
Jose Luis Guerin, In the City of Sylvia

Best Screenplay
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married

Best First Feature
Ballast

Best Documentary
The Order of Myths

Best Undistributed Film
1 - A Gentle Breeze in the Village
2 - Rec
3 - End of the Line
4 - Make-Out with Violence
5 - Interkosmos
Note: NOT RANKED

This article is related to: Critics' Poll