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indieWIRE CRITICS' POLL '08 | Juergen Fauth

Indiewire By Andy Lauer | Indiewire December 22, 2008 at 9:52AM

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.

Jurgen Fauth
About.com (http://worldfilm.about.com)

Best Film
1 - Che
2 - A Christmas Tale
3 - Speed Racer
4 - Man on Wire
5 - In Bruges
6 - The Edge of Heaven
7 - Tell No One
8 - Let the Right One In
9 - The Wrestler
10 - Love Songs

Best Performance
1 - Benicio Del Toro, Che
2 - Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
3 - Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky
4 - Guillaume Depardieu, The Duchess of Langeais
5 - Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long
NOT RANKED

Best Supporting Performance
1 - Vera Farmiga, Nothing But the Truth
2 - Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale
3 - Eddie Marsan, Happy Go Lucky
4 - Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
5 - Tilda Swinton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Note: NOT RANKED

Best Director
Steven Soderbergh, Che

Best Screenplay
Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu, A Christmas Tale

Best First Feature
In Bruges

Best Documentary
Man on Wire

Best Undistributed Film
1 - United Red Army
2 - Black Ice
3 - Tony Manero
4 - Sparrow
5 - Quiet Chaos
6 - My Mother, My Bride, and I
7 - Megane
8 - Werther
9 - Jesus Christ Savior
10 - Troubled Water
Note: NOT RANKED

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